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The Management Committee is elected at the Annual General meeting and consists of:

  • Three Moderators, each elected for three years, each serving as Presiding Moderator for one year;
  • Secretary, Treasurer, Journal Editor and three others (with powers to co-opt); and
  • one representative appointed by CHRISET, the charitable Trust which administers the finances of CHRISM.

The current incumbents of these positions are

Phil Aspinall (Publicity and International)

Phil is a risk management consultant providing process safety, health and environmental support and training to the food, chemical, pharmaceutical and oil & gas industries world-wide. After 25 years with Courtaulds, and a further 16 with the consultancy Arcadis UK, based in the Birmingham office, he now continues this work as a self-employed consultant. Phil was ordained an Anglican priest in 1990 in Coventry diocese, and has a strong commitment to developing work focussed ministry, lay and ordained. He is a member of the IMA, ICF and networks internationally with our sister organisations in Europe (Equipe nationale de Pretres Ouvriers, Arbeitergeschwister and the MSEs in the Old Catholic Church) and in the USA (Association of Presbyterian Tentmakers and National Association of Self-Supporting Active Ministry).

139 Wiltshire Court, Nod Rise, Coventry, W Midlands CV5 7JP
024 76 467 509
0772 004 0035
Best time to contact: most, even if away

Ruth Brothwell

Ruth is a self-employed business consultant delivering support to small businesses. She specialises in helping small construction firms enter the supply chain of the large ones in pursuit of social responsibility and improved local economies. After a career in logistics, including working in Basel for a Swiss organisation owned by the Deutsche Post, she started delivering government and European funded programmes which included London 2012. She now works in the City of London and sees her MSE ministry as being delivered among the people she works alongside there. She is also an SSM curate in the Guildford Diocese and enjoys supporting people, helping them to make sense of the gospel in their everyday life.

Foxgrove, Burnt Common Lane, Ripley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6HD
07825 432177 (day)
01483 223571 (home)
Best time to contact: daytime on mobile

Sue Cossey (Sectretary)

Sue is a life insurance underwriter at Legal & General and was ordained in the United Reformed Church in April 2011. She has recently been appointed as Synod Pastoral Adviser for the URC in the greater Bristol area. She lives in Bristol and is married with two grown up daughters.

1 Bye Mead, Emerson's Green, Bristol BS16 7DL
0117 957 4267 (evenings after 6.30 and weekends)
0117 322 1956 (7.30 - 4.00 Mon, Weds - Thurs)
Mobile: 07496 047277
Best time to contact: evenings

Rebecca Craven (Incoming Moderator)

Rebecca trained as a dentist and now works in public health aspects of dentistry and in teaching at the University of Manchester. She is also part of the chaplaincy team there and a self-supporting minister at Sacred Trinity church in Salford.

201 Thornton Rd, Manchester M14 7NS
0161 225 7336
0742 3232 453
Best time to contact: evenings and w/e

Rob Fox (Treasurer)

Rob is an indirect tax specialist with HM Revenue and Customs, dealing with Large Businesses. A keen runner and product of the Northern Ordination Course, he is in the process of moving to Newcastle.

8 Manor Park, Newcastle – upon – Tyne, NE7 7FS
0191 366 0536
Best time to contact: 18:00 – 19:00

Mike Harrison (Presiding Moderator and Membership Secretary)

Mike keeps retiring unsuccessfully from a career which included, youth work, social work teaching a health studies degree, a spell in stipendiary ministry in the Church in Wales, community organising and establishing the Engagement Department of the Diocese of St. Asaph. Some of his time is spent working with the Diocese of South West Tanganyika.

15 Vicarage Gardens, Llandudno, LL30 1RG
07910 141410 (mobile)
01492 870701 (home)
Best time to contact: Mobile is best, contact at any time

Margaret Joachim

Margaret has retired from 30+ years in the IT industry but hasn’t become any less busy. She is finally having some success in organising proper support for SSMs in London. She has completed a part-time MA on the History of the Book (that’s books in general, not just ‘The’ Book) and, having been seduced into the world of manuscripts, has now signed up for a PhD on the significance of heraldry in mediaeval psalters. In her ‘spare time’ she files flat brown plants for the Herbarium at Kew Gardens, is politically active, currently as Vice-Chair of the English Liberal Democrats, and is a trustee of the Royal Association for the Deaf. She lives in West London and is an MSE in London Diocese.

8 Newburgh Road, London W3 6DQ
0208 723 4514 (home)
07929 370026
Best time to contact: most (usually read emails in the evening)

John Lees

John lives in East Devon. He serves as a SSM priest in the Diocese of Exeter and Bishop’s Officer for Self-Supporting Ministry, having worked for 10 years previously in the Diocese of Chester where he was assistant DDO. He has run church programmes on a wide range of topics including resilience, team and collaborative working, and leadership. He also works full-time as a career coach and author, and has written 12 books on work and careers including Secrets of Resilient People and the best-selling How to Get a Job You Love.

01297 551351

Pauline Pearson (Journal editor)

Pauline works as Professor of Nursing at the University of Northumbria, in Newcastle upon Tyne. She is involved in recruiting students, teaching about practice development and evaluation, supervising several doctoral students and leading research. Her research interests encompass workforce change, patient safety and quality of care, with a particular interest in improving the health and care of older people. She has been an Anglican priest since summer 2006, and is Associate Priest in the parishes of St George and St Hilda, Jesmond.

3 Belle Grove Place, Spital Tongues, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4LH
0191 232 5980 (home)
0775 374 4349 (mobile)
Best time to contact: most, on mobile

Margaret Yates (Outgoing Moderator)

Margaret has recently retired as a medieval historian at the University of Reading and, having been passionate about being MSE, is exploring what MSR (Ministry in Secular Retirement) might look like. This includes serving God as SSM Officer within the diocese of Oxford and as Associate Minister in the Newbury Benefice. In addition, she is revelling in the space to enjoy the fullness of life such as walking, singing and painting. In all things she continues to believe that the intrinsic value of everything we do is for the glory of God and furthers the work of the Kingdom.

5 Halfway Cottages, Bath Road, Newbury, Berks RG20 8NG
01488 658092 (has answerphone)
Best time to contact: no preference given