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

The current incumbents are:

Ruth Brothwell (Outgoing Moderator)

Ruth currently spends much of her time working as a borough councillor, having previously worked as a self-employed business consultant delivering support to small businesses. She specialised in helping small construction firms enter the supply chain of the large ones in pursuit of social responsibility and improved local economies. Prior to this she worked in logistics, including working in Basel for a Swiss organisation owned by the Deutsche Post, and delivering government and European funded programmes.

Ruth 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
Best time to contact: daytime on mobile


Margaret Trivasse (Incoming moderator)

Margaret is a counsellor who is employed by the NHS in Bradford, West Yorkshire.  She is currently part of a Community Mental Health Team and has a particular interest in working with asylum seekers and refugees.  She was ordained priest in 2005 and is Associate Priest in the parish of St Gabriel, Prestwich, Manchester.

114 Valley Mill Lane, Bury, BL9 9BY


07796 366220

Marianne Hayward (Secretary)

Marianne is a consultant in general adult psychiatry, with particular interests in the areas of psychological therapy and personality disorders. In 2018 she began a career break from the community psychiatry post she'd worked in for the last ten years to train for ordination in the Church of England. Having completed her ordination training in June 2020 she will soon be returning to her NHS psychiatric practice, which she sees as a primary expression of her ministry. 

3 Tannery Court, Mirfield, West Yorkshire, WF14 9DR


07904 292993

Best time to contact: most, by email

Pauline Pearson (Journal editor)

Pauline is now Emerita Professor of Nursing at the University of Northumbria, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She remains involved in examining doctoral students and developing and disseminating 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 is a Trustee of Together Newcastle and was recently elected to the Governors of Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She has been an Anglican priest since summer 2006, and is half time Team Vicar at St Columba’s, Wideopen in the Christ the King Team in Newcastle Diocese.

3 Belle Grove Place, Spital Tongues, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4LH


0775 374 4349 (mobile)

Best time to contact: most

Phil Aspinall (Publicity, International and representative to CHRISET)

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 formerly 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
07979 923855
Best time to contact: most, even if away

Rob Fox (Treasurer)

Rob is an indirect tax specialist with HM Revenue and Customs, currently leading a project on alcohol taxes. Ordained in Manchester, from the Northern Ordination Course, in 1991, he moved to Newcastle in 2017 and has Permission to Officiate in that diocese.

22 Queensbury Gate, Longbenton, Newcastle–upon-Tyne, NE12 8JW


0191 270 0623

Best time to contact: 18:00 – 19:00

Rebecca Craven

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
Best time to contact: evenings and w/e

Margaret Joachim

Having retired five years ago from a 30-year career in IT, Margaret has so far failed to retire from back-room work for the Liberal Democrats. However, she has reverted to student life, investigating heraldry in medieval psalters (which are in libraries around the globe, leading to some interesting travel). She has also failed to retire from 25 years (so far) of MSE, still finding scope for this in the academic and political communities she now encounters.  Although officially ‘out to grass’ with PTO, she is also rostered for a service on most Sundays (and on most of the others she is propping up some other local church in interregnum). To her immense amazement she has recently been asked to serve as an Area Director of Ordinands – a welcome sign of London diocese’s commitment to increasing the diversity of the discernment process.  

8 Newburgh Road, London, W3 6DQ


020 8723 4514

Hugh Lee

Hugh has worked in the worldwide coal industry as an energy economist for more than forty years.  He also actively campaigns for net-zero carbon policies to be adopted sooner by government, fossil fuel companies and the Church of England.  He has been an Anglican priest for nearly forty years and is currently helping in a benefice of four lovely villages to the East of Oxford. He was member of General Synod 2000-2015 where he tried to represent MSEs.


64 Observatory Street, Oxford, OX2 6EP
01865 316245
Best time to contact: 09:30-21:00