Our board

Leonard Beighton

Leonard Beighton

Leonard Beighton is Operation Noah’s treasurer. He is a former member of the Inland Revenue. Since retiring, he has worked, often in a financial role, with a very wide variety of, mainly Christian, charities seeking justice for the poor and disadvantaged both at home and overseas.

Leonard is a co-opted member of the Board.

Nicky Bull

Nicky Bull (chair)

Nicky read Biochemistry at Oxford and Human Nutrition in London. A mother of four grown-up children she has, since 1995, been a freelance editor and proofreader, working mainly on Christian books. She is active in her local Baptist church – an Eco-Congregation – and is also involved in ecumenical and environmental groups. In 2011 she completed a Masters degree in theology from St Andrews University, studying Christian responses to climate change for her dissertation.

Nicky represents supporters on the Board.

Canon Giles Goddard

Giles Goddard

Giles Goddard is Vicar of St John’s Church, Waterloo. He is Chair of Inclusive Church and an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral. He formed the Isaiah Community at St John’s in 2010, which meets weekly to pray and work for justice. He was previously Rector of St Peter’s in Walworth, London, where he set up InSpire – a centre for learning, arts and community.

His book Space for Grace – creating inclusive churches was published by Canterbury Press in November 2008. He has degrees in theology from Cambridge University and King’s College London. Previously he worked in social housing and at the John Lewis Partnership.

Giles represents the Environmental Issues Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland on the Board.

Philip Guthrie

Philip Guthrie

Philip Guthrie is a building services engineer at Arup, a large worldwide engineering consultancy. He has worked for ten years designing sustainable, low energy and climate responsive buildings in several different countries, living in London, Sydney and Cape Town. In 2015 he trained as a mediator and operates in community and commercial mediation cases. He attends a church in the heart of Kings Cross London, which has a focus on local community.

Phil is a co-opted member of the Board.

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Chris Halliwell (co vice-chair)

Revd Chris Halliwell is the Blackburn Diocesan Rural and Environmental Project Officer as well as part-time Anglican vicar. Chris worked as a bi-lingual transport administrator for a major Danish shipping company before ordination as an Anglican minister in 1991. After sabbatical study in 2009 exploring the challenges of global climate change and time spent with Arocha in Kenya he studied for the JRI CRES award. Chris seeks to engage with church structures and wider society to take these challenges seriously in a theological context.

Chris represents the Environmental Issues Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland on the Board.

Darrell Hannah

Darrell Hannah is the rector of All Saints parish church, Ascot Heath. An American, Darrell moved to the UK in 1992 to pursue a doctorate at the University of Cambridge, in Christian Origins, and has lived here ever since. He moved into full-time parish ministry, in 2008, after academic posts at the universities of Sheffield, Birmingham and Oxford.  When time allows, Darrell continues to write and publish in the areas of Second Temple Judaism, the New Testament and early Christianity.

Darrell represents the Environmental Issues Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland on the Board.

Marilyn Hull

Marilyn Hull

Marilyn was inspired to become actively involved in climate change work after attending a talk by Bill McKibben in 2013. She is a retired teacher, engaged in justice and peace issues in the Anglican Church and beyond, based in her home city, Birmingham. Her husband, theologian and educator John Hull, died in 2015; they have five adult children and three grandchildren.

Marilyn represents supporters on the Board.

Ruth Jarman

Ruth Jarman

Ruth read chemistry at Oxford before her career in the semiconductor industry. She is a trustee of Green Christian (formerly Christian Ecology Link) and lives in Hampshire with her husband and three children. She attends the local evangelical C of E church.

Ruth represents Green Christian on the Board.

Jean Leston

Jean Leston

Before becoming an environmentalist, Jean worked in marketing, research and journalism for big UK and American companies. She has felt called to work on climate change ever since being caught in the terrible European heat wave of 2003. Since then she has worked as climate change campaign manager for the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) and as part of WWF’s Climate & Energy team looking after low carbon transport as well as divestment, anti-fracking, climate finance, the UN climate talks, and communicating climate change. She has now decided to go freelance to focus on faith and the environment at this very important time.

Jean represents the Environmental Issues Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland on the Board.

Mark Letcher

Mark Letcher (co vice-chair)

Mark Letcher is the Director of Climate Works, a sustainable energy and climate change consultancy. Much of his current work is about developing responses to the direct and indirect impacts of climate change and bringing together behavioural and technical measures to cut carbon emissions. Mark lives in Bristol with his wife and two children.

Mark represents supporters on the Board.

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Alex Mabbs

Revd Alex Mabbs is the minister of Brighthelm URC Church and Community Centre in Brighton, Sussex. Brighthelm is exploring how a church can engage with its local community for the flourishing of life on earth, bringing together three dimensions of faith, community and sustainability. Alex studied theology in Manchester, graduating in 1995. Since then he has been a United Reformed Church minister in south-west London, a chaplain in a psychiatric hospital, a minister in Hove and Portslade, before moving to Brighthelm in 2014. Alex writes an occasional, wide-ranging blog. Alex enjoys gardening, jive dancing, and playing the guitar. He is married to Louise, who is a textile artist, and they have three teenage ‘children’.

Alex represents the Environmental Issues Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland on the Board.

Reggie Norton

Reggie Norton

Reggie spent many years working for Oxfam in Latin America and also spent time as the chair of Anti-Slavery International. He now lives in Faringdon, Oxfordshire and devotes much of his time to climate change action.

Reggie represents Green Christian on the Board.

Louisa Poole

Sister Louisa Poole

Sister Louisa, a member of the Sisters of St. Louis, represents the Catholic Bishops’ Conference on the Environmental Issues Network of the CTBI, ECEN (European Christian Environment Network), the Environment Committee of the National JPIC Network (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation) and is Convenor of the Environment Committee of the National Board of Catholic Women.

Louisa represents the Environmental Issues Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland on the Board.

Martin Poulsom

Martin Poulsom

Martin Poulsom is Head of Theology at Heythrop College, University of London, where he has been lecturing in Systematic Theology since 2006. His areas of specialism include the doctrine of creation and the theology of Edward Schillebeeckx. His first major book, published in 2014, is entitled The Dialectics of Creation, and combines these two research interests. He is a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco, a Roman Catholic religious congregation that specialises in youth work. As a Salesian (since 1987), he has lived in various places in England and Ireland and has experience of running residential retreats, youth work, leadership training for youth ministers, parish and ecumenical work, and various forms of music ministry. He has been a presbyter since 1997. He is a member of the Youth Ministry network of the Salesian Province, focussing particularly on young adult work and advocacy in the area of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation. He lives in the Salesian community in Battersea, from which he usually walks to work.

Martin represents Green Christian on the Board.

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