Our board

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Paul Redfern

Paul is a former Press Officer for Christian Aid and also worked for more than 30 years as the UK correspondent for the Nation Newspaper Group based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has always been passionately committed to development and came to realise over the past decade that this issue was intrinsically linked to climate change. Paul is also a former teacher at Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Hove where he was head of Politics.

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Nicky Bull

Nicky Bull

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 – a Gold Award Eco Church – 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.

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Cameron Conant

Cameron is originally from Michigan but is now based in East London where he has co-led Citizens UK’s ‘Just Transition’ campaign. He has worked as journalist and in book publishing and also writes fiction. Cameron is involved with his local church, St Mary’s Walthamstow, and has a postgraduate degree in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh.

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Darrell Hannah (Chair)

Darrell 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.

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Steph Lake

Stephanie is passionate about environmental justice and intersectionality, based in Bristol. Before her current role as Development Intern at the Centre for Sustainable Energy, Stephanie gained experience in the community renewable energy sector when working with Pure Leapfrog as their Social and Environmental Impact Officer. Whilst at University, where she studied Geography, Steph worked at NUS as the UK’s Student Sustainability Ambassador and ran the Switch Off campaign encouraging energy-saving behaviour changes to students across the UK. 

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Claire Ives

Claire Ives

Claire read philosophy at Cambridge University, before taking a couple of years out to volunteer for development and social justice charities. She then worked in communications, first in local government and then in the charity sector. Now a full time mum to her three young children, Claire is heavily involved in her local church, particularly in family work as well as trying to raise the profile of environmental issues.

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Hannah Malcolm

Hannah Malcolm writes and campaigns around the subject of climate justice and the Church. She is training for ministry in the Church of England and writing a PhD on a political theology of climate and ecological grief. She edited the new SCM Press collection Words for a Dying World: Stories of Grief and Courage from the Global Church (2020). 

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Shilpita Mathews

Shilpita is an environmental economist and focuses on climate resilience and sustainable cities. She is passionate about linking faith and climate justice and getting young people and the private sector involved in climate action. She is an active member of the Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN) and serves in the student ministry of her church in London. Originally from India, Shilpita grew up in Sri Lanka, Jordan and Thailand before moving to the UK. She holds a BA in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Environmental Economics and Climate Change from the London School of Economics. 

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David Miller

David spent most of his working life in educational publishing and was a director for nearly twenty years before taking early retirement in 2001.  He is married with four grown-up children and was chair of governors of their local primary school for many years.  In recent times he has been Finance Manager of his local church and was a founder member and chair of the Green Christian Milton Keynes local group which continued to meet until 2018.

David has been the Treasurer of Operation Noah since March 2018.

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Holly Peterson, Operation Noah Board Member

Holly-Anna Petersen

Holly-Anna has a background working for a number of environmental and social justice organisations – including being manager of SPEAK, a Christian social justice organisation for young adults. She now works for the NHS, supporting people with mental health difficulties, but in her spare time she is a volunteer for Operation Noah.

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Martin Poulsom

Martin Poulsom

Martin is a Salesian of Don Bosco, a Roman Catholic religious order specialising in youth ministry. He is a Senior Lecturer in Theology at the University of Roehampton, and specialises in theology of creation. Martin combines the theoretical focus of his research and teaching work with various forms of practical action in Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation, particularly with young adults. He is interested in the encounter between science and faith, and is Chair of the liveSimply coordinating group in England and Wales. In his spare time he is also a singer-songwriter.

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Rachie Ross

Rachie has worked with excluded and challenging young people for 30 years, since studying at Manchester University and later London School of Theology. She is also a Therapeutic Coach which brings theology, behavioral change and life into sharp focus. She has been active in the climate scene for ten years, working with her local church to get Eco church interest and lifestyle change. She is a regular writer, preacher and motivational speaker on any platform that will have her! Her heart is for the church , both local and global, to lead the way on the needs of the earth and she loves resourcing, encouraging and galvanizing authentic living in this space. She is married with three nearly-adult children, and they live in NW London with Totem the dog. She is also an active member of Christian Climate Action. 

Rachie is our designated safeguarding trustee.

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Kevin Shang

Kevin was born in China and moved to UK in 2012 to pursue a doctorate at University of Manchester. Kevin was a participant in the Faith and Belief Forum’s PaliaMentors interfaith leadership programme. In 2018, he won 21 for 21 interfaith award, a joint project between the Church Times, Jewish News, British Muslim TV and Coexist House.

Kevin’s interest in climate change stemmed from PhD research, which was part of the Light Alloys Towards Environmentally Sustainable Transport EPSRC programme. This experience has equipped him with a good understanding into the climate change impact of material use.  

Kevin is keen to explore how faith and science work together on climate change. He lives in South West London.

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