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John read chemistry at Oxford, and worked for some years writing software for the market research and financial sectors. After volunteering with the Derbyshire Alternative Technology Association, he became a full-time environmentalist and did an MSc in Environmental Decision Making with the Open University. He now specialises in energy and carbon reduction, renewable energy, and control systems. He advises the Diocese of Derby on environmental issues, and works with Transition and other groups on various projects.
John represents supporters on the Board.
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 Silver 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.
Nicky represents supporters on the Board.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Holly represents supporters on the board.
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 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.