I am responsible for leading the strategic vision and planning of the trust, developing good connections with outside organisations, designing CSTG’s work with and for teachers, and reporting regularly to our trustees.
After teaching in East London secondary schools for a number of years, I became the RE adviser to the London Borough of Newham before going freelance in 2005. Until April 2019, I worked as a consultant for Culham St Gabriel’s leading the Teach:RE course programme. In addition, I was the RE adviser for the Diocese of Norwich, and also supported the Dioceses of Ely and St Albans. I have also enjoyed being a RE Quality Mark assessor and a Section 48 inspector. I am a co-opted member of the NATRE executive and am on the Board of the RE Council of England and Wales. My doctorate in 2018 developed a theological framework for RE pedagogy in Church of England schools.
I am thrilled to be leading Culham St Gabriel’s Trust at a time of optimism and opportunity for RE in all schools.
Mrs Deborah Elwine, Office and Operations Manager
I am responsible for managing the Trust office, servicing Trust meetings, processing financial and grant information and acting as the Director’s executive assistant.
I am a trained and qualified Registered General Nurse, but I left nursing several years ago to become a Financial Adviser and then a Company Secretary.
I love Culham St Gabriel’s commitment to supporting teachers of religious education to help young people develop and create a more responsible and tolerant society.
Mrs Tracey Francis, Data and Online Manager
I manage the Trust’s online presence and data as well as supporting events and managing online communication.
After years implementing IT systems for organisations, followed by a period of self-employment I took a career break to raise a family.
I am delighted to be working for Culham St Gabriel’s. It’s very rewarding to use my skills to support our RE teachers in helping our children to develop tolerance and understanding of other people in our world.
My role is to lead on the Culham St Gabriel’s research strategy. The strategy has two strands: the first is the Research for RE website http://researchforre.reonline.org.uk/; and the second is a series of seven RE-related research projects that we are funding http://www.cstg.org.uk/how-we-help/research-for-re/.
I completed a first degree in Religious Studies at Lancaster University in 1985, qualifying as a teacher of RE at the then S Martin’s College, Lancaster, in 1986. I taught and led RE in six different English secondary schools over the period 1986-2015. From 1994-2008, I was also a member of the Sheffield SACRE and agreed syllabus conference. From 2000-2007, I was also a part-time graduate student at the University of Warwick (Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit), gaining a MA in RE in 2002 and a PhD in 2007. My PhD thesis was about motivation in secondary RE.
After my PhD was completed, still on a part-time basis whilst full-time in school, I held an Associate Fellow post in the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit (2007-2017). This involved contributing to various research projects, notably the EC-funded Religion in Education: A Contribution to Dialogue or a Factor of Conflict in transforming societies of European countries? (REDCo) (2006-2009). In addition to my Culham St Gabriel’s lead consultancy, I am currently working on a Warwick research project on teaching about religious diversity and as a consultant on a Council of Europe RE teacher training project.
My main interest is how research can improve RE teaching and I am very keen to hear from teachers, researchers and other possible collaborators. We are here to support excellence in RE, and that is why I am delighted to be part of the Culham St Gabriel’s team.
David Rees, Lead Consultant for RE:ONLINE
I studied Social Ethics and Religious Studies at St Martin’s College Lancaster before doing a PGCE in Religious Education at Christchurch College Canterbury.
I was then a Secondary RE leader for 25 years and an Advanced Skills Teacher of RE for 12 years. I became an Adviser for RE for the Borough of Poole and continue to advise several SACREs. I have been involved in several agreed syllabus conferences.
I left the classroom in 2013 to focus on helping people in all Key Stages teach RE. I have been involved in running teacher networks, cpd training in schools and have co-organised and delivered workshops at local and regional RE conferences. These workshops have covered topics including enquiry-based learning, teaching different faiths and using artefacts and photographs in teaching RE.
My work for CSTG includes editing content for RE:Online and in particular the ‘Email a Believer’ aspect of the website. My main interest is to help develop the website to make it accessible to teachers, students and anyone interested in RE.
Kate Christopher, Lead Consultant for TeachRE & SKE Programme
Kate taught RE in Secondary schools in London and Essex for 11 years before becoming an RE adviser. She currently works in a freelance capacity designing training, pupil days, teaching resources and INSET.
Kate recently completed her PhD in Philosophy of Education at UCL’s Institute of Education, focussing on issues of antiracism, multiculturalism and liberal education. Her interest in the claims made for RE have led to a focus on the purpose and capacity of the subject.
Kate lives in Essex with her husband and two children.
Social Media Consultant
Our Social Media Consultant supports our engagement with teachers and the wider public.
Our Teach:RE and Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme tutors provide support, expertise and advice
Our current team are:
Rachael Jackson Royal
John Keast OBE – Chair of Trustees
The Reverend Canon Peter Ballard – CEO of DBE Services
Professor Robert Bowie – Director of the National Institute of Christian Education, Canterbury Christchurch University
Marcus Cooper – Nominee of Southwark Diocesan Board of Education
James Cowen – Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for Invesco
Nansi Ellis – National Education Union
The Reverend Nigel Genders – Chief Education Officer for the Church of England
Canon Dr Ann Holt OBE – Trustee of Diocese of Bristol Academy Trust and Oasis Community Learning
Rebecca Morris – Financial Controller, Diocese of Oxford
Susan Newell – Solicitor, Ecclesiastical Education and Charity Department, Lee Bolton Monier-Williams
Ed Pawson – Educational Adviser and Consultant
Deborah Weston OBE – NATRE Research Officer, REC Company Secretary and Chair of the RE Policy Unit
Dr Linda Whitworth – Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, Middlesex University
Tony Wilson – Director of Education, Diocese of Oxford