People

Meet the team.

Staff

Dr Kathryn Wright, Chief Executive

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. In my spare time I love to go running and travelling, as well as reading and baking.

Culham St Gabriel’s Trust has played a significant role in my own career, and this is one reason I am delighted to be its Chief Executive.

Deborah Elwine, Office and Operations Manager

I am responsible for managing the Trust’s office and general communications. This includes financial management and reporting, processing grant information and servicing Trust meetings. I am also responsible for administering the Teach:RE courses.

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.

I am a qualified Registered General Nurse, but I left nursing several years ago to become a Financial Adviser and Company Secretary. I joined the Culham St Gabriel’s team in 2006.

 

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 teachers of religion and worldviews in helping our children to develop tolerance and understanding of other people in our world.

Consultants

Dr Kevin O’Grady: Lead Consultant for Research

Research is threaded through all of the Culham St Gabriel’s strategic objectives. I take a lead on these elements as well as working with our Masters Scholarship participants.

I taught and led RE in six different English secondary schools over 30 years, before moving to Andalucía and teaching in a primary school for a further two. I was also a member of the Sheffield SACRE and agreed syllabus conference. In parallel, I was a part-time graduate student, associate fellow and research fellow at the University of Warwick, contributing to various projects including the EC-funded Religion in Education: A Contribution to Dialogue or a Factor of Conflict in transforming societies of European countries? (REDCo) (2006-2009). My book Religious Education as a Dialogue with Difference was published by Routledge in 2019 and I am currently working on a follow-up titled Conceptualising Religion and Worldviews for the Classroom. As well as Culham St Gabriel’s, I have acted as a consultant to the European Wergeland Centre, the Institute for Ismaili Studies and Sheffield SACRE, and as an adviser to Cohesion Sheffield.

My main interest is how research can improve RE teaching. We are here to support excellence in religion and worldviews, and that is why I am delighted to be part of the Culham St Gabriel’s team.

David Rees, Lead Consultant for RE:ONLINE

RE:ONLINE is a vital resource for teachers of religion and worldviews where they can find support, ideas and subject knowledge. My role is to develop the website to make it accessible to teachers, students and anyone interested in the subject.

I was 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, professional development and have co-organised and delivered workshops at local and regional RE conferences.

Dr Kate Christopher, Lead Consultant for Teach:RE & SKE Programmes

The Teach:RE and SKE programmes provide essential professional development for all teachers of religion and worldviews. My role is to manage and develop these programmes taking into account changes in the educational landscape.

I taught RE in Secondary schools in London and Essex for 11 years before becoming an RE adviser. I currently works in a freelance capacity designing professional development, pupil days and teaching resources, as well as working as a teacher of religion and worldviews part-time in inner London.

I recently completed my PhD in Philosophy of Education at UCL’s Institute of Education, focussing on issues of antiracism, multiculturalism and liberal education. My interest in the claims made for RE have led to a focus on the purpose and capacity of the subject.

Claire Clinton, Lead Consultant for our Leadership Programme

I am passionate about teachers being able to access quality professional development and learning, as well as training up new leaders in education. I’m thrilled to chair the Leadership Programme Steering Group for Culham St Gabriel’s.

I also work with schools across Newham, Barking and Dagenham leading professional development around RE, RSHE, Collective Worship, SMSC, British Values, P4C and coaching and mentoring. As an advisory teacher I have over 20 years’ experience, working in Essex, Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham and Newham with schools, LAs and on SCITTS at primary and secondary levels.

I am part of NASACRE executive, secretary of the London and SE AREIAC group and the London RE ambassador.

Social Media Consultant

Our Social Media Consultant supports our engagement with teachers and the wider public. They have extensive experience in the field of religion and worldviews and manage our social media accounts. Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook

Programme Tutors and Mentors

Our Teach:RE, Subject Knowledge Enhancement and Leadership programme tutors and mentors provide support, expertise and advice. Our current team are:

Justine Ball
Anne-Marie Brandon
Helen Bromley
Stacy Burman
Catriona Card
Kate Christopher
Claire Clinton
Rachel Cooper
Virginia Corbyn
Ruth Everett
Carol Fry
Gillian Georgiou
Josh Heyes
Dilwyn Hunt
Jennifer Jenkins
Ruth Mantin
Heather Marshall
Jon Mayled
Jan McGuire
Fiona Moss
Kevin O’Grady
Simon Oldfield
Ed Pawson
Mark Plater
Liz Pope
Melissa Raphael
David Rees
Rachael Jackson Royal
Helen Sheehan
Sean Whittle
Ben Wood
Angela Wright

Trustees

John Keast OBE

I have been a trustee of Culham St Gabriels since 2004. I have had a career in Religious Education as teacher, adviser, Ofsted Inspector, and consultant. I worked for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority as manager for RE, Citizenship and PSHE, then the Department for Education as national RE adviser. I have chaired the RE Council for England and Wales, and worked for the Council of Europe in Inter-religious education. I am also a school governor in two schools.

The Reverend Canon Peter Ballard

I am the Chief Executive of DBE Services, the trading arm of the Dioceses of Blackburn, Carlisle, Chester, Liverpool, and Manchester. As well as being a Trustee for Culham St Gabriel’s,  I am a Director of several charities including being the Honorary Treasurer of the National Society.  I was Director of Education for the Blackburn Diocese and then Archdeacon of Lancaster. I am currently the Vice Chair of a large secondary MAT and a governor of a small community primary school.  I was Chair of St Martin’s College and then the first Pro Chancellor of the University of Cumbria.  In my spare time I am self-supporting Vicar of a country parish south of Lancaster. I chair the Culham St Gabriel’s Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Professor Robert Bowie

I began my career in education as a teacher of English as a foreign language first in Istanbul and then in Japan, before training to teach RE and then working in two Catholic schools in Kent, latterly as Head of RE. While teaching I began writing textbooks and worked on a range of RE websites for the BBC, the Guardian and for RE:ONLINE. Moving to university work, I led the secondary teacher education courses for secondary RE, and completed a doctorate in Dignity and Human Rights Education. In the RE World I became Chair of AULRE, an association for tutors and lecturers in RE. I moved into primary research and now lead NICER, an educational research centre at Canterbury Christ Church University. I teach ethics and supervise doctorates in various aspects of Christian education and Church schooling. I like walking, trying to grow vegetables and also find meaning through a Christian worldview.

Lee Coley

I am a partner in Stone King specialising in a mixture of ecclesiastical, education and property matters with a particular focus on the Church of England, although I act for other Christian denominations and faith groups. I am a Registrar and Legal Advisor to the Bishop and Diocese of Leicester and have expertise in historic educational, ecclesiastical trusts, safeguarding and data protection.  I act for a number of Church of England Diocesan Boards of Education nationally and for a variety of diocesan and school-led multi academy trusts. I have led numerous seminars on ecclesiastical and educational matters nationally and have a Master’s Degree in Canon Law from Cardiff University.

Marcus Cooper

I am privileged to be a trustee of the trust and I currently work as a Director’s Assistant and Primary Adviser for the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education in South London developing Church of England education. Prior to this role I was the Senior Education Manager for Hertfordshire supporting the effective delivery of education across the whole local authority.  For two years I was the Primary and Early Years Education Officer for the States of Guernsey. I have a particular interest and specialism in improving the educational achievements of disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils. I am a Freeman of the City of London and a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teachers.

James Cowen

I am a Managing Director and Senior Fund Manager for Invesco Real Estates. I have over 20 years of financial services industry experience, initially in corporate finance and subsequently as a manager of global real asset investments on behalf of institutional clients.  I have been involved, as a Trustee, with Culham St Gabriel’s, and its predecessor St Gabriel’s Trust, since 2003.

Nansi Ellis

As Assistant General Secretary for Education Policy and Research at the National Education Union, I lead the development of policy on issues including curriculum, assessment, accountability and professionalism. I work with our members in schools and colleges and with key stakeholders including government, to influence change. I started my career as a primary teacher with responsibility for RE, teaching in both English and Welsh.

The Revd Canon Nigel Genders

As the Church of England’s Chief Education Officer I lead the work of the Church of England Education Office which serves the church’s ministry with children and young people in churches, schools, colleges and universities. The Church of England provides 4,700 schools educating over a million children. My role in education has developed throughout 28 years of ordained ministry working in a variety of roles, including: vicar, school chaplain, governor of a university, chair of governors in primary and secondary school, Director of Education, Head of School Policy for the Church of England and I have been Chief Education Officer since 2014.

Canon Dr Ann Holt OBE

I have been involved in various ways with Education throughout my professional life. Most recently I was the Diocesan Director of Education for the Diocese of Chichester as well as being a trustee of three Multi Academy Trusts. I continue to be a Trustee of Oasis Community Learning as well as being vice-chair of the Diocese of Bristol Academy Trust. I spent 11 years working as Director of Programmes for the Bible Society and headed up the first national training organisation for the training of school and college governors. In 2004 I was awarded an OBE for services to Education.

Ed Pawson

I am an educational adviser for the Diocese of Exeter and the adviser to Devon and Torbay SACREs. I spent 23 years as a secondary RE teacher and subject leader. I am a member of the Board of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC), the Programme Director for Learn, Teach, Lead RE (West of England) and the former Chair of the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE).

Deborah Weston OBE

I am an experienced teacher and trainer who worked in a large inner-city comprehensive school as Director of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development. In addition to my school role, I advise four local authorities on a regular basis; supporting their SACREs (Standing Advisory Council on RE), classroom practitioners as well as middle and senior leaders. I am a member of the national executive of NATRE (the National Association of Teachers of RE), the Company Secretary of the RE Council of England and Wales (REC) and the Chair of the RE Policy Unit for NATRE, the REC and RE Today. I was awarded an OBE in 2016 for services to religious education, inter and intra-faith dialogue. I have been a trustee since 2012.

Dr Linda Whitworth

After 14 years teaching RE to secondary and primary pupils, I lectured in Religious Education at Middlesex University for 25 years, preparing students for primary and secondary teaching. My personal and research interests are the professional development of primary teachers to teach RE and the role of RE in inclusive practice in schools. In addition to being a Trustee for the Culham St. Gabriel Trust, I am an Executive Committee Member of the Association of University Lecturers in Religion and Education (AULRE) and a longstanding member of NATRE. I chair the Culham St Gabriel’s Grants and Education Committee.

Tony Wilson

Since 2019, I have been the Director of Education for The Diocese of Oxford overseeing 281 schools across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. I have extensive headship experience including providing intervention for schools in challenging circumstances as well as leading a school designated as outstanding. I have also led two different schools towards good.  During a four-year period, I gained international school improvement and system leadership experience from my role as Principal Education Consultant in The Kingdom of Bahrain.  During this time, I had demonstrable impact in the country’s standing in relation to the PISA and PRL tests.

Outside of my formal roles, I have extensive experience as a trainer and published author of school improvement manuals and was a member of a national education think-tank. In addition, my experience as an elected member of several local authorities has imbued me with a clear grasp of the machinery of government.