The trustees meet 3-4 times a year to formulate policy and ensure the charitable aims of Godly Play UK are being fulfilled. Additionally, trustees may serve on sub-groups in between meetings to work on specific projects.
We currently have a vacancy for a treasurer to advise the board on strategy and ensure good financial practice is followed. Please contact the Chair for a discussion.
Meet the trustees
Gill Ambrose (Chair of Trustees) worked with Rebecca Nye and a wonderful group of volunteers in 2001 to turn an unused old building into a Godly Playroom. In the following few years the room was visited by hundreds of trainees as the Godly Play training strategy evolved. Gill trained and worked as a teacher before becoming a diocesan children’s adviser and finally an editor. On retirement from paid employment she took up the role of Chair for Godly Play UK. She is a lay minister in her parish and also edits News of Worship for Praxis, a worship training organisation. Married to Tom, she has two grown-up children and a little grandson.
Alison Summerskill has been on the Board of Trustees of Godly Play UK since 2009. She is part time children and families’ pastor and Reader at St Andrew’s Churchdown. She has been a Godly Play teacher since 2003, using it primarily on a Sunday morning with children, but also in primary schools and with the parish staff team. She recently completed MA in Reflective Practice and Applied Theology with CYM. She is married to Bill and they have two sons, Will and Ben.
Anne Richards is National Adviser for the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England on mission theology, new religious movements and alternative spiritualities. She works in the Mission and Public Affairs division at Church House Westminster. She is the convener of the Mission Theology Advisory Group. She is a prolific writer on theological issues, including those to do with children, and is a co-editor of Through the Eyes of a Child (CHP 2009 with Peter Privett) and Children in the Bible (SPCK 2013). She is married to Professor Chris Corrigan and has two sons, Jonathan and Philip.
Liz Cannon is an Anglican Team Vicar in rural Suffolk. She has been a Trustee since Godly Play UK’s foundation, and chairs the Resources Group which works closely with St Michael’s Workshop in Bowthorpe where many of the materials are made. She has also been a representative at the last two European Godly Play Conferences in Finland and Germany.
Jeremy Clines – Jeremy originates from Sheffield but was in exile until September 2010. He particularly enjoys working with people of all ages, backgrounds, identities and perspectives and teasing out meaning even where there may only seem, on first glance, to be futility. Interests in relation to religion, Church and worship include ecotheology, ecology, environmentalism and faith; liberating theologies of all shapes and sizes; Christian relationships with the World Religions, religious literacy and mission; spiritual direction, spiritual story-telling and Godly Play; the reconstruction of faith in a post-secular age. His personal interests include: friends and family; bread-making; cycling; peace, justice and environmentalism; playing the double bass and rowing. He is married to Louise and they have two young children.
Mary Hawes – Mary is the Church of England’s National Going for Growth (Children and Youth) Adviser. Mary is advocate for the Church’s ministry with, for and by children up to the age of 18 and young people, including implementing ‘Going4Growth’, the Education Division’s strategy document. She resources and advises the Church at National and Diocesan level in its ministry with children and young people. The work involves developing creative partnerships with Christian, Government and secular agencies.
Vicky Parry – Vicky was asked to join the Trustees in May 2017. She met Rebecca Nye when their sons were choristers at Ely Cathedral. Vicky worked as a teacher before retraining as a Management Accountant working in property management and as the CEO of a company offering support in the community to adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental ill-health. In 2008 she became a school Bursar; a role with responsibilities for Finance, Human Resources, Health and Safety, Compliance and as Clerk to the Governors. It is these skills which she hopes to bring to the role as a Trustee, now that she has retired.
Rosemary Privett – Rosemary trained as a primary school teacher in the 70’s. After a short period of time bringing up a family she returned to work , spending some time teaching in special education. This included ground breaking work as an integration support teacher, facilitating projects between special and mainstream settings. After 13 years as a primary school headteacher she moved to work as part of the Education team of Chelmsford diocese, as a school’s advisor. She is also a registered SIAMS( Statutory inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspector and had been a primary school governor. She regularly sits on the floor as a Godly Play practitioner with the Sunday Club in her local church!
Dani Redhead – Danielle’s interest is in the use of Godly Play in schools and with very young children. She helps run a Godly Play programme at St Mark’s Church in Cambridge, and leads a Godly Play toddler group in Cambridge. She works with schools, on behalf of the Church Schools of Cambridge, to help improve RE provision through the use of Godly Play. She initially trained as a pharmacist and as a neuroscientist, and holds a PGCE, MEd, and PhD from the University of Cambridge. Prior to working a secondary science teacher, she created the Cambridge Neuroscience network and undertook cognitive brain research.