The Trustees meet twice 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 vacancies for trustees with legal experience and with marketing expertise. Please contact the Chair for a discussion.
Meet the Trustees of Godly Play UK
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 Play room. 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.
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.
Adrian is a parish priest and theological educator with 46 years’ experience in the Caribbean, the UK and in Southern Africa. As a spiritual director and mentor, he is particularly interested in human co-creativity with God, and the place of play as an expression of the beauty of God and as a key narrative tool containing rich redemptive possibilities.
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.
Rob Rogers – Rob started life as an engineering apprentice and trained as a teacher of Design and Technology in 1977. He went on to become a Head of Department in two Coventry secondary schools’ leaving in 1987 to train for the ordained ministry at St John’s College, Nottingham. In 1998 he studied for a Master’s degree in Religious Education at Warwick University and returned full time to the world of education, working for the Special Needs support service of Warwickshire County Council in a number of roles. He retired from his work with Warwickshire in 2017 and founded his own education, training and counselling company. He now works part time with secondary aged pupils who display Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) issues. Rob regularly takes services at a local church. He is a registered counsellor – working on a voluntary basis with a local agency – and is also a panel member for Adoption Central England. He is married to Sheila – our administrator – and is an enthusiastic grandparent.