Revd Andrew Walker – Chairman

Andrew Walker was ordained in 1985 and after serving in parishes in Fareham, St John’s Wood and Streatham was the founder director of the London Centre for Spirituality.  He has just been appointed as the new vicar at St Mary’s Bourne Street and will be licensed on Sunday 18th June 2017.  He is a Psychosynthesis Counsellor and Supervisor and Director of the London based Ignatian Spirituality Course.  He lists his hobbies as gardening, reading, the cinema, cooking and eating.

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Revd Richard Hayes – Vice Chairman

Richard Hayes served in curacies in Dartford, Kent and at St Stephen’s South Kensington and subsequently in Ruislip, Ealing , St Peter and in the city at St Edmund King and Martyr and St Mary Woolnoth in Lombard Street. Here he developed the London Centre of Spirituality in its early years and taught on the course then run at Margaret Street, London. Now living in Shrewsbury in his native county of Shropshire he has, in retirement, served for 9 years as Assistant Priest at St Alkmund’s Church and now as Interim Minister in four rural parishes in North Shropshire. He continues to offer a ministry of spiritual accompaniment, and is a Director and Trustee of the Coach House Retreat House at Kilmuir, Ross and Cromarty with which the SRC is closely involved. He is interested in architecture, history and music – especially that of Richard Strauss.

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Revd David Sutton – Council member

David Sutton was ordained an Anglican priest in 1973, and served in parishes in his native Lancashire until 2008.Having been for many years a part-time chaplain in mental health, in 2008 he was appointed Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care Co-ordinator for Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, and has recently retired from leading a team of nine other chaplains, three of them Muslim, working in all aspects of mental health care, including forensic and adolescent psychiatry. He has been a member of SRC since the late 1980s, and is a former Chairman of the Council. He is active in spiritual direction and retreat work, and a member of the team running the Manchester Spiritual Companionship Course. As well as Ignatian spirituality, he has been influenced by the Charles de Foucauld movement and Eastern Orthodoxy. David is married with four daughters and eight grandchildren.

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Fr Howard Such – Council member

Fr Howard is warden at The College of St Barnabas in Lingfield, Surrey, after 26 years in parish and cathedral ministry. After his Curacy in Cheam he spent 19 years in the Diocese of Canterbury, first as Precentor of the Cathedral and then as Vicar of Borden and Area Dean of Sittingbourne. He moved north to become Canon Precentor of Sheffield Cathedral before returning south in 2007 to be Warden of the College. Deeply committed to the pastoral care of the clergy and the ministry of spiritual direction, he is a Priest Associate of the Holy House at Walsingham and was formerly a Superior of the Society of Retreat Conductors.

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Revd Mark Godson – Council member

Mark was ordained priest in 1987 and has been an Anglican parish priest, area dean and mental health chaplain with the NHS in London and Shropshire. From 2012-15, Mark was Director of the London Centre for Spirituality and now leads the Diocese in Europe formation programme for spiritual directors. In addition  to leading retreats and offering spiritual direction, Mark is a psychotherapist and works as Lead Practitioner with The Mind Clinic. Mark is influenced by Ignatian and Carmelite traditions, and the meditation practice of Soto Zen Buddhism.

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Lister Tonge – Council member

Most of Lister’s forty years of priesthood have been involved in the ministry of the Spiritual Exercises, whether in retreats, spiritual direction, training or supervision, both at home and abroad.  Curacies in Liverpool and South Africa were followed by twelve years as a Mirfield Father.  Warden of the Sisters of the Community of St John Baptist since 1996 he has also been Dean of Monmouth (St Woolos’ Cathedral, Newport) since 2012.

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Carolyn Chadwick – Council member

Carolyn began her working life as a primary school teacher, then taught modern languages before enjoying twenty years as a freelance soprano.  She has been involved in Ignatian spirituality and spiritual direction since 1998, and regularly gives the Spiritual Exercises in daily life. In 2007 she was ordained NSM in Hereford, with spiritual direction, retreats and spirituality training remaining the focus of her ministry. For the joy of it, in 2015 she completed an MA in Christian Spirituality at Heythrop College. She is married to John, has three sons, four grandchildren, one dog and three chickens.

Tricia Troughton – Council member

Tricia Troughton is a former Occupational Therapist and Baptist Minister who is trained in Spiritual Direction.  She enjoys leading groups on creative retreats, and working with individuals. She is committed to working ecumenically and is enjoying exploring her own creativity as retirement offers time and opportunity.

Roderic Ballantine – Council member