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Meet the conference planning group

Ben Phillips, Chairman

If there is a problem with the conference then blame Ben, or Bishop Donald for choosing him to chair the Conference! Ben has been in the diocese for five years as Rector of the Tove Benefice (the Towcester area off the A43 on the way to Oxford). He has found the diocese friendly and supportive. ‘I pray that the time we give to God and each other in Yarnfield will increase that fellowship and support. Do contact any of the team below if you have any enquiries. If you have any ideas for a future conference….!’


Bev Hollins – Conference Chaplain

Beverley is Rector of the Living Brook Benefice – six lovely villages south of Northampton, and the only really rural part of Greater Northampton Deanery, where Beverley is also Rural Dean. She is a member of REACH – the group supporting and encouraging children’s mission in the diocese. A qualified mission and work consultant, Beverley also leads occasional GAP or church away days, and contributes to curate training. Seeing and helping colleagues and parishioners flourishing brings her real joy. As St Ireneaus wrote: ‘the glory of God is a human being fully alive’ – so a flourishing person is a glimpse not just of the image of God but of his glory. 

At the conference Beverley will be joined in chaplaincy by two wonderful colleagues: Revd Jenny Parkin and Ven David Painter. All three are available to speak to anyone who needs support, someone to reflect with, or prayer. One of them will be available whenever there is free or reflection time, or you can find them at coffee or meal times.



Tim Alban Jones – Worship

Tim Alban Jones has been with the conference planning group from the start and his brief on the group has been the liturgy for the conference.  In addition to being Bishop Donald’s Chaplain, Tim has been Acting Precentor at the cathedral for much of this year and Acting Dean from October.  Prior to joining the diocese in September 2015, Tim was vicar of Soham for 15 years.  He was also Warden of Readers and a Rural Dean. Before that he spent 12 years in the diocese of Hereford as a curate and then as a Team Vicar.  ‘Many people in ministry have views (often strongly held!) about how worship should be led and of what it should consist.  Inevitably, it will be impossible to satisfy all the different expectations in every service being held during the conference, so we hope that there is something for everyone somewhere during our time together. If some of the hymns are perhaps a little unfamiliar and the worship style isn’t exactly the same as your home church, we hope that everyone will enjoy the chance to come together as the diocesan family in the presence of our heavenly Father.’


Sister Rachel – Worship décor 

Sister Rachel has been busy designing and creating altar and wall-hangings, with help from June Vadja.  She will be transforming two large conference rooms into worship areas, one on a daily basis. 


Michael Mills, Workshops

Mike is a Reader in the Barnack, Bainton, Helpston and Wittering Benefice, having been licenced in 2016.  An economist by training, he worked for many years in international development, before joining the staff team at St George's and Christ Church in Stamford.  He is now involved in a variety of roles in his local community, as well as enjoying time with his family including five grandchildren!  For the diocesan conference, he has had particular responsibility for co-ordinating the workshops. Apologies if it has been difficult to decide on your preference from the exciting variety of workshops on offer!


Chris and Linda Brett, ‘Conference Angels’


Chris Brett (Licensed Evangelist) and Linda Brett (Lay Pastoral Minister), head up Café Connections, Café Church and Fresh Expression in their parish of Bozeat. At the conference they will run the Pink Angels, a small team of volunteers (easy to spot in their pink hi-viz jackets!) who will help you to feel at ease and cared for. They will be on hand throughout the conference to welcome, assist with meeting room settings, give out information and generally be an extra pair of hands whenever needed.


Chrys Tremththanmor – Small Groups


Chrys is the Training Officer (CMD) for the diocese, plus Associate Vicar at Abington.  Her main responsibility at the conference will be to enable the follow up activities for the main sessions, namely Q&A to the speakers and small group discussions.  You will also see her lurking, camera in hand, waiting to capture photos throughout the four days.


Charlie Nobbs – Leisure


Charlie is the Pioneer and New Initiatives Trainer for the diocese and has recently joined the Committee.  He is responsible for arranging leisure and sports activities - walks, runs, badminton, even walking football! He hopes that there will be something for everyone.


Jackie Newman – Exhibitions and Conference Administrator


Jackie is standing in for Alex Tolley as Bishop Donald’s PA whilst she is on maternity leave.  Before joining the Bishop’s Office in March she was the Events Co-ordinator at the Cathedral and before that had numerous roles in the Diocesan Office over 14 years! As part of being Bishop Donald’s PA she is responsible for the administration of the conference and the organising of the exhibition area and exhibitors.  She will be at the conference and on hand to help with any enquiries.  She looks forward to meeting you.


We would like to thank Shelly Stevenson, Jez Safford, Alex Tolley, Howard Cattermole and Quentin Chandler for their vital contributions before they had to stand down from the planning group.





With grateful thanks to Ecclesiastical Insurance, Carter Jonas, Church Edit
and Hunt and Coombs for supporting the 2017 Diocese of Peterborough’s Ministers Conference