Parish: St Stephen's. Tye Green, Harlow
I was born in Perth, Western Australia, the eldest of four siblings.
I became a Christian at the age of 14.
I call the city of Kalgoorlie home. It is a gold mining city on the edge of the desert approximately 650 kilometres east of Perth. I worked here in both nursing and teaching.
Royal Perth Hospital and Edith Cowen University were my nursing and teacher training institutions.
In 1994 I came to the U.K to train as a Registered Nurse at St Georges Hospital and Kingston University. I later trained as a District Nurse through Southbank University.
I am married to Ken; together we have fostered adolescents with complex needs. We have two granddaughters, one of whom lives with us permanently.
I worship at St Stephens Harlow, where I have been involved with PCC, Youth and Schools work and Cafe Church.
Reading, people watching, craftwork, visiting historical places of interest, photography are among my many interests, but I am fascinated by Biblical and Egyptian archaeology and enjoy the challenge of studying more about these things.
Parish: Loughton, St John
I was born in Sunderland, and grew up in Harrogate, in Yorkshire. There, I attended St. Aidan’s Church of England School and Sixth form, with my younger brother, Joe. Having grown to love both religious studies and philosophy at sixth form, I studied Philosophy and Theology at the University of Oxford. Whilst I was there, I grew to better know the Church of England, singing with my college choir as a Choral Scholar.
Once I left Oxford, it became clear to me that God was calling me to explore ordained ministry. During a moving day on retreat at the Cathedral of Bath and Wells, I decided to explore this vocation. My exploration led me to Chelmsford Diocese, where I worked as a placement student, first with St. Mary’s Becontree, and later with St. Edward’s, Romford. I made Romford my home for the next two years, as I explored my vocation, and then began ministerial training at Westcott House, Cambridge, in 2016.
I have a lively interest in film and theatre, and an enduring love for countryside and woodland walks.
Parish: Epping, St John
Growing up in Chelmsford, some of my earliest memories are of attending the local church playgroup.
After school I joined the BBC, working as a reporter for local radio and then as a TV producer. I was unexpectedly invited on an Alpha course in my early 20s that just ‘happened’ to be hosted by the church where I had attended playgroup twenty years previously.
I was quite surprised to meet some of the volunteers from that playgroup, who were still members of the church, and had been praying for me ever since! I became a Christian and my journey to ordination started soon afterwards; although it took over ten years for me to realise!
I have been married since 2009 and we have two young boys.