The Team

The Trustee Board is made up of up to twelve Trustees plus the President.  Included in the twelve are the Co-Ordinators for Action & Outreach, Faith & Policy, Finance & Central Services and Fundraising & Communications

 

Antonia Wilson, President

I joined the MU Hinchley Wood Branch in 2003 and became a Speaker in 2005 following a holiday meeting with MU members in Malawi. I was Branch Leader for 4 years from 2009 and have been Emly Deanery Co-ordinator since 2013. I was co-opted as a Trustee also in 2013. It is a real privilege to have been elected Diocesan President and our aim as a Board is to ensure support of young families in particular, as well as supporting marriage and family life for all.

 

Karen Rand, Vice President

I joined Mothers’ Union in 1992 and later became leader at the Tattenham Corner branch for eight years where I was given much encouragement and support by members.  In 2005 I trained on the Passionate about Parenting Programme as a volunteer parenting facilitator and also took on the role of parenting coordinator.  I have been a trustee for three years and am excited at being part of the new trustee board as Vice President.   I am eager to learn more about the wonderful work we do in the MU and to carry on supporting and encouraging parents in their family life.

 

Carol Hagon, Communications Coordinator

I joined All Saint's Banstead Mothers' Union in 2000 and have served as Treasurer and Branch Leader.

At All Saint's I have been invovled with childrens groups and Bereavement Befrienders.

In 2013 I joined the Trustees Board and in 2016 became Communications Coordinator

 

 

Sheila Sutherland, Finance and Central Services Coordinator

I am Sheila Sutherland I am Finance & Central Service Co-ordinator plus MUe rep & also do the Book of Remembrance.

 

Beth Shutt, Action and Outreach Coordinator

I have been a member of the Mothers' Union for twenty eight years - attending meetings as a toddler and into my teens with my Aunt.  One of my main focuses as A & O coordinator is supporting the refuges in the Diocese.  I am also Branch Leader of Send MU, a pastoral assistant, a bereavement counsellor and work part time as a nursery teacher!!  I am very passionate  about the work that the Mothers' Union does and look forward to spreading the word to encourage more people to join! 

 

Kate Ellis, General Trustee

I have been a Member of All Saints Weston MU for fifteen years and was Branch Leader for almost six years. My interest began when I heard about the MU’s work in prisons and for almost ten years I was a regular on the crèche rota at HMP Coldingley.

For  twenty seven years I taught  physics full-time at the Lady Eleanor Holles School in Hampton and  have been a sixth form tutor, a Head of House, and also Chair of the Staff Forum.

Now that I am a part-timer, I am keen to renew my involvement with MU and look forward to working with the other trustees  in the diocese to promote and develop its  amazing work in support of family life.  I am lucky to have a fantastic husband Geoff and three jolly splendid (although I may be a little biased) adult children. All this and I am still only 54!

 

Sylvia Taylor, Faith and Policy Coordinator

My background is in nursing and I have enjoyed a varied career. I am married for  37  years  to Jeremy a retired church pastor and have lived in West Horsley for 35 years .

I joined the Mothers Union in West Horsley in 1992 becoming  a  committee  member, then secretary and  Branch leader, then Deanery co coordinator. I became a trustee in 2013 taking on Social policy   part  of  Faith and Social policy . I am very passionate about women and children’s rights both in England and world wide . I believe the MU  has a powerful voice to raise issues in such places as  our parliament the United Nations and UNICEF. I hope the Guilford Diocese can be part of that  by my engaging with members so that  they  too feel a part of the bigger picture. I continue to work for a  charity rescuing children in Uganda  and have had the privilege of meeting MU members in that  country.

 

 Jane Endean, General Trustee

During our 26 years of marriage, we have lived in many places and over the last 20 years have attended various churches. We have worshipped mostly at Anglican churches. My family have now been in Oxshott longer than anywhere else, 8 years, where St Andrew's Church has a thriving Mothers' Union branch. With Jacky Atkins and Jenny Mathieson as the then branch leaders, it was not surprising that  I became a Mothers' Union member in 2005/2006!

Since then I have been an enthusiastic committee member of the branch, and I have been to Diocesan Forums, to two Annual Conferences, to a MU conference in Derbyshire and to events at Mary Sumner House. This is my first year as a Diocesan Trustee.  I have taken over the reins of AFIA, Away From It All holiday scheme run by Mothers' Union, at diocesan level.  I am always happy to receive nominations for holiday candidates, from our MU members.  The Trustees review each case on its own merits, so please do not hesitate to talk to me if you feel you have a friend who could potentially benefit from a holiday they could not otherwise afford.

When I hear little snippets of our success stories, (such as recent news of the Co-Op refusing to sell Lad's Mags without modesty covers announced on the Radio 4 news at 8am), then it reminds me that we are an organisation with a Christian voice, to be heard.  When there seems to be a lot of work involved in the MU in-tray, I remind myself of the five aims of the MU.  I think it is always wise to go back to basics!"

 

Rev. Jackie Richardson, Chaplin

I was ordained 6 years ago and originally served as an Ordained Local Minister in the parish of Walton on Thames.

I recently moved to All Saints Weston Green as Associate Vicar in January 2016 and at the same time accepted an invitation to become Chaplain to the Guildford Diocese Mothers' Union. I am very much looking forward to finding out more about the Mother Union and he work that you do and helping to support the Spiritual growth and development of the organisation.

 

Steve Moore, Treasurer

Born in Glastonbury but moved to Farnbourough at the age of 11. after leaving school was an apprentice at the Ministry of Defence RAE. This lead to joining an engineering company and working on projects in Africa, the Middle East as well as at home.  In my 30's I retuned permantly to work in the U. K. buying a village stores and post office in Kent.  After 12 years this closed due to competition from the large supermarkets. Due to the long illness of my mother I returned to the area living first in Woking and now in Guildford. I passed a degree in Health and Social Care in the early 2000's and worked in the care industry untill bad health forced me first to stop this work and then the job that followed. I retired last year but and was declaired fit again in the Autumn.

 

Lesley Templeman, Diocesan Administrator

I have worked as the diocesan administrator since spring 2008, usually for three mornings a week, but my hours are flexible so that I can accommodate the demands of my other roles. I am also very involved as a governor at my local church junior school in Horsell and as grandmother to Esther (aged 7) and Adam (just 5), as well as helping out at various services at St Mary's Horsell.

Edwin Catt

I joined the MU in 2012 and became branch treasurer for MU@HGB (our combined branch for Hindhead, Headley, Grayshott, Churt and Bordon) in January 2013 and have since attended many local and diocesan meetings/activities. In 2015 I also found myself as treasurer of the Farnham Deanery when the local bank decided that there was insufficient activity with the Deanery account and unilaterally transferred it to the HGB account! This has given me the opportunity to get to know some of the Deanery members and I now look forward to finding out how we can improve our communication with Deanery members and others who are alone.