ROSS BRYSON, a follower of Jesus, has worked in primary healthcare in the developing world, in community paediatrics, in drug addiction and has been a GP for 30 years. He sees in General Practice a unique opportunity to care for the needs of the whole person and facilitate change in communities. He leads an organisation that enables churches to be part of this process. Recognising that there are universal needs in the human spirit led him to develop the role of Chaplaincy in General Practice.
HILARY GARRAWAY is a consultant clinical psychologist for adult mental health in Enfield, North London and prior to that worked in Early Intervention in Psychosis. Hilary has worked in a range of settings including residential child care, youth work, primary health care and was with Youth With A Mission for about ten years. During her time with Youth with a Mission she worked alongside Dr Mike Sheldon (founder of WPHT) helping to provide counselling training both in the UK and in Uganda, developing the concepts of whole person health care and establishing a community project based on some of these principles. Hilary describes herself as a charismatic contemplative and worships both in a local church and is part of Contemplative Fire. She is currently chair of the National Spirituality and Mental Health Forum and the spirituality lead for the British Psychological Society. Her desire to integrate her faith and work has led to the development of Holistic Cognitive Behaviour Therapy which incorporates spirituality and creativity within CBT.
ANGELA PAINTER has been passionate about supporting the transformation of lives through whole person care since her teenage years when volunteering as a Public Health Worker in India. Having qualified and worked as a Registered Children’s and General Nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospitals, she went on to become a Health Visitor working in South London and Kent. Her management and leadership experience was gained through a variety of roles within the NHS including: Mental Health lead, Locality Manager, Public Health Specialist and as a Trustee of several organisations and charities including: Sevenoaks Area Youth Trust, South West Kent Primary Care Trust, West Kent Housing Association and currently DAVSS (a domestic abuse charity).
Angela spent 2 years, whilst still working full time in the NHS, exploring a calling to ordained ministry. She then moved into the charity sector as Chief Executive of the Kent based Christian charity Kenward Trust which provides support services in the areas of drug and alcohol misuse, offending and homelessness. She has most recently (Until May 2019) been employed as Chief Executive at the Dorothy Kerin Trust which has as its core mission the integration of a Christian healing Ministry with mainstream health and social care.
Angela’s other key interests are linked to community outreach projects as Deacon for social action at her local church, cultural exploration through travelling, swimming, football (a committed West Ham F.C. Supporter), the arts and meals shared with friends and family. She and her husband Keith live in Sevenoaks and have two married daughters and now four grandchildren whom she adores spending quality time with.
JONATHAN CLARKE has been Director for Premier Lifeline: the National Christian Helpline since 1998. He has 38 years experience of working in mental health in the statutory, voluntary and faith sectors, including 29 years experience of confidential telephone helplines. He is a qualified mental health social worker, specialised in helping those contemplating suicide and self-harm. He is co-founder and Chair of Christian Helplines Association and Chair of Christian Healing UK, founder member of the Mental Health Helplines Partnership and then trustee for a number of years of the Helplines Partnership (following MHHP merger with the Telephone Helplines Association).
Jonathan has also been minister of two local churches, and is currently active in faith communities at different levels. He is also a trainer, speaker, writer and broadcaster on mental health, well-being, disability, healing and faith.
The Trustees are supported by other volunteers, particularly those leading our project the Association of Chaplaincy in General Practice, and by Tim Herbert who is the Company Secretary.