Meet the Team

Wendy Cooper 

I have long experience of working in the Church and Society office of the United Reform ed Church. In local church life, I am a committed ecumenical person: a member of Leaside URC/Methodist LEP in Ware, and currently one of the Executive Officers of the Herts and Essex Border Ecumenical Area (Methodist, URC and Anglican). 

Steve Hucklesby 

My background is in international relief and development having worked for 10 years on programmes in conflict and post-conflict settings in Africa and Asia. I hold an MA in Third World Studies and am committed to exploring Christian responses to conflict and injustice. I joined the Connexional Team of the Methodist Church in 2003 and have covered areas such as non-proliferation, ethical investment and climate change. 

Frank Kantor

I am currently employed as Secretary for Church and Society of the United Reformed Church based at URC House in London. Prior to that I worked ecumenically on a number of   projects  related to social and economic justice in Southern Africa, whilst based in South Africa. I am particularly interested in identifying the distinctive contribution that our Christian faith makes in our response to public issues as churches. 

Rosemary Kidd

Trained initially as a teacher, I became Head of Biology in a 14-18 comprehensive school. I was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1996, and my first pastorate was with an Anglican-Baptist LEP on an outer-city housing estate, where I was also part-time Free Church Chaplain of the local teaching hospital. Most recently, I have worked for five years as a Training and Development Officer for the Methodist Church, a creative opportunity to combine my experiences in education and theology. I joined the Joint Public Issues Team in November 2007 in my new role as Faith and Unity Coordinator of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. I also continue to serve, in a very small way, on the ministry team of Whaley Bridge Uniting Church, which is a Baptist-Methodist-URC LEP, on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District.
Rachel Lampard 

I have worked for the Methodist Church as Secretary for Parliamentary and Political Affairs since 2000 with responsibility for the Church's engagement with political issues in a range of areas. I am Team Leader of the Joint Public Issues Team and currently work three days a week. Previously I worked for the housing charity CHAS (now Housing Justice) running their education and campaigns work, and as a researcher for the London Housing Unit. I am also a Commissioner with the Gambling Commission, responsible for regulating the gambling industry in the public interest. 

Paul Morrison

I am currently the Policy Advisor with particular responsibility for Business and Economic Affairs. I joined the Connexional Team in 2008, working on the restructuring of the shape of the Connexional Team. Prior to that I was a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College studying viral disease and vaccine design. Subsequently I have become director of a company licensing vaccine technology I developed during these studies