Mr Jonathan Kerry – Chair of Trustees
Jonathan is the Chief Executive and Diocesan Secretary of the Church of England Diocese of Leicester. Previously he was a member of the national senior leadership team of the Methodist Church, having strategic responsibilities for a wide range of work, including education and training, children and young people, equalities and diversity, advocacy and outreach. He is a Chair of Governors of Leicester College and a Trustee of Prostaid, the support and advocacy charity for prostate cancer in Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire, He has previously served as a trustee of a Christian publishing charity and treasurer of an international development agency which promotes learning and literacy. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Revd Prof Michael Hugh Taylor, Vice Chair
Lecturer in Theology and Ethics, University of Manchester and Principal of Northern Baptist College Manchester 1970 – 85, Director, Christian Aid 1985 – 97, President, Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham 1997 -9, Professor (now Emeritus) of Social Theology, University of Birmingham 2000 – present, Director of World Faiths Development Dialogue 2001-3.
Dr David John Young
Following a degree in English, David became an Anglican priest in 1967. Various posts followed in the dioceses of Southwell, Sheffield and Derby, until he joined the Leicester diocese in 1983 when he became Rector of Narborough from there, Anglican Chaplain at Leicester University until 1995 and Vicar of St Hugh’s Eyres Monsell until 1998. A year later, he became a Roman Catholic and currently worships at Sacred Heart, Mere Road. His interest in inter faith relations grew during his time as Chair of the Committee for Relations with People of Other Faiths (1987-94). He was involved in a Christian-Jain conference in 1992 and set up training events for clergy and ministers such as The Crucified Jew (1993) and The Light and the Dark (1994). A key event in recent years is receiving a PhD from the University of Birmingham, following research into the theology of the 14th century poet William Langland.
Mrs Pamela Howe
Pam is a Reader and lay member of both the St Philip’s Parochial Church Council and the Leicester City Deanery Synod. Pam worked for 47 years in the NHS as a nurse, midwife and health visitor, specialising in trauma orthopaedics until her retirement in 2007. Pam actively supports the Centre through practical voluntary work and regularly attends the Christian Muslim Dialogue Group which meets at St Philip’s Church.
Mrs Jayne French
Jayne is a member of both St. Philip’s Parochial Church Council and Evington Churches Together and has been an organist at St. Philip’s church for over 20 years. Her background has been in retail management and business development and she has spent the last 10 years working as a trainer and assessor for private training providers and colleges. Jayne has a degree in Law and currently runs a business in Leicester with her husband.
Mr Gordon Arthur
Gordon practised as a solicitor in Leicester for over thirty years and is familiar with the multi cultural nature of the city. He is a churchwarden, Lay Chair of his Deanery and a member of the Leicester Diocesan Synod and Leicester Cathedral Council. He is also the Chairman of his Parish Council. He has travelled in China, the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East and is interested in the interaction of different cultures and faiths, something for which Leicester is renowned. Gordon is married and has three children who have also travelled widely. Gordon has been nominated as High Sheriff of Leicestershire for the year from April 2015.
Revd Dr Peter Shepherd
Rev Dr Peter Shepherd has been a Baptist minister in England since 1979, and is currently at Stoneygate Baptist Church in Leicester, having previously worked in Norfolk, Middlesbrough and Derby. He has been a member of the Council of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, President of the Baptist Historical Society and Moderator of the East Midlands Baptist Association. His PhD thesis was on the career of J H Shakespeare, a leading English Baptist of the early twentieth century. Peter was a member of the Churches’ Liaison Group of Derby’s Multifaith Centre and in Leicester has been involved in various activities of the St Philips Centre. He is a member of Leicester’s Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education. He is married with five adult children and five grandchildren.
Revd Nicky McGinty
Nicky originates from London and moved to Leicestershire 27 years ago. She trained and practiced as an electrical engineer for 15 years before changing direction to become a trainer, facilitator and coach. For the last 10 years she has been running her own business as a consultant working with a wide range of organisations on the themes of leadership, learning and change management. One of her main clients is the diocese of Leicester where she works with the Mission and Ministry team. She is also a self-supporting priest in the diocese.
Mr Jonathan Shuter