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.
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 a trustee of the local charity Warning Zone which aims to help children and young people by raising risk awareness, particularly with regard to the dangers of the internet. 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 was High Sheriff of Leicestershire for the year 2015/16.
Revd Mark Burleigh
Mark has been a Baptist minister since 1986 and has served churches in Sussex and Leicester and also worked as a part-time chaplain to De Montfort University. Before training, he worked as a computer programmer and continues to dabble in this field.
Since 1994 Mark has worked as an NHS Chaplain in Leicester's hospitals and has led the multi-faith and belief team of chaplains since 2000, also providing chaplaincy services to Leicestershire Partnership Trust since 2016. In 2015 he appointed the first non-religious paid chaplain in the NHS. He also manages the Trust's Bereavement Services and chairs the Trust Equality Advisory Group - he is passionate about equality and inclusion.
Mark has served as the President of the College of Health Care Chaplains (CHCC), a director of the UK Board for Healthcare Chaplaincy Ltd (UKBHC) and a member of the Committee of the European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy.
He is currently a member of the NHS Assembly, helping to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan. He serves on the Baptist Union interfaith working group and as a Free Church representative on the Network for Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Care in Health (NPSRCH). He is also an Honorary Visiting Chaplaincy Fellow at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education.
When he is not busy with all of that, his hobbies include music and cycling.
Helen is the Chair of the Northampton Methodist District and is a Yorkshire woman married to a Scot. Her husband Iain is a GP and they have 3 children Alex who is an English teacher, Iona at Warwick University reading English & Theatre and Morven who is studying at Nottingham University and reading Chemical Engineering. Helen served in 2 Birmingham Methodist Circuits, taught ministerial students at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham for many years and between 2015 – 2017 served as Assistant Secretary of the Methodist Conference. Helen is an enthusiast, enjoys meeting people, likes reading novels and making soup (not always at the same time). She is passionate about Methodist identity and ecumenical partnership and believes the Methodist people are called to holy living for the sake of the world. Helen has written “Living in the Gaze of God: supervision and ministerial flourishing” (SCM, 2018), and has particular interests in ministerial flourishing and Safeguarding of children and adults. She co-Chairs the Anglican: Methodist Safeguarding Group with the Bishop of Bath and Wells.
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.
Mrs Ruth Olugbenga
Ruth has been in Christian ministry for over two decades co-Pastoring at the Redeemed Christian Church of God City of Favour in Leicester is is a passionate lover and minister of The Word. Her ministry has been develted to builing up strong kingdom-minded young peopel (pre-teens and teenages) as well as ministering to adults in vulnerable situations who are experiencing personal and spiritual hardship. Ruth is a seasoned counsellor and has been at the fore-front of partnership work championing the cause of women, men and families experiencing domestic violence and sexual abuse in faith communities. She is the founder and Managing Director of Eagle Care Alternatives Ltd, a domiciliary care and supported living provider in Leicester. Ruth is married to the Senior Pastor of RCCG City of Favour (Pastor Taiwo Olugbenga) and they are blessed with three lovely children.
The Revd Jonathan Surridge
Jonathan is Priest-in-Charge of St Philip's Church, Leicester and St Peter's Church, Highfields and represents St Philip's Parochial Church Council on the Board of Trustees of St Philip's Centre.