Board of Trustees

The Religious Resources Centre (RRC) is grateful for the hard work and commitment of each of its Trustees. Trustees are nominated by organisations as required by our Articles of Association. Each of those organisations is involved in the development of religious or theological education and ministry in the North East of England.

Whilst bringing expertise from their nominating body, each member of the Board of Trustees seeks to ensure that the Religious Resources Centre works and develops to serve the religious resources needs of all those in the region.

For more information on each of our trustees, please click on their name (click again to hide the information).


Bishops’ Councils

Vacancy
What is your day job?

When did you become a trustee?

Why did you want to become part of the RRC?

How does being a trustee support you?

What’s your ‘to do list’ for the RRC for the next few years?

Joanne Thorns (Durham)

What is your day job?
Regional Officer North East Churches Acting Together

When did you become a trustee?
2015

Why did you want to become part of the RRC?
I value the resources available and want to be an active part of promoting these resources to churches and schools.

How does being a trustee support you?
I work across the North East supporting churches in their mission. I would be able to point them to the resources available and feedback information to the RRC.

What’s your ‘to do list’ for the RRC for the next few years?
Promote the use of the resources centre to a wider audience, particularly other denominations. Hopefully increasing membership. Engage in the process of supporting schools in RE.

Steven Harvey (Newcastle)
What is your day job?
Residentary Canon for Education, Newcastle Cathedral

When did you become a trustee?
17/10/13

Why did you want to become part of the RRC?
I was asked by Bishop Martin to become a trustee.

How does being a trustee support you?
My responsibility at the Cathedral is education.

What’s your ‘to do list’ for the RRC for the next few years?
To help to raise the profile of the RRC and to increase the use of its facilities by individuals and groups at the Cathedral – by Sunday School teachers and Study Groups.

To be updated (Newcastle)
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Joint Boards of Education (Durham & Newcastle Dioceses)

Paul Rickeard
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Martin Anderson

What is your day job?
Priest-in-charge, St Mary and St Michael, Norton.

When did you become a trustee?
In 2015

Why did you want to become part of the RRC?
To widen it’s appeal and assist with more strategic work across schools and parishes.

How does being a trustee support you?
Through contact with schools, discipleship and ministry in parish life. I value the resources available and want to make the work and outreach potential of the RRC better known and valued.

What’s your ‘to do list’ for the RRC for the next few years?
1. Greater involvement with local schools at deanery level for fostering good conduct of collective worship and training for NQT’s and schurch school heads in conjunction with SIAMS.
2. Increased feedback and ongoing evaluation from clergy of useful resources at parish level.

Sally Milner

What is your day job?
Academy Chaplain to the Northumberland CofE Academy

When did you become a trustee?
2016

Why did you want to become part of the RRC?
To develop and promote the services that the NERLRC offers to children, schools, and beyond.

How does being a trustee support you?
I use resources from NERLRC to support Collect Worship, for youth work within parish and for study when preparing sermons.

What’s your ‘to do list’ for the RRC for the next few years?
1. Become fully aware of all services NERLRC offers and the extent.
2. How can NERLRC extend its user base to all that can benefit?
3. Look for new services that can be developed to extend reach of NERLRC.

Jo Warner

What is your day job?
Assistant Director of Education, Diocese of Durham and Newcastle

When did you become a trustee?
In 2017

Why did you want to become part of the RRC?
The RRC is an invaluable resource, particularly for the schools I work with and I want to support it in any way I can.

How does being a trustee support you?
I work with Church of England Schools and therefore its work is of great significance to me.

What’s your ‘to do list’ for the RRC for the next few years?
Increase its use by our schools.


Lindisfarne College of Theology

David Bryan

What is your day job?
Principle and Chief Executive Director of Lindisfarne College of Theology, formerly Rector of St Andrew’s, Darlington

When did you become a trustee?
In October 2011

Why did you want to become part of the RRC?
To facilitate the interface between Lindisfarne College of Theology, diocesan strategies for mission and ministry and the RRC

How does being a trustee support you?
Lindisfarne is a primary user of the theological libraries

What’s your ‘to do list’ for the RRC for the next few years?
To develop the online resources available for Lindisfarne students, clergy and readers. To foster more effective conversations between the Dioceses of Durham, Newcastle, the St Hild and St Bede Trust and the RRC. To ensure that the RRC has a sound financial basis for the future.

To be updated
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Co-Opted Trustees

Vacancy
What is your day job?When did you become a trustee?Why did you want to become part of the RRC?

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What’s your ‘to do list’ for the RRC for the next few years?


Kate Jenkins
What is your day job?
Self-employed book keeper

When did you become a trustee?
01.01.2015

Why did you want to become part of the RRC?
To assist with the financial viability and strategic planning of the project ensuring such a worthwhile resource for the North East was maintained.

How does being a trustee of the Religious Resources Centre feed into your day job?
I am Treasurer for the NERLRC and therefore this forms part of my working week.

What’s your ‘to do list’ for the RRC for the next few years?
Maintain viability by ensuring expenditure does not exceed income.
Developing a strategic plan for future income streams
Ensure all running costs are reviewed and “best price” sought
Ensure financial and legal compliance with accounts, insurance and HMRC
Create cash flow for individual income streams to ensure budgets are adhered to.

Catherine Pickford
What is your day job?
Continuing Ministerial Development Officer for the Newcastle Diocese and Priest in Charge of St Marys Church, Stannington.

When did you become a trustee?

Why did you want to become part of the RRC?
As CMD officer I see how important it is to resource clergy and readers in their work. I see this resourcing as not merely library facilities, but tools to help them in their ministry, including training and development, which very much ties into my own work.

How does being a trustee of the Religious Resources Centre feed into your day job?
I work closely with Karenza and the Resource Centre in my role as CMD officer. We plan and deliver training sessions together and I signpost clergy and readers to the Resources Centre to meet their ministry needs.

What’s your ‘to do list’ for the RRC for the next few years?
I do not yet feel qualified to answer this question, but I hope that it will involve working in partnership with other organisations to support the ministry of the church, being flexible to a changing national picture, and contributing to a church prepared to develop, grow, and change.

Natalie Chapman

What is your day job?
Religious Education Consultant

When did you become a trustee?
10/05/13

Why did you want to become part of the RRC?
Having been a member for fifteen years, I see the value in the centre as a great resource.

How does being a trustee support you?

What’s your ‘to do list’ for the RRC for the next few years?
Ensure as many teachers, clergy and parishoners know about and use the wealth of resources and talented team we have.

Alistair Jenkins

What is your day job?
Stewardship Development Officer

When did you become a trustee?
10/05/13

Why did you want to become part of the RRC?
I was approached by the Diocesan Secretary to act as Bishop’s Council representative on the NERLRC board and saw it as an exciting opportunity to help steer the future direction of this asset. I particularly wanted to ensure the facility grew from what it was to what it has the potential to be… a valuable resource in the ministry of the north east and beyond.

How does being a trustee support you?
The obvious connection is finance, but I’ve found that communicating the work we do is vital to gain the support (particularly financial) of those organisations and people we work with and for.

What’s your ‘to do list’ for the RRC for the next few years?
1. Establish a sound financial footing for the centre
2. Help to spread the message of what the RRC is and does to the parishes and people of the diocese
3. Become a trusted member of the team


Company Secretary

Karenza Passmore
What is your day job?
I am the Director of the Religious Resources Centre.When did you become the company secretary?
I became Company Secretary in 1996 when the Religious Resources Centre became a company and a charity.Why did you want to become part of the RRC?
I joined the RRC as manager in 1993. At that stage it was a small organisation with massive potential and I wanted to be part of that. I think we have come a very long way but that there is still a lot more that we can do. I am excited about being able to work with a brilliant team and our members to achieve that.

How does being the company secretary inform your work?
It is important that daily practice and service delivery in the RRC meets the expectations and aims of the Board. It is also very important that Board of Trustees are aware of the ‘on the ground’ issues and opportunities. Being Company Secretary gives me a non-voting role on the Board of Trustees so I can be in the room, aware of their deliberations and priorities but also fully accountable to them for the day to day management.

What’s your ‘to do list’ for the RRC for the next few years?
To take every opportunity we can to ensure that the RRC meets the needs of its members and continues to be a healthy, proactive and viable company for years to come.


If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board of Trustees please contact the Company Secretary


 

As a Limited Company and a Charity, our annual accounts are available through both the Charity Commission and Companies House websites.

Our most recent Annual Reports are available here.

Our Memorandum of Association is available here.

The RRC is a charitable company registration numbers:
NERLRC Charity Number: 1055285
NERLRC Company Number: 03188730

NERLRC Registered Office:
Cuthbert House
Stonebridge Lane
Durham
DH1 3RY

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