Executive Committee

The General Assembly is governed by an Executive Committee elected by the members of the Movement.

Current Executive Committee members:

Robert Ince (Convenor)

Robert InceRobert trained as an engineer and worked for the Royal Dutch Shell Group for 20 years in various places around the world.  Apart from a short period in banking, he continued to work in the oil and gas industry as in various management and consultant positions until retiring in 2009.  Subsequently he has held a number of voluntary positions in the Unitarian movement, serving on the Executive Committee for over 4 years – 2 years as Treasurer and subsequently as Convenor. He is also a director of the International Association for Religious Freedom.

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Peter Hanley (Honorary Treasurer)

Peter Hanley (Honorary Treasurer)Peter is an independent researcher and specialist safety consultant.  He spent nearly 25 years in the British Royal Navy submarine service, operating nuclear power plants and managing people. Peter’s specialist ability was in deriving solutions to whole submarine problems based on the minimum amount of data and small amount of time available for successful completion.  Building an intimate relationship and knowledge of acoustic and vibration energy patterns first hand, provided a foundation for this high speed problem solving skill.

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Marion Baker

Marion BakerMarion is a retired career civil servant and past President of the Unitarian denomination. She is  Trustees Treasurer of Upper Chapel, Sheffield, Treasurer of Sheffield District Association and chairperson of the Nightingale Centre Management Committee. Wife of Rev Ernest Baker and mother of Tim.

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Sir Philip Colfox

Sir Philip ColfoxCurrently running Symondsbury Estate, a family property and leisure business near Bridport, Sir Philip has worked in finance, construction and lobbying and has a successful track record at starting and growing community organisations.  Sir Philip led the resurgence of the Chapel in the Garden, Bridport.

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Joan Cook

Joan CookJoan is a retired Psychiatric Nurse and Health Visitor, with a degree in Psychology, living in Edinburgh. She has been a member of St. Mark’s for 35 years. She has served as Convenor of the Church, is a member of the Executive of the Scottish Unitarian Association, and former President. She is a Lay Celebrant, and Lay Preacher. In her second term on the Executive Committee, she acts as safeguarding lead.

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Gwynn Pritchard

Born in 1946 and raised in the denomination as the son of a Unitarian minister and his wife, Islwyn and Megan Pritchard. Educated in South Wales and Lancashire before graduating in English and Philosophy from King’s College, Cambridge in 1968. Retired, but worked for over 40 years in television producing factual programmes before becoming Senior Commissioning Editor for Education at Channel 4 and Head of Welsh Broadcasting with BBC Wales. Chair of Cardiff Unitarians, where he has been an active member since 2010.

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Lynne Readett

Lynne ReadettLynne is a third generation Chowbent Unitarian Chapel member and still lives in Atherton with husband John and son Michael.  Early working life was within the textile industry as a manufacturer’s agent. She decided to train for ministry later in life and until her recent retirement was District Minister serving the Merseyside District Ministry Association.

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Jacqueline Woodman

Jacqueline (Jacky) WoodmanJacqueline was born in Cape Town in the Cape Coloured community in 1967. She graduated from Stellenbosch Medical school and after working for two years in South Africa she moved to the United Kingdom for work and further studies. She is currently in her “perfect job” working in the NHS as a Consultant with a special interest in Medical Education, Urogynaecology and risk management as well as for the University of Warwick as Honorary Associate Professor. She was born into a pentecostal evangelical family however her university experiences left her searching for a deeper spirituality which she found with the Unitarians in Oxford. She is currently chair of the committee of the Oxford Unitarian congregation, is a member of the Oxford Council of Faiths as well as an ardent supporter of the progressive Muslim organisation, MECO, that her husband established in Oxford.

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Approved Minutes of Executive Committe meetings

Strategy groups

In carrying out the work of the General Assembly, the Executive Committee is assisted by four strategy groups:

Local Leadership, Ministry, Visibility and Youth.