Executive Committee

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

Current Executive Committee members:

Marion Baker (Convenor)

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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Hilda Dumpleton

Hilda DumpletonHilda has been a Lay Preacher in the South East Wales District since 1975 and has served her congregation, Swansea, in many capacities. She was District President in 1993-94 and is a member of the Welsh Department. Hilda will serve until April 2019.

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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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Sheena McKinnon

Sheena is an active member of Bradford Unitarians, including leading worship. Since 2014 she has been secretary of the Unitarian Association for Lay Ministry,  since 2015 administrator of the Yorkshire Lay Preachers' Association and since 2016 on the executive committee of the Yorkshire Unitarian Union. Before retiring she was a practice manager for a busy urological surgeon and his team at St James Hospital.

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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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Christina Smith

Christina has been active in Unitarian communities in the UK and in the United States for 18 years.Since 2012 she has been a lay worship leader with Belper Chapel and has served on the committee of various Unitarian bodies including the Unitarian Peace Fellowship, Unitarian Association for Lay Ministry, Youth Panel and Unitarian Renewal Group. She is now working as Chief Community Cultivator for Derby Unity and Worship Leader for Derby Unitarians as part of the 2020 Congregational Development Programme, supported by the General Assembly and the East Midlands Unitarian District.

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Rev Matthew Smith

Matthew smithMatthew has been a Unitarian for over thirty years having joined Cambridge Unitarian Church while at University. He was a member of the President's Commission on Unitarian Education and Training in the late 1980s and served on the Council of the London and South East District and Provincial Assembly from 2010-2012. He was employed by the General Assembly as Information Officer from 1990-2004. Followiing Ministry training at Harris Manchester College Oxford he has been Minister at Framlingham and Bury St Edmunds since 2014." He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Charity Management from South Bank University.

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Rev Rob Whiteman

Rob Whiteman

Rob is Minister with Dundee Unitarians have previously served with the Cotswold Group. He came to ministry following careers in Church Administration and teaching as well as a brief period in Development at the University of St Andrews where he had previously read theology. He discovered Unitarianism at St Mark's,  Edinburgh.

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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.