The Right Reverend Alison White
The Bishop of Hull
Following a degree in English at Durham, Alison studied Theology at Cranmer Hall, Durham, and was priested in 1994. She has held a number of posts since then: as Durham’s Diocesan Adviser in Local Mission; Director of Mission and Pastoral Studies at Cranmer Hall; Diocesan Director of Ordinands in Durham Diocese; an Adult Education Officer in Peterborough Diocese; Priest-In-Charge of Riding Mill in Newcastle; and she was consecrated Bishop of Hull in 2015. Alison is married to Bishop Frank White, Assistant Bishop of Newcastle.
The Venerable Sarah Bullock
Archdeacon of York
The Ven Sarah Bullock is the Archdeacon of York. She studied for the priesthood in Durham, and was
ordained in 1993. She was appointed to the role of Archdeacon of York in February 2013. Before
that, she was Rector of St Edmund, Whalley Range and St James’ with St Clement, Moss Side,
Sarah was appointed Bishop’s Advisor for Women’s Ministry in the Diocese of Manchester in 2009,
and was a Canon of Manchester Cathedral since 2007. From 2010-2012 she was Dean of the City and
Borough of Manchester, where she sought to promote the civic role of the Church of England
through partnerships with the public, private, voluntary and community sectors. She was also a
member of the General Synod of the Church of England.
Sarah is married to Peter, a physics teacher and they have a son, Joseph, who is a student.
The Revd Dr Kate Bruce
Deputy Warden at Cranmer Hall, Tutor in Homiletics and CODEC Research
Fellow in Preaching
Kate was ordained in 2001, after seven very happy years as a secondary school English teacher in
Yorkshire. Following a curacy in Ripon, she worked as Associate Priest at St Oswald’s Durham and
was Chaplain to Van Mildert and Trevelyan Colleges.
Following this she was appointed as Chaplain to St John’s College, a post she combined with PhD
research as Fellow in Preaching with CODEC which included teaching preaching and apologetics at
Cranmer Hall. She took up her post as Deputy Warden and Tutor in Homiletics in April 2013 and was
awarded her doctoral thesis on imagination and preaching last year.
Kate is the Fellow in preaching at CODEC, which is a research centre of Durham University, based at
St John’s College, exploring the interfaces between the Bible, theology, the digital environment and
contemporary culture (https://www.dur.ac.uk/codec/).
The Revd Lis Goddard
Vicar of St James the Less in Pimlico, Chair of AWESOME
Lis has been Vicar of St James the Less since September 2010. This follows a year spent as Associate
Vicar at St Mary’s Stoke Bishop in Bristol; a short-term appointment to provide consultancy on
leadership structures. She trained for ordination alongside her husband, Andrew, being ordained in
1996 and sharing a curacy with him in Oxfordshire.
Since then, she has also been a university chaplain and worked as Tutor for Ministerial Formation at
Wycliffe Hall and Assistant Minister at St Andrew’s Church in North Oxford. She is the current Chair
of Awesome, a network of ordained women evangelicals. Her first book, The Gender Agenda, co-
written with Clare Hendry, was published in November 2010. She is passionate about seeing people
come to Jesus and grow in faith, and loves spending time with her husband and family.
The Revd Laura Hewitt
Team Rector for Billingham Parish
Laura Hewitt, is the Team Rector for Billingham Parish, and is the Regional Network Leader for the North Region of New Wine. She works in Billingham in a new team, looking after five churches. Laura was a vicar of two churches in Scarborough and, before this, was a curate in Hull. Laura has been involved with healing ministry for many years.
The Revd Susie Thorp
Chaplain of St John’s College, Durham and Vicar of St Wilfred’s Sunderland
Revd Susie Thorp splits her time between serving as chaplain to St John’s College and being priest in
charge at St Wilfred’s Church, in Doxford, Sunderland.
Susie’s role as chaplain is to be available to both students and staff, to be a friendly face, a listening ear and genuine support. Her role is to support everyone: those with a faith, those without and
those who wish to explore a spiritual dimension to their lives. She is also passionate about linking
the two parts of her job and growing partnerships between Doxford parish and St John’s college.
Susie’s dog, Millie, in many ways also serves as assistant chaplain.
Blogger and Culture Projects Lead at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity
Nell is the author of the forthcoming book Musings of a Clergy Child: Growing into a faith of my own
(BRF, June 2017), which is based around her popular blog musingsofaclergychild. As the daughter of two vicars, Nell has grown up in a clergy family, complete with an ‘open home’ policy and multiple moves around the country. She studied at Theology at Durham University from 2013-2016, and is now Culture Projects Lead at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.