Who works for SCM?
L-R: Lizzie, Lisa, Ruth N, Rach, Ruth W, Ellis & Simon
National Coordinator - Hilary Topp Hilary's role is to manage the staff team and SCM's strategic vision. She also has responsibilities for fundraising and networking. Before coming to SCM she worked for Pax Christi, the International Catholic Peace Movement, as their Education Worker. She has also taught science in secondary schools in the UK, and in Tanzania with Voluntary Service Overseas. Hilary is a Quaker, with strong ecumenical tendencies. She enjoys walking, camping, cycling, holidays, reading, painting, catching up with friends and playing her flute.
National Coordinator (Maternity Cover) - Simon Densham Simon's role is to manage the staff team and SCM's strategic vision while Hilary is away on maternity leave. He too will have responsibility for fundraising and networking. Simon has previously worked as a youth worker on the Isle of Man where he headed up a project called The Upper Room that was a purpose built live music venue for young people. In his most recent venture, he has been exploring what ministry looks like as a Bar Manager for a local church in Bournville and one day hopes to have his own microbrewery. He comes from a Baptist Tradition but is ecumenically minded. He loves any form of music or sport.
Operations Manager – Lisa Murphy Lisa oversees SCM's finances and projects, and also manages some members of the staff team. Before working for SCM Lisa completed a foundation degree in Youth Ministry at Newman University in Birmingham and has worked as a chaplaincy assistant and youth worker. Lisa is a Catholic and likes the colour purple, sunshine and being by the sea.
Groups Worker - Lizzie Gawen Lizzie supports SCM groups, chaplaincies and Link Churches through visits, encouragement and training. Lizzie graduated from her degree in Third World Development Studies in January 2011 and went on to work for the SPEAK Network. Lizzie is a follower of Christ with ecumenical and charismatic tendencies. She enjoys performing spoken word, cooking, dancing, gardening and playing board games.
Faith in Action Project Worker – Ruth Wilde In her role as part of the Faith in Action project, Ruth works with local groups and individual members to enable them to think creatively about faith, injustice and action. Ruth recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Theology at the Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham and has been involved in many ways of putting faith into action like Citizens UK and Christian Peacemaker Teams. She has also been involved in LGBT+ campaigning in the Church of England, but now attends Quaker meeting. In her spare time, she likes watching Netflix series, walking in the countryside and going to see Derby County FC.
Administration Assistant - Ruth Naylor Ruth provides admin support to the staff team and makes sure that everything in the office is running smoothly. Before joining SCM Ruth was based in Cornwall where she studied Fine Art at Falmouth University. She stayed in Cornwall for a few years after graduating in order to follow a career as a Fine Artist. She will be working part-time with SCM in order to continue to pursue her passion for painting. Ruth is an evangelical follower of Christ with charismatic inclinations. She enjoys playing board games, binge watching Gilmore Girls, visiting National Trust houses and going for brunch (eggs benedict is a firm favourite).
Regional Development Worker (North West) - Rach Collins Rach works with groups, chaplaincies and Link Churches in the North West region. She studied Youth and Community Development Work at the University of Cumbria in Lancaster, and has worked in Methodist Churches with children, young people and families. She has a variety of random skills including throwing bowls on a potter’s wheel, face painting, puppeteering and making balloon model dogs. Rach is a Methodist and is involved with Methodist Women in Britain. She is a seventh generation preacher and enjoys finding ways of using creative prayer in her services. In her spare time she enjoys knitting, watching TV boxsets, and is very obsessed with Geocaching.
SCM Connect Project Worker - Rob Chivers Rob is the SCM connect project worker and is responsible for developing SCM’s work with 16-18-year olds helping them to prepare for university and grow in their faith. He was born and raised in Croydon, South London before moving to Coventry to study at ‘Nexus institute of creative arts’ for 3 years. Rob then went on to study Youth Work, Community and Practical Theology at CYM in Oxford while being placed in a church back in South London. He has now moved back to Coventry with his wife. Rob is from a Baptist background but is looking for a new church to call home. Rob is a drummer, a lover of a wide range of musical genres, competitive sport, craft beers, exciting mind-expanding theology and social gaming.