Who works for SCM?
L-R: Callum, Jen, Ruth, Hilary, Rach, Lisa, Emma, and Rob
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.
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.
Finance and Communications Officer - Ruth Harvey Ruth is part of SCM's Communications team and has a particular responsibility for blogs, social media and E-news. She also deals with the financial admin alongside Lisa. 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, and now works part-time with SCM in order to continue to pursue her passion for painting and drawing. She enjoys binge watching Gilmore Girls, Brooklyn 99 or The Office (US), visiting National Trust houses with her husband 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.
Regional Development Worker (North East) - Emma TempleEmma works with SCM’s students, communities, churches and chaplaincies in the North East and Yorkshire, as well as heading up the Faith in Action project. She has been involved with SCM since her undergraduate days studying philosophy in Leeds, and still lives in Leeds studying philosophy for a part time masters. She has previously worked with students through chaplaincy outreach and working to support international students. Emma has always seen social action and faith as intertwined and has worked with Student Action for Refugees, been involved with protesting the arms fair, volunteered in her local real junk food café, and has a passion for craftivism. She loves singing, cooking, crafting, Jesus, kittens, and a good cup of tea – not necessarily in that order!
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.
Fundraising and Communications Officer - Jen Nicholas Jen is working on bringing in funds for SCM's exciting projects, and for raising the profile of the organisation. She came to faith in her teenage years in an Evangelical church, but now describes herself as a 'Quanglican' or 'Borderline Quaker' - she enjoys the ritual and community of the Church of England but has strong Quaker leanings. Jen is a Brummie born and bred, studied English Literature & Cultural Studies at the University of Central England has previously worked for (amongst others) Birmingham City Mission, YMCA Black Country, and Birmingham Museums Trust. When not fundraising and communicating, Jen can often be found with her nose in a book, with knitting needles in her hands, fussing cats, walking dogs, up a fell, or being Auntie Jen to her eight nieces and nephews. She is also a big fan of tea and cake.
Administration Assistant - Callum FisherCallum supports the staff team at SCM with general administration. He was brought up in Solihull before moving to Coventry to study Popular Music and Worship at Nexus Institute of Creative Arts, and completed his degree at Southampton Solent Univeristy. He has gained administration skills from opportunities alongside his studies and in his full time employment since graduating. Callum attends a newly planted Church of England church in Coventry, and enjoys getting stuck in there and helping out. He is working part-time with SCM, and is continuing to study and teach music and perform regularly. Callum also enjoys cooking, travelling and watching the rugby.