Who works for SCM?
CEO - The Revd Naomi Nixon Naomi is a Church of England priest with a background of working in education, she led a chaplaincy in Further Education, taught youth work and later ran staff development for the clergy of the diocese of Coventry. She is a pioneer minister in her spare time in a church where SCM alumni and current students make up a fair proportion of the congregation! She loves binge watching TV and sewing and is trying to finish her PhD (do not watch this space). Being the CEO of SCM means Christian servant leadership in action because first and foremost we are student led.
Operations Manager - Lisa Murphy Lisa oversees the day to day operations of the movement, including managing projects such as Faith in Action, monitoring the finances and supporting the trustees as their clerk. She has worked for SCM since 2010 and continues to be inspired and enthused by SCM members. In her spare time Lisa enjoys reading, crocheting and spending time with her husband and two sons.
Comms and Marketing Officer - Ruth Harvey Ruth is part of SCM's Communications team and has a particular responsibility for blogs, social media and E-news. 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).
Faith in Action Project Worker (Social Justice) - Phoebe Edmonds Phoebe has just finished a degree in Applied Theatre and Community Drama, using theatre as a tool for social and political change. She have a passion for creating work which inspires thought and action, and is excited to begin her journey with SCM using this experience to run campaigns and workshops to facilitate others to do the same. Roots in Quakerism have led her believe of that of God, (sometimes translated to that of good in everyone), which she hopes to bring into the campaigns we create together. This mindset means She finds joy in working with many different people, often creating theatre and community events together, such as refugees, LGBTQIA+ young people and older gardeners. She's excited to facilitate and work with other aspiring activists to begin carving the world we wish to live in, and maybe getting a bit creative with it along the way…
Faith in Action Project Worker (Theology & Resources) - William Gibson William is currently entering his final year of studying Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow, is an associate member of the Iona Community and a member of the Church of Scotland. William has recently finished working at Apple where he led organising efforts to unionise the first Apple store in the UK. For him, faith in action is the place where we encounter Christ and discover what it means to follow God. He embraces both activism and contemplation, individual efforts and collective participation as equally valid and necessary expressions of faith in action. Especially when these actions encourage us to stand in solidarity with, raise our voices for or be community alongside society’s most marginalised.
Fundraiser - Naomi Orrell In a past life, Naomi worked as a freelance musician in London where she specialised in historical viola. After the Covid-19 pandemic, she moved away from working in music and looked for work that allowed her to engage her passion for social justice with her faith. Alongside her work at SCM, she works at York St John University in the chaplaincy team. When she is not working, she spends her time knitting, watching reality TV and playing the nyckelharpa (in an earnest attempt to fulfil her longtime dream of becoming a Swedish folk musician).
Finance & Fundraising Administrator - Jen Nicholas Jen is here to help process all things money! She has worked for the Movement before in 2018. When she's not in the office geeking out over spreadsheets, she's studying a psychology degree with the Open University. She uses her spare time to be Auntie Jen to her ten nieces and nephews, watch lots of films (especially old black and white Hollywood ones), listen to music, read stupidly long, literary novels, and craft mindfully with yarn.
Movement Administrator - John Wallace-Howell John is the main point of contact for all the groups and members that make up our glorious, inclusive movement. He worked for SCM before back in the halcyon days of the Seeds of Liberation conference and is delighted to be back on the staff team. In his spare time he watches an inordinate amount of sport and films; plays League of Legends in a spectacularly poor fashion; and regularly loses games of Warhammer.