Workshop leaders

Who are these lovely people running the workshops?  Let’s take a look…


Carolyn Edwards (Workshop: Children, Creation and God)  Carolyn is the Children and Youth Adviser for the Diocese of York, with over twenty years’ experience in leading, developing and writing for children’s and youth ministry. She has three grown up children and lives with her husband in Sheffield. Her books include: ‘Slugs and Snails and Puppy Dogs’ Tails – helping Boys Connect with God’ and ‘Rethinking Children’s Work in the Church’.



Pete Baker (Workshop:  Schools Ministry / Chaplaincy)  Pete is married to the beautiful Bryony and they lead Pais in the British Isles together. Alongside their role with Pais, Pete & Bryony are also the associate leaders at Life Church in Lancashire. Pete is also a governor at Burnley High School. They have two wonderful daughters and Pete is a passionate Liverpool FC supporter!




Suzanne Morton (Workshop:  Messy Church)  Suzanne is the Community Outreach Worker (or COW for short!) at Greenhill Methodist Church, and the Messy Church Coordinator for Sheffield. She has been running Messy Church at Greenhill for a number of years, and can see up to 80-90 people come to their Messy Church on a busy day.




Mark McKnight (Workshop:  Internet Addiction and Porn)  Having come through his own struggle with Internet porn addiction, Mark has been an associate with Naked Truth Project since it began over five years ago. Hailing from Northern Ireland (aka ‘the mainland’) he fell in love with an English woman and never went home, much to his mother’s disgust.




Philippa Dand (Workshop:  Doing theology with children and young people)  Philippa is the Children and Families Worker for the Abbeydale Mission Partnership in Sheffield where she oversees the children’s ministry in church and outreach with children and families in the local community. She has been in post since 2016, having previously worked as a primary teacher and in church music and has volunteered with children and young people in a church context since 2004. Philippa holds a BA in Biblical Studies and Music, a PGCE specialising in Primary Education and she completed the Aurora course in 2017. She is passionate about welcoming families into church and nurturing children’s faith.



Fiona Sheikh (Workshop:  Teenagers and the Impact of the Developing Brain on Behaviour) – Having grown up in a home where my mum and dad were foster carers and having been a foster carer for 5 years for Sheffield City Council, I have taken my knowledge of how adverse childhood experiences can affect children and used it to support schools over the last 9 years by providing knowledge and practical strategies to use within the classroom.



Huw Thomas (Workshop: Playing with Stories) Huw is a former primary school teacher and headteacher and has been with the Diocese since 2012. As Director he is responsible for all the church’s activity and vision with regards to its schools. He is a member of Christ Church, Pitsmoor.




Tim Jansen (Workshop:  Mental Health – Trauma) – Tim was born in The Netherlands and trained for his General and Mental health nursing there. After 15 years’ experience of working in different mental health settings and countries in the EU including the UK, he is now living in Sheffield with his family. He is a qualified trainer in Mental Health First Aid, and runs his own Mental Health training company called Pontes Training.




Sam Richards (Workshop:  Intergenerational Ministry for Real)  Sam is the Head of Children’s and Youth Work for the United Reformed Church.  With over 25 years’ experience of training youth and children’s workers, she is an advocate for intergenerational ministry and finding ways that we can all grow as we learn, worship and serve together.



Lucie Hutson (Workshop:  Youth Ministry)  Lucie is the Children & Families Work Tutor at the Midlands CYM (the Institute for Children, Youth and Mission).  She is mum to four children and is married to Neil.  They have lived in Albania for 6 years as missionaries where they developed a centre for children, young people and the community to provide formal and informal education.




Centenary Project Workers (Workshop:  Whole Life Discipleship)  The Centenary Project was formed in 2014 by the Diocese of Sheffield and has now employed over 20 youth, children’s and families workers, both part and full time across South Yorkshire. A number of these workers are facilitating this workshop.



Lydia Daubney (Workshop:  Bullying – off and online)  Lydia is the Team Leader for Respect ME and Schools Team Leader for the Message Trust in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. She is passionate about encouraging and equipping young people to know their identity and value in God and has been delivering lessons in schools for over thirteen years.




Helen Cockayne (Workshop: Transition from Children’s to youth ministry) – Helen is currently the Project Manager for the Centenary Project in the Diocese of Sheffield and is an experienced practitioner, having worked with children and young people in the church for almost 30 years. She trained at Cliff College, and is passionate about nurturing children’s faith and helping them find a living relationship with Jesus.



Sarah Jones (Workshop:  Identity – Sexuality and Gender)  Sarah is an Anglican priest and is Priest-in-Charge of The City Parish of St John The Baptist, Cardiff. She was previously Rector of Ross-on-Wye, Walford and Brampton Abbotts in the Diocese of Hereford and was the first person to have made a gender change and then to be recommended for training for ordination by the Church of England.  Before ordination Sarah played on the UK acoustic music scene and plays a mean guitar.



Jennifer Rowlands (Workshop:  God’s family together – Welcoming Children with Special Needs)  Jennifer has been worshipping with and encouraging discipleship among people with disabilities, especially learning disabilities for 20 years, working with Prospects and latterly Livability, from a background of teaching and church leadership.




Joy French (Workshop:  Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the church) Joy French is a pioneer curate and part of the leadership team of St. John’s Owlerton. She has worked with children, young people and families for over 25 years in churches, schools and the NHS. She is passionate about seeing people of every age grow and fulfil their potential.




Ben Harper (Workshop:  Soulful Wellbeing) – Ben has over 20 years experience of working in and around Sheffield schools in various guises! He has been a youth worker, senior learning mentor, primary school teacher and the manager of a therapeutic service for children with complex social, emotional and mental health needs.  In his spare time, he loves an adventure, cooking/eating good food and a box set!



Nigel Pimlott (Workshop:  Social Activism: Learning from Greta… and Jesus)  Nigel likes to try and change things. He’s frustrated with how the world is and is looking to do something about it. He believes young people can do the same. He is a writer, trainer, activist, and works for the Methodist Church. He also does some lecturing, church and community work in his own Nottinghamshire village and works with and for refugees in Northern France.