Reverend Roger Carr-Jones (Chairman)
Roger was appointed as the Marriage and Family Life Coordinator for the Diocese of Westminster in August 2018 and is the President’s nominee to the board of trustees. Roger brings to this role a wealth of pastoral and practical experience, having worked as an Internal Auditor in the Public Sector and then in Project work within the Church. Ordained as a Permanent Deacon in 2008, Roger is a trained Spiritual Director in the Ignatian Tradition. Roger has been involved in Marriage Preparation, enrichment and accompaniment for a number of years.
Mrs Annie Dunster
Annie has spent over 25 years working with the international legal profession, and for a number of years was the Deputy Executive Director of the International Bar Association, the world’s largest association of lawyers. She is currently the Executive Director of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Since 2007 Annie and her husband have served as facilitators of the Marriage Preparation courses in their local parish.
Mrs Susan Hayman
Susan has worked in Learning & Development for retailers internationally, coming to England from America. She currently works as an account manager and qualified HR specialist. Her background in recruitment, training, communications and customer experience has helped her deliver on our Marriage Preparation courses for several years. As an experienced course facilitator, she delivers dynamic training to our clients in Manchester and Trafford.
Mrs Ruth Holmes
Ruth was employed in the voluntary sector for over 15 years in a range of managerial roles with national charities including Regional Fundraising Manager, Director of Fundraising and Publicity, and lastly Deputy Chief Executive. A former member of the Institute of Fundraising, her expertise is in fundraising strategy and securing grants from statutory and trust sources. She then worked as a self-employed charity consultant and trainer before taking early retirement in 2017. She is the founder, chair of trustees and administrator of a grant making trust which gives support to music-focused registered charities. She was previously a trustee of a national charity supporting adults with a hearing loss, and a member of the management committee of Lincolnshire North Marriage Care.
Mrs Denise Wilkinson
Denise has been a volunteer with Marriage Care for over 7 years as a FOCCUS facilitator, Marriage Preparation Course Coordinator and Head of Centre. She worked in IT for 40 years, mainly being involved with all aspects of technology, project management and change management and has used these skills to help develop our client/volunteer database, one of our most essential tools.
Mrs Catherine Macfarlane
Catherine is a retired HR professional, with experience in leadership and management development. She has previously also worked for Marriage Care as a Volunteer Recruitment Manager and now fills the volunteer role of Head of Centre Peer Mentor. She is also an active Marriage Preparation Course facilitator and also trains MPCFs.
Mr Adrian Toothe
Adrian spent over 35 years as a British diplomat undertaking a wide range of political and administrative roles in the UK and abroad. Adrian has his own coaching and consultancy company. He has been a Volunteer with Marriage Care since 1990.
Mr Merill Withanage
Since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (ACMA), Merill has worked in the finance field for over 40 years in various locations, cultures and business environments. Having recently decided to take a step back from full time employment, he now offers his expertise as an independent management consultant. Merill is also an active Marriage Preparation Course Facilitator and Volunteer Member of the Gwent Centre.