‘Meet’ the Trustee Team, and find out what we are about in our ‘Life as a Marriage Care Trustee‘ video, or read about our members below

Mrs Sheila Don

Appointed 08.10.15

After qualifying as an accountant with the CIPFA, Sheila spent her career with Cumbria County Council, much within adult social care. She is presently secretary of the North West Retired Accountants Group and works as a Lay judge for the Employment Tribunal Service. She currently volunteers as deputy chair of governors at her local primary school and is also a Chaperone, FOCCUS Facilitator and Head of Centre for the Marriage Care Carlisle Centre.


Mr Nigel Dorning

Appointed 01.04.11

Mr Dorning worked for 35 years in the Lloyds insurance market holding senior positions with leading companies in the broking and underwriting fields. Having recently retired Nigel currently acts as advisor to several Lloyds related busineses. He is a member of the Finance Committee.


Reverend Roger Carr-Jones (Chairman)

Appointed 16.10.2019

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.


Dr Clare Watkins

Appointed 25.02.14

Dr. Clare Watkins is Reader in Ecclesiology and Practical Theology at the University of Roehampton, where she is also Director of the Theology and Action Research Network. Her research is committed to practical engagement with faith life, in order to better understand and speak about church, sacraments, and – especially – the life of lay Christians. A Catholic theologian, Clare has been especially interested in marriage and the household as expressions of ‘domestic church’.


Mrs Glenda Spencer

Appointed 08.10.15

Glenda has recently retired from the role of Branch manager of DHL. She is an experienced Counsellor, Trainer and Marriage Preparation course facilitator and is Head of our Ilford and Southend centre. She is also the Chair of Governors of a special needs school as well as playing an active part in the life of her local church.


Mrs Annie Dunster

Appointed 06.12.18

Annie has spent 25 years in 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.  Since 2007 Annie and her husband have served as facilitators of the Marriage Preparation courses in their local parish.

Mrs Susan Hayman

Appointed 03.03.2020

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 Maureen Papé

Appointed 03.03.2020

Maureen Papé is a BACP Registered Senior Accredited Psychotherapist with over 30 years’ experience of working in clinical settings including the NHS.  Maureen has also lectured and tutored in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Universities and other academic Institutes.   She has a deep interest in facilitating learning in students, from introductory to Masters’ levels.  Her specialism includes couples’ therapy, which began with her initial Marriage Care (CMAC) training course and led her to study many major counselling theories and approaches, including a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Mrs Denise Wilkinson

Appointed 03.03.2020

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

Appointed 03.03.2020

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.