Governance

Executive Committee

The General Assembly is governed by an Executive Committee elected by the members of the movement.

Current Executive Committee members:

Marion Baker (Convenor)

Marion is a retired career civil servant and past President of the Unitarian denomination. She is  Trustees Treasurer of Upper Chapel, Sheffield, Treasurer of Sheffield District Association and chairperson of the Nightingale Centre Management Committee. Wife of Rev Ernest Baker and mother of Tim.

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Sir Philip Colfox

Philip guided the resurgence of the Chapel in the Garden, Bridport and started several community organisations. Currently building a lifestyle destination and brand at Symondsbury Dorset, Sir Philip spent his earlier career in the financial sector, construction and lobbying.

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Rev Jim Corrigall

Jim retired recently from full-time ministry after serving congregations in Suffolk and Lancashire - and he now preaches around the London District.  Journalism was his first career, including 17 years at BBC World Service in London.   Jim was also a trade union activist, and served as President of the National Union of Journalists.  He was an atheist before discovering the Unitarian faith in 2003. 

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Hilda Dumpleton

Hilda has been a Lay Preacher in the South East Wales District since 1975 and has served her congregation, Swansea, in many capacities. She was District President in 1993-94 and is a member of the Welsh Department.

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Peter Hanley (Honorary Treasurer)

Peter is an independent researcher and specialist safety consultant. He spent nearly 25 years in the British Royal Navy submarine service, operating nuclear power plants and managing people. Peter’s specialist ability was in deriving solutions to whole submarine problems based on the minimum amount of data and small amount of time available for successful completion. Building an intimate relationship and knowledge of acoustic and vibration energy patterns first hand, provided a foundation for this high speed problem solving skill.

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Robert Ince

Robert’s working career was spent in engineering and contracting consultancy in international business and he is a former Treasurer and Convenor of General Assembly.  He is currently President of the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF), President of the Sheffield District Association and chair of a number of other Unitarian bodies. 

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Rev Lynne Readett

Lynne is a third generation Chowbent Unitarian Chapel member and still lives in Atherton with husband John and son Michael. Early working life was within the textile industry as a manufacturer’s agent. She decided to train for ministry later in life and until her recent retirement was District Minister serving the Merseyside District Ministry Association.

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Rev Matthew Smith

Matthew has been a Unitarian for over thirty years having joined Cambridge Unitarian Church while at University. He was a member of the President's Commission on Unitarian Education and Training in the late 1980s and served on the Council of the London and South East District and Provincial Assembly from 2010-12. He was employed by the General Assembly as Information Officer from 1990-2004. Followiing Ministry training at Harris Manchester College Oxford he has been Minister at Framlingham and Bury St Edmunds since 2014. He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Charity Management from South Bank University.

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Rev Rob Whiteman

Rob is Minister with Dundee Unitarians having previously served with the Cotswold Group. He came to ministry following careers in Church Administration and teaching as well as a brief period in Development at the University of St Andrews where he had previously read theology. He discovered Unitarianism at St Mark's,  Edinburgh.

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Minutes

Approved Minutes of Executive Committe meetings

Strategy groups

In carrying out the work of the General Assembly, the Executive Committee is assisted by four strategy groups:

Local Leadership, Ministry, Visibility and Youth.