The Team

Malcolm Brown

Malcolm Brown is Director of the Mission and Public Affairs Division, responsible for ensuring that all MPA's work takes forward the Archbishops' Council's strategic vision. Within the team, Malcolm carries specific responsibility for work on economic issues as well as contributing, where necessary, to other areas of the Division's portfolio. Malcolm has been ordained for over 30 years and has worked as a parish priest and as an industrial missioner, as Director of a theological think-tank and as Principal of a regional ministerial training course. Before ordination, he worked for the Missions to Seamen. He has published widely on topics in Christian ethics including, a textbook, Tensions in Christian Ethics (SPCK, 2010) and has edited  Anglican Social Theology (CHP, 2014).

Charles Reed Charles Reed is part of the policy adviser team for the Church of England, taking a lead on foreign policy issues. Before joining the NCI's Charles worked as a policy analyst for Burson Marteller in London and the European Commission in Brussels. His blog, Ethical Comment, provides regular updates and insights into world affairs.



Tom Sefton Tom Sefton is part of the policy adviser team for the Church of England, taking a lead on the Church's national action on, and responses to, public policy on economics and social affairs. Previously, Tom was a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics' Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion and then Research & Policy Manager at Church Urban Fund. He has also worked as an Economics Adviser for various government departments.



Martin KettleMartin Kettle is part of the policy adviser team for the Church of England, taking a lead on home affairs, criminal justice and marriage and family life issues and supporting work in dioceses.  He advises bishops on legislation in the House of Lords as well as working with other agencies on issues such as prisons and probation, policing, drugs and alcohol and other areas of social policy including equalities.  Before joining the staff of the Archbishops' Council, Martin worked in the Prisons Inspectorate, after doing a number of jobs in prisons; he also once taught ethics in a theological college, and spent a number of years as a parish priest.


Elizabeth Henry Elizabeth Henry is part of the policy adviser team for the Church of England taking a lead on race and equality issues. She is National Adviser for the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (CMEAC). Elizabeth has worked on tackling inequalities in International, National and regional settings. Before taking up her current post she  was Chief Executive Officer of Race on the Agenda (ROTA), a social policy and action research charity that focuses on race equality and issues affecting Britain's Black Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.


Jill HopkinsonJill Hopkinson is National Rural Officer for the Church of England based at the Arthur Rank Centre (the churches' rural resources unit) in Warwickshire. She is responsible for advice on policy on rural communities, food, agriculture and some aspects of environmental issues. She advises bishops on legislation in the House of Lords as well as resourcing mission in rural parishes and supporting a network of dioceasan Rural Officers. Before the NCIs Jill specialised in rural community development work, was a technical manager for the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group and a research scientist.


Richard Chapman2Richard Chapman is the Church of England's Secretary for Parliamentary Affairs, heading the Parliamentary Unit at Church House. The Unit is the lead office for liaison with MPs and Peers and provides support to the 26 bishops that sit in the House of Lords, as well as the Second Church Estates Commissioner (Tony Baldry MP). From 2005-2008 Richard was a public affairs adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace. Prior to that he spent eight years working in parliament, first as an aide to a backbench MP, then latterly to a cabinet minister.


Simon StanleySimon Stanley is Deputy Parliamentary Advisor to the Church of England and assistant to the Second Church Estates Commissioner supporting his work in the House of Commons.  Before joining the NCI's Simon worked for a number of politicians in Westminster and Brussels. Simon assists Richard Chapman in supporting the work of the Lords Spiritual.




David Shreeve

David Shreeve is the Environmental Consultant to the Archbishops' Council of the Church of England.  There are many environmental aspects to the day-to-day operations of the Church ranging from the energy use in buildings to the biodiversity of its churchyards.  David is part of the team which organises Shrinking the Footprint, the Church of England's national environment campaign. In addition the Church is concerned with a number of national and international environmental issues and it is involved in a number of ways in governmental and NGO activities.
In 2003 David was awarded a Lambeth Degree in recognition of his influence in the Church's understanding of environmental issues.


Anne pictureAnne Richards is part of the policy adviser team for the Church of England taking a lead on the theology of mission and on issues to do with the Church of England's engagement with New Religious Movements (NRMs) and alternative spiritualities (AS). She is the convener of the ecumenical Mission Theology Advisory Group (MTAG) which looks particularly at matters of Spirituality, Theology, Reconciliation, Evangelism and Mission in our society today. She is a prolific writer and lecturer on how to engage people outside Christian faith, on rural mission, on children and theology and on a wide range of gospel and culture matters. She is the Church of England's Observer on the governing body of INFORM (Information Network Focus on Religious Movements) at the London School of Economics.


Rachel Jordan-WolfRachel Jordan-Wolf is the National Mission and Evangelism Adviser for the Church of England. She leads on evangelism projects, research and consultancy and runs a network for diocesan missioners. She has a PhD and has worked with YWAM in Amsterdam's red light district. Rachel is married to Darren, a church planter in London.





Brendan McCarthy

Brendan McCarthy is part of the policy adviser team for the Church of England, taking a lead on issues associated with medical ethics and health and social care policy and supporting work in dioceses. Previously Brendan had been a Church of Ireland rector and hospital chaplain and then chief executive of a cross-community Christian charity in Northern Ireland.  He has also been an adviser to the Parades Commission of Northern Ireland, a part-time tutor with the London School of Theology and a non-executive director of the Western Health and Social Services Trust(NI).