OneSpirit Staff

OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation is an educational charity, brought to life by a close-knit group of passionate and dedicated staff members, working together virtually from all across the UK. Here, we’d like to introduce you to the friendly faces of our operations team, the heart and soul of our mission, driving us forward with their warmth and enthusiasm.

Alan Briscoe

Executive Director

Alan has been a builder, tree-feller, furniture maker, and woodturner before he started work in the charity sector supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Now with over 17 years’ experience gained across the fields of mental health, youth justice, and drug and alcohol services, Alan’s work is driven by his passion for innovation and finding creative solutions.

He led a national programme to roll-out gatekeeper training in Wales to equip frontline services and community members with the skills and confidence to prevent suicide, and advised the Welsh Government on the development of a national suicide and self-harm prevention strategy. Alan has five grown-up children and two grandchildren. In between work and shed-building (Alan believes you can never have too many sheds) relaxation takes the form of long walks with the dogs, reading, painting and meditation.

 

Abi Aiyegbayo

Head of Finance & Operations

Raised in a traditional (Anglican) Christian home stirred up a curious interest and passion for spirituality and the well-being of the mind and soul. Abi has worked in various organisations, including the NHS. In 2000, whilst completing her degree, Abi started volunteering, and working with children and young people and continues to do so now. In 2012, she was recruited as a Trustee / Treasurer for a local dance charity.

A qualified accountant, Abi is passionate about using her accounting and business skills to support charities and grassroots organisations to make the most of their limited resources to create a greater impact. In her spare time, Abi enjoys cooking and running (because you have to run after eating all that food!).

Danielle Wilson

Finance Officer

Danielle left her native Texas in 1983 with a view to travelling around Europe for a year or so. She never went back – and is now settled in the UK with dual nationality. She is fluent in French, speaks a little Spanish and Italian. She comes from a business background in sales, theatre design and architectural administration, and along the way also picked up bookkeeping skills. She trained as a labyrinth facilitator in 2002, which then led her into training as a OneSpirit interfaith minister.

Ordained in 2006, Danielle took on the role of Finance Officer with OneSpirit a year later. She trained as a teacher in The Spiritual Laws of Prosperity with Rev Maggy Whitehouse in 2013, and now incorporates that work as a way to support students with their fees and money/scarcity issues. Her hobbies are crafts, knitting, swimming, walking on the beach, watching movies and dancing the Dances of Universal Peace.

 

Maddy Davies  

Learning Design Specialist

Maddy has always had a deep interest in spirituality and went on to complete a degree in Theology and Religious Studies. Maddy then trained and worked as a secondary school Religious Studies teacher before moving into SEN education, working holistically with young people with autism. She then returned to university, completing an MA specialising in feminist Biblical studies in relation to motherhood, identity, and Goddess spirituality.

Maddy has always been passionate about the power education can have in improving social mobility and advocating for inclusion. Working with OneSpirit allows Maddy to pursue her passion for the power education can have in social change. When she’s not working, Maddy loves to spend as much time outside as possible with her rescue dog, Lucy, watching live music, and travelling, with her favourite places being India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. These experiences have taught her to always seek the sacred in the everyday.

Kailee Smart

Communications & Marketing Lead 

World cultures and practices have fascinated Kailee her entire life. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies from Arizona State University with minors in History and Women and Gender Studies. After that, she taught English to children of all ages in Italy and China. Originally from Boston, she relocated to Scotland to study for an MSc in History focusing on the religious, cultural, and gender aspects of the Middle Ages.

Kailee has always had a keen eye for creativity, visual design, social media, and marketing. A big part of her passion is how inclusive and accessible communication sparks relationships, networks, and innovation. Growing up as a volunteer Sunday School teacher, she learned about her own faith while striving to ensure each student was able to express their own personal connection. She previously worked as an Inclusion Program Coordinator, focusing on youth engagement, disability rights, Indigenous rights, and gender equality. Kailee is dedicated to advocating for rights-based justice, intersectionality, and the empowerment of people. Her favourite pastimes include reading, listening to music (too loudly), and cooking vegan foods. An avid traveller, often alone, she loves meeting new people and exploring the world’s cultures.

Ava Dècage

Communications & Learning Design Assistant 

As a passionate globetrotter, Ava has explored over 80 countries, fostering a deep appreciation for diverse cultures and perspectives. Guided by Gandhi’s quote, ‘Be the change you want to see in the world,’ she has shaped her life around the principles of personal growth.

With an insatiable curiosity and an open-minded nature, Ava has a passion for learning that is evident in her varied interests, including nature, reading, the universe, psychology, quantum mechanics, and time travel. She is also passionate about biohacking and exploring innovative ways to optimise her physical and mental health. In her pursuit of growth and balance, Ava has learned to embrace stillness and silence and often dedicates long periods of time to silent reflection. With a balanced mind that is both artistic and analytical, Ava brings a unique perspective to her work. She values and thrives in environments where diverse perspectives are embraced. Ava is excited to contribute her skills and passion to any project that makes a positive impact on the world.