OneSpirit Staff

OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation is an educational charity, managed and supported by a small team of dedicated staff who work virtually across the UK.

 
 
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DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

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. He 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.


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jackie amos wilkinson
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Jackie’s interest in inclusive spirituality started as a child growing up in different countries — including Egypt, Aden and Singapore. She did degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, and a Masters in Business Administration, then worked mainly in the charity sector helping to develop organisations, training programmes and services to reach groups of people most at risk in society. Before training as a minister, she was National Director of Services for the Samaritans, and sat on various charity boards and Governmental steering committees. Jackie has been involved with OneSpirit ever since her ordination as a minister in 2004. She served at different times as mentor, trustee and interim manager, and oversaw the establishment of the Interfaith Ministers Association. She has been a Tutor on OneSpirit’s training programmes since 2009, and was appointed Faculty Lead in 2015. She lives in Surrey, has two grown-up children, and three grandchildren.


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LINDSAY JARRETT
Education Support & Executive Assistant

Raised by a Spiritualist mother, Lindsay has always been a seeker. She left school at 14, wanting to make sense of the world not through academic learning but through her own experience. She was drawn to occupations that brought her into contact with a wide diversity of people — as cabin crew for Gulf Air, on Birmingham’s bid team for the Olympic Games, and for a series of business and social entrepreneurs. She became OneSpirit’s administrator in 2007, a year after being ordained as a minister. Now in the wider role of central manager, she still oversees the enrolment process for new students. This is work that sets her heart on fire: “being able to open the door for other seekers, supporting them to find the deepest truth about themselves, and the full majesty of what human beings can be.” Marriage in 2016 to another OneSpirit minister, Bob, is also for her “a very sacred and loving pathway for discovering the deepest truths about Life”.


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AMY FIRTH
CREATIVE LEAD

Amy hails from Australia’s Blue Mountains, but has spent the last decade in East London. She has a BA Communications (Theatre/Media) and forged a diverse career in the Arts with a special interest in community theatre. Ordained with OneSpirit in 2016, she is also a certified Meditation & Mindfulness teacher and has certificates in Psychology of Trauma, Cross-Cultural Psychology and Positive Psychology. She is a fellow at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace & Reconciliation, having completed their Sacred Activists Leadership programme in 2017. Amy spent several years creating change as a ‘corporate-hippy’ from inside global companies, managing campaigns and employee engagement. Also a singer/songwriter, her album ‘Watchmaker’s Daughter’ explores the themes of hope, time and love.  A proud member of the LGBT community, her latest musical project campaigned for marriage equality in Australia. Amy serves on the holding team for OneLight Gathering, OneSpirit’s monthly, public interfaith ceremonies in London.


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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.


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Rowan bombadil
information & events coordinator

Rowan's big passions are sexuality and divinity; they have dedicated the majority of their working life to creating safe, sacred, and inclusive spaces for seekers to experience the dance between these two.  Ordained in 2017, Rowan is a genderqueer minister (using the singular they pronoun) dedicated to serving the LGTBQ+ community - holding ceremonies and celebrations for the thresholds which members of that community so often have to fight for the right to cross. As their ministry within OneSpirit, Rowan seeks to bring diversity, deep listening, and embodiment to the heart of the Foundation. Their spiritual path is rooted in Earth-based traditions, and enacted in radical relationship to self, their beloveds, and the God/dess of their understanding. When not at their OneSpirit desk, Rowan is a practicing psychosexual coach and workshop facilitator. Their interests include deep ecology, words and books, music and independent cinema, and the arcane mysteries of vegan baking.