Staff & Trustee profiles

Staff appear at the top of this page, and Trustees immediately below them.

Please note: Profiles of the Teaching Faculty appear on this separate page.

 

STAFF TEAM

OneSpirit’s office staff team, profiled below, are all part-time and work from home, using online platforms to create a ‘virtual office’.

Alan Briscoe   Operations manager, and member of Executive Team

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.

Amy Firth   Marketing co-ordinator

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 theatre for young people and community theatre. Ordained with OneSpirit in 2016, she is also a certified Meditation & Mindfulness teacher and has completed a range of psychology training courses. She is a fellow at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace & Reconciliation, having completed their Sacred Activists Leadership programme. Amy spent the last 7 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 campaigns for marriage equality in Australia. Amy serves on the holding team for OneLight Gathering, OneSpirit’s monthly interfaith ceremonies in London.

Lindsay Jarrett   Central office manager

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 office 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”.

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.

 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Antoinette Doocey    Trustee

Antoinette grew up with a deep awareness of Mother Earth, Spirit, our human interconnectedness and the wholeness of all. Her 30-year professional career included senior health and social care management roles in Ireland — working in service innovation, policy development and governance — and she was an advisor at national and European levels. Antoinette trained in various alternative healing modalities, and travelled extensively in her exploration and training in different world faith paths. In 2011 she established her own management consultancy based on the practice of cotemplative inquiry, helping clients to build strong, sustainable organisations deeply rooted in spiritual values. Ordained in 2017, she is committed to developing Contemplative Leadership, which evolves from living in relationships based on unity with self, others, nature and God. These relationships, she believes, are the source and focus a of leader’s awareness, influence and vision. They guide ethical behaviour, create trust, and provide deeper meaning and purpose for achieving an individual, group or organisation’s mission.

Treacy O’Connor    Trustee

From her early career in global advertising and communications — working in the Paris and London-based European HQ of the world’s largest advertising agency — Treacy has always been passionate about connection. When she returned to her native Ireland, she used her experience in corporate sales and marketing to start her own healing practice, Straight to the Point, and connecting the dots through the passage of the heart became her motto. Little did she know nearly 20 years later, just how poignant and significant those words were to be in her unfolding to Ministry. Ordained in July 2017, Treacy is now living her vows, which are an evolution of the threads she has already woven to date. She is passionate about evolving organisational structures from the heart, with the fundamentals of human connection as the bedrock of the success of any group of people coming together for a common purpose.

Susan Mashkes   Trustee

Susan has had a varied career, and the winding path continues. After working in banking, government and insurance in the US and the UK she realised, as she had approached her 50s, that she wanted her life to be more about service and connection. She trained as a Psychosynthesis counsellor, qualifying in 2004, and has maintained a small therapy practice ever since.  She then embarked on the OneSpirit training, was ordained in 2011 and became a mentor a year later. Most recently, she trained as a purpose guide and taught an online university course on discovering one’s purpose – rather late in life she’s recognised that purpose is her passion!  Susan thought she had “retired” in 2013. And, rather unexpectedly, she has just come out of “retirement” to take up the position of training manager at the Psychosynthesis Trust, which seems to knit together all her various careers.

Sylvia Robertson   Trustee

Sylvia grew up with a love for physics and mathematics, which led her ultimately to a career in the telecoms industry. Working on the international aspects of the telephone network, she was fortunate to travel to many countries and to work with people from many different cultural backgrounds. She was also involved as a volunteer with groups of physically disabled adults for over 40 years — helping to organise annual holidays, social events and fundraising, and holding positions as treasurer and chair. Ordained in 2014, Sylvia has become interested in storytelling and how stories can be used as a means of bringing about healing, providing inspiration and allowing wisdom and truth to be received on some deep level. Following the death of her long term partner and wife, she recently returned to her native Scotland and is now living in Findhorn.

Sarah Verney   Trustee

Music is the mainspring of Sarah’s life, and she began as a classical performer. Her life-long awareness of spiritual guides and companions led her to explore the therapeutic powers of music, and to train as a music therapist. She had a 30-year career as a clinician, teacher and supervisor, and has led many workshops for people in the arts wishing to explore their spirituality. Sarah is also qualified in Process Acupressure, which combines touch, energy flow and psychological process. Ordained in 2017, she is now exploring Soul Midwifery. She has been involved with trusteeship and the charitable sector since the age of 25, and now brings this experience to the board of OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation. Sarah is a devoted grandmother. Her hobbies are wild sea-swimming and playing viola. A former driver volunteer for the Oxford Food Bank, she is passionate about community and the need for us all to listen to one another with greater compassion.