Our Staff

The day-to-day work of Place for Hope is enabled by our dedicated staff who liaise closely with our Team and Trustees.

Our Staff

Martina Hunt

Martina Hunt

Training Manager

Martina has a passion for justice, peacemaking and non-violence and brings many years of experience of developing, delivering and evaluating training and development programmes in the international, charity and academic sectors, including most recently facilitating conflict transformation workshops with faith and community groups around the UK. Her role involves the development and delivery of Place for Hope’s set and tailored training programmes with faith communities, as well as supporting the training and development of our Practitioner team. Martina lives with her husband and teenage son and enjoys reading and walking, especially on the nearby hills.

 

A quote I love...

‘All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.’ Mother Julian of Norwich

Carolyn Merry

Carolyn Merry

Director

Carolyn has been fascinated about the concept of peace since childhood and before joining Place for Hope, spent over 25 years working in the humanitarian, international development and peacebuilding sectors around the world, often in places of war, extreme poverty, repressive discrimination and exclusion of those most vulnerable. Her passion for peacemaking in its most holistic sense, is deeply rooted in her Christian faith and experiences around the world living and working beside people with different faiths, cultures, beliefs, worldviews and life experiences. Although Carolyn grew up in Australia, she settled back in her native UK in 2014 to focus on local peacemaking and conflict transformation and loves the 4 different seasons here (& really loves snow), cycling, and time spent with God and nature on long daily walks with her dog, Pace (Italian for peace).

A quote I love...

Peace, in fact, is not the absence of anything, but rather the ultimate affirmation of what can be. – Rabbi K. Cohen

Katie Bradley

Katie Bradley

Reconciliation and Mediation Team Manager

Combining a passion for people with a head for strategy and process, Katie will develop a new reconciliation and mediation service for the Methodist Church and lead a team of practitioners in 3 pilot regions. She has extensive experience of project management within faith contexts and training in initial ministerial education as well as a background in academic theology. Katie loves being outdoors with her family and especially enjoys collecting rocks and shells with her daughter Ailsa for their games and craft projects!

A quote I love...

But I’ve no spade to follow men like them. Between my finger and thumb the squat pen rests. I’ll dig with it. – Digging, Seamus Heaney

Helen Boothroyd

Helen Boothroyd

Business Development Manager

Helen’s passion for justice and peace has underpinned her development work for various ecumenical organisations over many years. Her role focuses on strategic planning, sustainability and fundraising. Helen is a member of the Methodist Church and lives near the sea in North Lancashire. She loves walking and birdwatching around Morecambe Bay, and at holiday times she and her husband can be found in their caravan anywhere in the UK!

A quote I love…

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” - Martin Luther King (quoting Theodore Parker)

Neil Wykes

Neil Wykes

Administrator and Bookkeeper

Neil is responsible for many day-to-day tasks - from the smooth running of the virtual offices to booking venues, tracking finance and fixing spreadsheets! Having worked full-time for several years within the voluntary and corporate sector in Scotland, managing offices, databases and accounts, Neil now works part time with Place for Hope. He spends the rest of his week as a wedding photographer, and Lego Master Builder alongside his young son.

A quote I love...

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost

Abdul Rahim

Abdul Rahim

Training Manager

Abdul is a mediator, facilitator and trainer with over ten years experience in facilitating complex multi-party, multi-issue dialogue processes within and between local authorities, the third sector and communities. A practicing Muslim, Abdul has worked across England, and more recently in Scotland using civic mediation processes to build understanding and relationships across communities where racial and cultural tensions are evident. He has experience of international conflicts, working with survivors of the Tsunami Disaster in Sri Lanka, and with marginalised Roma communities in Slovenia. 

A quote I love...

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Gilda Radner, actress and comedian (1946-1989)

Natalie Barrett

Natalie Barrett

Communications and Client Care Manager 

Natalie looks after words, websites and people! She is the main point of contact for those reaching out for support or training and ensures that the work, ethos and message of Place for Hope is communicated in a clear, accessible way. Natalie lives by the sea with her photographer husband and their sons. She plays roller derby and loves nothing more than a day cycling, sea swimming and a trip to the woods to build a den with her boys!

A quote I love…

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea. – E. E. Cummings

 

Related Articles

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Reconciliation:
To Repair with God

An article by Nancy Adams, featured in ‘Inspires’ exploring the art of reconciliation and the dynamic of conflict.

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Place for Hope: The Need for Reconcilers

An article by Hugh Donald, featured in ‘The Edge’, discussing the call to reconciliation and the journey of Place for Hope

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