Authorised Listeners

Arms outstretched and holding another's hands.Dignity & Respect in Ministry and at Work

The Church should foster relationships of the utmost integrity, truthfulness and trustworthiness. Abuse, harassment and bullying will not be tolerated in the diocese.

The Dignity & Respect in Ministry and at Work policy explains the standards expected and details the procedures to be followed for those who feel they’ve been subjected to bullying or harassment.

As part of our commitment to embed a culture of mutual respect, our pool of authorised listeners are available to hear any bullying and harassment concerns.

Get to know the listeners below, then use the contact form to get in touch.

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The Revd Margaret Dixon

Margaret is the vicar of a rural parish in west Oxfordshire. She trained in youth and community work and has many years of experience listening to and building relationships between churches and schools.

Margaret passionately believes that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect and has the right to be heard.

Margaret is available at different times during the week.

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The Revd Hannah Akibo-Betts

Hannah is an ordained non-stipendiary priest within the Milton Keynes area. As a former management accountant, she has worked in both the NHS and Local Government.

Hannah’s training as a Christian counsellor, coupled with life experiences, have equipped her with the skills that will help her to listen to other experiences with empathy. She has a preference for supporting individuals within the areas of racial discrimination and bullying while serving as a curate.

Hannah’s availability will be arranged after initial contact although is likely to be Monday and Wednesday afternoons.

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The Revd Joanna Coney

Jo was ordained as a priest in 2004. After serving her title, she worked for the diocese initially in the training team, then as Adviser for Licensed Lay Ministers.

On retirement, she became Minster Provincial for Europe for the Third Order of Franciscans.

Throughout her ministry, Jo has been a mentor, spiritual director, bereavement counsellor and listener and has also seen this as a privilege and a joy.

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The Revd Richard Cook

Richard is a married retired vicar, living in Banbury. As a vicar, he served in three parishes and was largely happy in the various teams in which he worked.

Sadly, Richard knows some well-known Christian leaders who have behaved very badly with some of those for whom they had responsibility. He knows that victims of bullying and harassment suffer grievously and would like to help any other victims, if possible.

Richard is happy to drive up to 30 miles radius from Banbury to see such people if needed.

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Pauline Cruickshank

Pauline lives in north Oxfordshire and is semi-retired. She is a counsellor and relationship therapist and works with a large insurance company providing therapeutic support to their clients, whilst also being an artist and crafter.

Pauline is a layperson who has a good understanding of the workings of parish life as she was married to a clergyman who sadly passed away in 2017.

Pauline is committed to providing a supportive connection through a safe and confidential conversation and is available on Thursdays and Fridays.

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The Revd Geoff Maughan

Geoff is a retired priest, a spiritual director and pastoral tutor to people training for ministry in the diocese. He has been a training incumbent and Director of Ministry at Wycliffe Hall Oxford.

Geoff is very interested in the way people exercise power in their relationships. Geoff lives near Wantage.

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Anne Kippax

Anne is an experienced HR director currently working for a social care charity supporting adults and young people with learning disabilities. She is a trained spiritual director who offers empathetic listening and professional experience to support people experiencing difficult relationships in their working lives.

Anne believes that everyone should be able to be the person God created them to be.

Anne lives near Aston Clinton, Wendover and Aylesbury and is available evenings and weekends.

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The Revd Andrew Foran

Andrew has been ordained for over 30 years and has served most of his ministry as a full-time prison chaplain. He is now in active retirement with PTO in the Archdeaconry of Dorchester.

Andrew has much experience of understanding the hurt and damage that being harassed and bullied can do to self-value and self-worth. He believes it is important for people to have trusted space and time to be heard.

Andrew is available reasonably flexibly throughout the week, face to face locally, online or by phone.

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The Revd Graham Choldcroft

Graham was ordained in 2010, following his retirement from a career in the Criminal Justice System. He is now an Associate Minister at St Mary’s Church, Thame, and a volunteer chaplain with Thames Valley Police.

In his civil service career, Graham encountered bullying both as a victim and as a manager responsible for implementing the Department’s Bullying and Harassment Policy. Sadly, he has also encountered bullying in the church and was painfully aware of the lack of support for victims.

Listening and not judging are the stock-in-trade of chaplaincy, and Andrew would bring them to this role, along with a desire to be there for anyone in need.

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Emma Firth

Emma is a chartered accountant and HR professional, who has always had a particular interest in team-building and how team members interact with each other. She believes that a central tenet of any workplace is that God created us all in his image. As such are all worthy of the same dignity and respect.

Emma began part-time training for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon in autumn 2021. She is available relatively flexibly throughout the week.

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Kate Wait

Kate is a retired solicitor, most recently working in a firm specialising in ecclesiastical law. She has been an active member of the Anglican Church for most of her life.

Kate has recently left the Samaritans after 13 wonderful years as a listening volunteer and has found, through this role, that active, attentive, non-prejudiced listening is a very powerful way of supporting other people.

Kate is available most days and times.

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Edna Annette Strange

Edna is a Licensed Lay Minister serving the parish of St Laurence, Warborough, and the Dorchester team, and is an Archdeaconry Adviser for the deaneries of Aston & Cuddesdon, Bicester and Islip and Henley. She is also a voluntary chaplaincy member working at the John Radcliffe.

Edna hopes that she will bring empathy, understanding and the ability to be a good listener. She is currently a Diocesan Authorised Listener for survivors of abuse. Edna is also a Diocesan Vocations Adviser.

Edna is available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and is happy to travel within a 25/30-mile radius of her home.

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