The appeal is led by a Steering Group with members from partner organisations that have an interest in the future of Lundy’s church:
Reverend Brenda Jacobs is the new Team Rector of the Hartland Coast Mission Community. She was inducted by the Right Reverend Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter on at Hartland on April 27th 2016. She has loved Lundy since a visiting as a child and has already been over to the island this spring. She even had a go at steering the Oldenburg back to Bideford! She will be chairing the Project steering group and the St Helen’s PCC as well as having oversight of 8 other parishes.
Reverend Claire Rose-Casemore is a trustee of the Lundy “Heaven” Trust. Claire is Rector of Bideford and Team Rector of Bideford and the Four Village Mission Community.
Derek Green sits on the Management Board of the Landmark Trust. He was appointed Lundy General Manager in 2005 following 18 months as Island Manager. Derek is a marine engineer by trade.
Reverend Chris Baillie is on the Steering Group on behalf of A Rocha UK, a conservation organisation that links churches into environmental concerns and wildlife conservation through research, advocacy, community-based projects and education. Chris has a degree in science education and serves as a Minister of the United Reformed Church.
Louise Bartlett has been Church Building Adviser and DAC Secretary for the Diocese of Exeter for seven years. She has previously worked for the National Trust and as a local authority Conservation Officer.
Andrew Cleave MBE has been a member of the Lundy Field Society for 40 years and is a committee member of the society with a special interest in the island’s flora, marine life and lepidoptera. Formerly the Head of Biology at the Vyne School, Hampshire, Andrew ran field trips to Lundy for school parties for 11 years and visits the island regularly to continue with survey work. Andrew was appointed MBE in 1995 for services to Environmental Education.
Andrew Wilby is the Ringing Master and founder of the Lundy Island Society of Change Ringers. He project managed the restoration of the tower and bells in 1991-4 and also augmented the bells from eight to ten in 2004. The Society has around 200 members from mainland UK and overseas and manages some 15-20 visiting parties of ringers to St Helen’s each year. Andrew was formerly Director of Logistics at Eurostar UK Ltd and is currently a member and recent Chairman of South Northamptonshire Council. Since 2008 he has been Chairman and CEO of John Taylor & Co., Bellfounders, Loughborough.
Michael Williams is a former resident and now a regular visitor to Lundy who has written about its history and published guidebooks about the island. He is currently Honorary Secretary of the Lundy Field Society and the Lundy Island Society of Change Ringers. He works at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford as the Interim Associate Director.
They have appointed a volunteer project manager who is Rob Harding. He has a degree in building surveying, a diploma in building conservation and is a member of the RICS and IHBC. He previously worked as a project manager for English Heritage and was responsible, also on a voluntary basis, for delivering the HLF funded conservation and development of St. James Priory, Bristol.
Rebecca MacDonald is advising the Group on the educational aspects of the bid. She is the Landmark Trust warden on the island responsible for conservation of the terrestrial and marine environment, visitor education and research. She has worked in marine conservation research, as a teacher of secondary science and as an environmental educator. She has also held jobs in public engagement and educational resource development.