The Eastern Region

Meet the Team

Dave Friswell is the Learning & Development Coordinator for the Eastern region. He has a background in training, and developing support for overseas mission, and was formally Head of the World Church Relationships Team. He is keen to see churches with grow a heart for mission and to develop both in their buildings and out in the wider community. He spends his spare time in his garage restoring and tinkering with his old cars. 

Contact Dave    07799 902570 



Ann Howlett-Foster is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region. She loves to engage in creative and positive conversations with individuals and groups to find ways forward. Ann works part time, and is also a freelance facilitator and graphic recorder.  When not working she enjoys singing and making silver stuff.

Contact Ann    07799 900481



Gillian Thomas is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region, aligned with the Lincolnshire District. Gill has worked for the statutory and charity sectors in various parts of England and her passions lie in social justice and equipping people to be the change in their world. Her main areas of work are children and family ministry, youth work, lay workers support and 3Generate.

Contact Gillian  |  |  07799 902581 



Michael Wadsworth is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern Region. He has a passion for teaching, biblical studies and theological reflection and particularly loves to help people to read the Bible with greater confidence and expectancy. He has spent the last two years working for Fusion UK. Prior to this he spent 9 years serving churches in Basingstoke and Derby as youth worker, student worker and teaching pastor. In his spare time he tutors for King's School of Theology and is completing an MA. Michael lives in community in Derby and worships as part of a small, experimental church plant.

Contact Michael  |  |  07791 036801



Nigel Pimlott is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region, aligned with the Nottingham & Derby District. As a trainer, thinker, strategist and coach he has a passion for mission, innovation, creativity and helping people make a difference in the world. Nigel’s main areas of work are pioneer ministry, safeguarding and church/circuit visioning.

Contact Nigel  |  07799 900468 



Jenna Thorne is a Digital Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region, aligned with the East Anglia District.  Jenna has an extensive background in creative arts ministry, theatre and community work. Jenna works part time and is also Artistic/ Executive Director of therapeutic arts charity, Talitha Arts. Jenna's main areas of work are digital communications, engagement & mission; stewarding; and student ministry. 

Contact Jenna  |  02074 675190



Stuart Watkin is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region, aligned with the Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire District and with responsibility for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.  He has worked in education for two decades, in prison education, the Sixth Form College sector and secondary schools, and was Vice Principal of an Academy in London. He lives in London with his wife and dogs. Stuart's main areas of work are equality, diversity & inclusion; additional needs and chaplaincy.

Contact Stuart  | 07825 669586




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Our Priorities for 2020/2021

Although we will aim to help you with any learning or development that you or your church need, we also have key areas of work that we are focusing on in any given year. These are chosen in consultation with both national and local leaders. If your area of interest isn't on this list, then please still get in touch. Our priorities this year are: 

  • Facilitation skills and ‘good conversation’ training
  • Team Building for circuit leadership
  • Stewards' training and development
  • Effective communication for staff and leaders
  • Line management skills training
  • Worship: Leading & Preaching students, tutors and mentors support
  • Intergenerational workers networking
  • Safeguarding trainer mentoring
  • Circuit mission planning, reviews and evaluation
  • Ministers’ Study Days

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