Our trustees bear responsibility for the Scargill Movement, ensuring that we fulfil our obligations not only as a charity and a company limited by guarantee but also as a part of God’s mission on earth.

Some of our trustees are relatively new to Scargill, and bring a fresh exuberance; other have been connected with the place, in ways great and small, for over 20 or 30 years. All of them bring specialist skills and networks, and we’re grateful to each one for the enthusiasm and professionalism they bring.

Rt Rev Chris Edmondson (Chair)

scargill-trustees-chris-edmondsonChris has been the Chair of the Scargill Council since 2009. Prior to his retirement in 2016, he was Bishop of Bolton in the Diocese of Manchester, and before that, Warden of Lee Abbey in Devon. Chris and his wife Susan are now living in Bradford, and he is an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Leeds. Chris is also the author of a number of books on leadership and community.

Tony Hesselwood (Vice Chair)

scargill-trustees-tony-hesselwoodTony is a chartered accountant with involvement with Scargill Council going back to the 1980s . He was chair of Bradford Diocesan Board of Finance for over 25 years and chaired the Audit Committee of the Archbishops’ Council. Currently is also a trustee of a large church academy trust in Bradford.

Andy Arnold

scargill-trustees-andy-arnoldAndy was born into a Christian family within a North Warwickshire community and now lives in Barnoldswick. In between he lived in London, Liverpool and Birmingham where he was learning about the power and mystery of God. He was a consultant Urological Surgeon and medical leader in Birmingham and Nuneaton.

Pete Gunstone

scargill-trustees-pete-gunstonePete is Canon for Worship and Nurture at Bradford Cathedral. Prior to ordination, he was a freelance musician and worship leader and was onetime a member of the community at Lee Abbey, Devon.

Rev Caroline Hewlett

scargill-trustees-caroline-hewlettCaroline is vicar of Swaledale with Arkengarthdale, a parish in the Yorkshire Dales, a short distance north of Scargill House. She brings experience of working in urban and rural churches, and an interest in caring for the natural environment.

Sister Jocelyn OHP

scargill-trustees-sister-jocelynSister Jocelyn is a member of the Order of the Holy Paraclete, Whitby. She brings prayerful experience of community life.

Rev Canon Felicity Lawson

scargill-trustees-felicity-lawsonFelicity recently retired after 17 years as a vicar of two parishes to the south of Leeds. She has a background in Vocations and Ministerial Education. She is one of the Lee Abbey representatives on Council.

Andy Milne

scargill-trustees-andy-milneAndy Milne is a Church Army Evangelist. He and his wife Tracy began pioneering Sorted, a fresh expression, in late 2003. Beginning as a youth church, often reaching teens from deprived areas; Sorted grew and eventually multiplied as new youth fresh expressions were started. Young adult and young family groups followed as teens turned into twenties. Andy Milne has been appointed by the Archbishop of York to lead a new Missional Youth Church Network (MYCN) beginning in the North of England. It is in joint partnership with Church Army and the Archbishop of York Youth Trust.

Stephen Weatherley

scargill-trustees-stephen-weatherleyStephen was an engineer and manager in industry for almost 40 years. He is a Lee Abbey appointee to our Council and has been instrumental in developing our business plan and the building project.

Sheila Thompson (Secretary)


Sheila is an accountant with her own practice, she acts as secretary to the Council. When not working she enjoys walking and being outdoors.