Who’s who


Dr. Mike Morecroft is an ecologist and is currently Head of Climate Change Science at Natural England. He is also a Visiting Professor at Reading University and was a Coordinating Lead Author on ecosystems for the IPCC 6th Assessment Report Working Group II (impacts and adaptation). Click here for more information.


Dr John Sale is a consultant on biodiversity conservation in Africa and Asia, both as an academic and a UN Chief Technical Adviser to national governments on post-graduate training and research on wildlife. He is the author of numerous papers on mammal biology and technical aspects of the conservation of tropical species and their habitats, ranging from elephants and rhinos to orang-utans. One of the founders of JRI and presently its International Secretary.

Professor Robert White is a geologist by training and has worked mostly in research, using a wide variety of geological and geophysical tools to study the Earth’s crust. He has engaged in numerous research field trips, mostly to study rifts and volcanoes. He is currently Professor of Geophysics and a Fellow of St. Edmunds College at Cambridge University. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society, and a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.

Revd Dr John Weaver was born and brought up in Cardiff. After taking  degrees in Geology at Swansea, he taught at the University of Derby. John trained for Baptist ministry in Oxford. Click here for more information.


Rev’d Rich Clarkson (Chair) is Rector of five rural parishes in North Shropshire. He has degrees in Physics and Theology and wrote his Master’s dissertation on Nature Contemplation in the writing of Maximus the Confessor. He is a Diocesan Environmental Officer for Lichfield Diocese, and most importantly he is dad to three wild boys!

Shan Dobinson (Executive Secretary and Company Secretary) runs Trinity Training which provides training and coaching in management, sales, communication, and safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. She is on the leadership team of her church. She also chairs the Board of Luther King House Educational Trust in Manchester.

Revd Margot Hodson

Revd Margot Hodson (Theology and Education Director) is Associate Vicar of the Shill Valley and Broadshire Benefice in Oxfordshire and was previously Chaplain of Jesus College, Oxford. Margot has published several books including Cherishing the Earth (with Martin Hodson, 2008),  The Ethics of Climatic Scepticism (with Martin Hodson, 2015), A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues (with Martin Hodson, 2015, 2nd ed. 2021), An Introduction to Environmental Ethics (with Martin Hodson, 2017). E 198 COVID-19: Environment, Justice and the Future (with Ruth Valerio, Martin Hodson & Timothy Howles, 2020), and Green Reflections: Biblical inspiration for sustainable living (with Martin Hodson, 2021).

Dr Martin J Hodson

Dr Martin Hodson (Principal Tutor of the CRES course) He is a plant scientist and environmental biologist, and a former Principal Lecturer, and now Visiting Researcher at Oxford Brookes University. Click here for more information.

Anne Scott has been a Primary School Teacher for 27 years, more recently focusing on leading Forest School and teaching Sustainability. She is currently leading a church-plant in the Belgrave area of Leicester and gathering a network of Forest Churches within the Diocese of Leicester.

Shelly Dennison has a background in communications in the charity sector. She is currently the Digital Engagement Officer at CPRE Bedfordshire (which is part of the network of local groups that make up CPRE, the countryside charity), having previously worked in arts and heritage outreach roles.

Treasurer (non-Director)

Mr Olaniyi Soaga

Mr Olaniyi Soaga

Olaniyi  combines financial acumen with a fervour for empowering young people and safeguarding the environment. As a father of three, he recognises the significance of advocating for youth to achieve their utmost potential and actively contribute to their communities. In his leadership capacities within several youth initiatives in South East London, he encourages sportsmanship and teamwork among the younger generation. Olaniyi’s unwavering commitment extends to integrating scientific knowledge, faith, and practical action, all aimed at nurturing sustainable development within the JRI. His unwavering dedication embodies a vision for a brighter future for generations to come.


Lady Elizabeth Catherwood

Rt Revd Richard Chartres KCVO was the Bishop of London (1995-2017) and formerly Bishop of Stepney (1992-1995), a London vicar (1984-1992), and Chaplain to Robert Runcie while Bishop of St Albans and then at Canterbury. His publications include Religion, Science and the Environment.

Lord John Gummer, Baron Deben, was formerly Secretary of State for Environment (1993-97), and MP for Suffolk Coastal. He was Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1989-93), Minister for London, Employment Minister and Paymaster General. He was first elected an MP in 1970. He is active in the promotion of the European cause, and well known for his detailed presentation of European business issues. While at MAFF he chaired the European Council of Agriculture Ministers during the negotiations for GATT, and represented EU Ministers in Chicago during the final stages of the trade negotiations. He has earned worldwide respect both in the business community and among environmentalists – Friends of the Earth called him “the best Environment Secretary we have ever had”. Since leaving office he has been appointed Chairman of the International Commission on Sustainable Consumption and Chairman of the Marine Stewardship Council. He is Chairman of THE SANCROFT GROUP, which is active in environmental, ethical and health and safety consultancy. John Gummer was a keynote speaker at Forum 2002, an Anglo-American climate change conference.

Professor Sir Ghillean Prance FRS Ghillean Prance is Visiting Professor at Reading University, and Scientific Director of the Eden Project, Cornwall. He was formerly Director of Kew Botanic Gardens. Prance spent many years in Amazonian Brazil doing botanical exploration and taxonomy, and has lived with 16 indian tribes. He has written over 300 papers on plant systematics, plant ecology, ethnobotany and conservation – and 13 books including A Passion for Plants: From the Rainforest of Brazil to Kew Gardens (Lion, 1995) and The Earth Under Threat – A Christian Perspective (Wild Goose, 1996).

Sir Meuric Rees CBE Meuric Rees is a farmer, Christian, and was formerly Lord Lieutenant of Gwynedd.

Emeritus Professor Calvin DeWitt Cal DeWitt was formerly Director of Au Sable Institute for Environmental Studies, Wisconsin, USA – preparing hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students for environmental careers integrated with biblical worldviews. His publications include “Creation’s environmental challenge to evangelical Christianity” in The Care of Creation (IVP, 2000). Also see further information and an interview in Grist magazine.


Rev James Watterson

Rev James Watterson (Operations and Development Manager) was formerly a minister at Carey Baptist Church in Preston. Click here for more information.

Mrs Lynda McKeown (CRES Administrator) was a primary school teacher and music teacher.

Mrs Karen Vincent (Administration and Technical Support) is a Tertiary Franciscan. She has been employed as a Parish Worker, and in library and information services for a local authority.