The Team

Anna Ruddick is a community theologian and researcher who facilitates theological reflection and learning for leaders, congregations and Christian organisations seeking to deepen and strengthen their relationships with their local community. She holds a Doctorate in Practical Theology and works freelance in a variety of church and charity settings including as a Core team member for Urban Life. She is also a Research Fellow at Bristol Baptist College, and lives in Leicester with her husband Andrew and son Noah.

Carmel Murphy Elliott is a Community Organiser and Baptist Minister who, in a variety of ways, has been involved in mission and ministry at the margins for nearly 10 years now.  She is part of Urban Expression, initially co-leading a team in Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent and, more recently becoming a mission partner, having moved to Manchester with her husband Andy.  She is also a Trustee of Incarnate, a grassroots collective which networks those engaging in mission at the margins and a Director of All The Small Things CiC, a collective of community development practitioners who are passionate about seeing people transform their localities in creative & innovative ways.

Andrew Grinnell has been involved with developing responses to poverty for over 20 years. After working nationally with The Salvation Army, he spent 10 years living in a low-income neighbourhood in East Leeds seeking to develop places of hospitality with local people. He is a facilitator for the Leeds Poverty Truth Commission that brings together people who struggle against poverty and leaders from within public, private, third and faith sectors. Together, they seek to address poverty within the city. He is co-director of the Poverty Truth Network. His doctoral research addressed the political and societal implications of the practice of Christians relocating to low-income neighbourhoods in the UK.

Current Trustees: Kathryn Fitzsimons, Anna Hembury, Stuart Murray-Williams, Cathy Ross, Jonny Smith, Ryan Wileman