The Goa Anglican Centre

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Meet the Team

Gillian Holmes - Chair of Trustees

Gillian Holmes was born in Gloucestershire in 1962 and is chair of trustees for the Goa Anglican Centre. After graduating from the University of London, she worked in retail and as an English teacher, and became the mother of two sons. She has extensive experience in the voluntary sector: she served as a trustee on the board of the Family Fund, was chair of a North Yorkshire charity for people with disabilities, and has co-authored a book on parenting a disabled child. Currently she works for Explore York Libraries and Archives - the first public library service in England to leave local authority control and become a staff owned mutual and charity. Dismayed by church politics, she is nevertheless a committed Anglican, is inspired by poetry and beautiful places, and is happiest among books and good friends.

Fr Michael Robinson - Trustee

The Reverend Michael Robinson was born and raised in York. He graduated in History from Magdalene College, Cambridge and joined the Civil Service to work on Youth Justice Policy. He moved to work at the House of Commons before training for ordination in the Anglican Church at Westcott House. He is particularly interested in social empowerment and inclusion. His other interests include postcolonial biblical criticism and Coronation Street.

Meg Holmes - Trustee

Meg is a teacher from York who has regularly volunteered with charity groups in the UK, and has been involved with the GAC as a volunteer when she worked with Mother Teresa's Roses in 2012. Having first hand experience of the work GAC does has really opened her eyes to the potential help we can offer those less fortunate than ourselves.  

Meg really thinks the projects the GAC works with in India are vital services that need our support; they are very worthwhile charities. She is looking forward to supporting this charity as it continues to move forward.

Fr Tristan Chapman - Trustee

Fr Tristan is Team Vicar in the Chipping Barnet Team Ministry, in the Diocese of St Albans.  He oversees St Mark’s, Barnet Vale and St Stephen's, Bells Hill.  Prior to this he was an Assistant Curate in Bocking, Essex.  He originally trained as an archaeologist and then was a Pastoral Assistant at St Augustine's, Queens Gate. He also assisted at the Chaplaincy at Imperial College.  He trained at Cuddesdon.

In Barnet, as well as his day to day work, Fr Tristan has been Mayors Chaplain, in what the census tells us is the most 'religious active' area of the country... and so an area that takes faith very seriously, as he has also found as a member of the Borough's SACRE Committee discussing ways of promoting and developing religious education.  He is chair of the local Churches Together and is involved in running a cross borough Night Shelter for the homeless, for which his church is a regular venue. 

Outside church, Fr Tristan enjoys walking with his dog, keeping chickens and occasionally delving into an old Georgian recipe book (Hannah Glasse) to cook archaic food... utterly unhealthy and very enjoyable!

Richard Lees - Development Officer

Richard is the founder and development officer of the Goa Anglican Centre and is resident at the Centre for six months every year. Richard's responsibilities include organising all the charity work in India, overseeing the work of Volunteering Goa Ltd, managing the hospitality at our Centre and coordinating the prayer groups. Before founding the Centre, Richard worked in a pastoral role at the Anglican Parish Church of Emmanuel, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield. He is also a qualified science teacher and has a particular interest in inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue.

Fr Nathan Jarvis - Assistant Development Officer

Nathan is currently team vicar in the Benefice of Blenheim. Prior to moving back to Oxford in 2012, he was the vicar of an estate church in Birmingham. He served his curacy on the north-east coast. Nathan's academic interests centre around the need for transformation and how this relates to the Eucharist. He is currently writing a PhD on how a practical understanding of the sacraments can bring growth and vitality to parishes. His other interests are anything to do with animals. He lives with two hens, two mischievous dogs and 20,000 bees. He also loves India and can't wait to visit the Centre in Goa.

Fiona Subramanian-Ashby - Communications Officer

Fiona is the organisation’s Communications Officer, providing administrative support through copy writing, editing and proofing the Centre’s various channels of communications from websites to newsletters. She does this alongside her day to day role as Group Communications Executive at Altodigital Networks Ltd in Leeds, where she manages communication activity with the aim of developing the Company’s culture, vision and values through engagement and recognition. Fiona has worked in Communications for over five years after completing her BA (Hons) in Business Management and Hospitality (2008). She and her family have always been avid supporters of the charity and she even served as Secretary on the Board of Trustees for a period of time before going on maternity leave in 2014.