Mother's Union Guildford | Meet the Team

Meet the team

Meet the team…….

Meet the team

Meet the team…….

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Diana Wood

Joint Diocesan President

As your new Joint Diocesan President my vision for the next triennium is to expand the profile of Mothers’ Union in the Diocese of Guildford.

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Diana Wood

Joint Diocesan President

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As your new Joint Diocesan President my vision for the next triennium is to expand the profile of Mothers’ Union in the Diocese of Guildford. My particular passion is parenting in all its breadth and fullness.

One of our key objectives in Mothers’ Union is to encourage parents to bring up their children in the faith and life of the church. Parenting is so much more than raising one’s small children, physically and emotionally, extremely important though this is. There is also a third dimension, their spirituality. The Parenting for Faith course empowers parents and others to explore and develop how they can encourage a growing connection with God in their children and teens. I feel Mothers’ Union is particularly well placed to support parents in this important aspect of parenting. Whatever our age, we all have children for whom we can be a significant adult. You may be a young parent, an aunt or uncle, a grandparent, a godparent or a loved and respected family friend. I want to enable many parishes to have the opportunity of exploring this exciting aspect of our responsibility as Christians.

I want to support and encourage existing members, there is so much valuable work already happening in the diocese. I want to see new members of all ages being enrolled and new parishes gaining groups and MU members. I would deeply love to help support a group of school children set up their own MU group.

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Sylvia Taylor

Joint Diocesan President

Sylvia has been the branch leader at West Horsley for many years and served as Faith & Policy coordinator (from 2016 to 2021) before taking on the role of Joint Diocesan President. 

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Dorothea Nattrass

Vice President

Dorothea has been a Mothers’ Union member since the 1980s and has served as Vice-President for the past 3 years.
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Dorothea Nattrass

Vice President

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Dorothea has been a Mothers’ Union member since the 1980s and has served as Vice-President for the past 3 years.

In more recent years, as well as leading the Haslemere branch, she has been much involved in parish activity - pastoral team, mother and toddler group, taking services in a local care home, and for 5 years being a churchwarden. Dorothea feels that she found interest in finding out more of the wider work of MU at the stimulating Annual Gatherings in various cities!

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Kim Darby

Vice President

American by birth, Kim has lived in the UK since coming over to study in 1989.

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Kim Darby

Vice President

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American by birth, Kim has lived in the UK since coming over to study in 1989.
She has volunteered in various school and church settings and trained as a MU Parenting Facilitator in 2012.

She is a member of the Ashtead branch and active in the Parish as Churchwarden.

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Liz Newhouse

Treasurer

Liz joined MU in 2016, having been an active member of Ashtead parish church for many years. 

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Liz Newhouse

Treasurer

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Liz joined MU in 2016, having been an active member of Ashtead parish church for many years. She is a member of the PCC and World Mission Team.

Liz is married, has four children and now twin granddaughters. She was a teacher for forty years, working in schools both in the UK and overseas. As well as teaching maths, she held a number of roles – she found that one of the most rewarding was coordinating charity fundraising projects, particularly supporting local refugee programmes.

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Sheila Sutherland

Finance Coordinator

Sheila is a long-serving Treasurer of the Leatherhead branch and former branch leader.

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Sheila Sutherland

Finance Coordinator

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Sheila is a long-serving Treasurer of the Leatherhead branch and former branch leader. She is well known to many as the MU rep for the diocese.

She has been a General Trustee but has served in the past as Finance Coordinator and is looking forward to taking on the role again.

Sheila is active in her church as Assistant Churchwarden, Sacristan and Server, and also is a member of the Trefoil Guild, helping to run a local Brownie pack.

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Shirley Martin

Action & Outreach Coordinator

Shirley is a member of Farncombe & Godalming branch and has been a volunteer at Send and Coldingley prisons

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Shirley Martin

Action & Outreach Coordinator

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Shirley is a member of Farncombe & Godalming branch and has been a volunteer at Send and Coldingley prisons for many years, helping to lead the Parenting group at Send.

She is currently Action & Outreach coordinator and has established strong links with the Guildford and Aldershot refuges, the York Road project for the homeless in Woking and the Guildford Action charity.

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(Position Vacant)

Faith & Prayer Coordinator

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Lesley Templeman

Administrator

I have been working as the Administrator since 2008, originally in the MU office but now largely from home.

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Lesley Templeman

Administrator

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I have been working as the Administrator since 2008, originally in the MU office but now largely from home.
I am responsible for maintaining and updating the database, taking minutes at Trustee Board meetings and sending out regular email newsletters to keep members informed about what is going on.

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Jenny Banks

General Trustee (Safeguarding)

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Carol Bingham

General Trustee

Carol is a member of Epsom Christchurch branch and currently a General Trustee.

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Carol Bingham

General Trustee

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Carol is a member of Epsom Christchurch branch and currently a General Trustee.

She had various roles in the Diocese of Down and Dromore (Northern Ireland) – branch secretary, branch leader, member of the Diocesan Council and All-Ireland Council and Diocesan Treasurer. She was also a member of Samaritans for 26 years.

Since moving to Epsom Carol has joined the parish prayer team and is involved in fundraising for MU in Sierra Leone.