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Training & Development

Firstly, let me extend a warm welcome from the Eastern Regional Team of the Learning Network.

This region covers the five Methodist districts of Bedfordshire, Essex & Hertfordshire, East Anglia, Lincolnshire, Northampton, and Nottingham & Derby - covering around a third of England and bordering ten other Methodist districts.  Although the team is spread across the counties, we are all available to work across the whole of the region.  We each bring our own skills and experiences to the roles.

Meet the Team

Dave FriswellDave Friswell is the Learning & Development Co-ordinator for the Eastern region.  He has a background in training, and developing support for overseas mission, and was formerly Head of the World Church Relationships Team.  He is keen to see churches with grow a heart for mission and to develop both in their buildings and out in the wider community.  He spends his spare time in his garage restoring and tinkering with his old cars.

Contact Dave:  |  07799 902570

Ann Howlett FosterAnn Howlett Foster is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region, aligned to the Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Essex District.  She loves to engage in creative and positive conversations with individuals and groups to find ways forward.  Ann works part-time, and is also a freelance facilitator and graphic recorder.  When not working she enjoys singing and making silver stuff.

Contact Ann:  |  07799 900481

Gillian ThomasGillian Thomas is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region, aligned with the Lincolnshire District.  Gill has worked for the statutory and charity sectors in various parts of England and her passions lie in social justice and equipping people to be the change in their world.  Her main areas of work are children and family ministry, youth work, lay workers' support, and 3Generate.

Contact Gillian:  |  07799 902581

Jenna ThorneJenna Thorne is a Digital Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region, aligned with the East Anglia District.  Jenna has an extensive background in creative arts ministry, theatre and community work.  Jenna works part time and is also Artistic/ Executive Director of therapeutic arts charity, Talitha Arts.  Jenna's main areas of work are digital communications, engagement and mission, stewarding, and student ministry.

Contact  |  02074 675190

Michael WadsworthMichael Wadsworth is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region.  He has a passion for teaching, biblical studies and theological reflection, and particularly loves to help people to read the Bible with greater confidence and expectancy.  He has spent the last two years working for Fusion UK.  Prior to this, he spent nine years serving churches in Basingstoke and Derby as youth worker, student worker and teaching pastor.  In his spare time he tutors for King's School of Theology, and is completing an MA.  Michael lives in community in Derby and worships as part of a small, experimental church plant.

Contact Michael:  |  07791 036801

Nigel PimlottNigel Pimlott is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region, aligned with the Nottingham & Derby District.  As a trainer, thinker, strategist, and coach he has a passion for mission, innovation, creativity, and helping people make a difference in the world.  Nigel's main areas of work are pioneer ministry, evangelism and church/circuit visioning.

Contact Nigel:  |  07799 900468

Stuart WatkinStuart Watkin is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region, aligned to the Bedfordshire, Essex & Hertfordshire District and with responsibility for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.  He has worked in education for two decades, in prison education, the Sixth Form College sector and secondary schools, and was Vice Principal of an Academy in London.  He lives in London with his wife and dogs.  Stuart's main areas of work are Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Additional Needs and Chaplaincy.

Contact Stuart:  | 07825 669586

Alongside these areas of work we are available for leading circuit steward training, regional study days, and workshops on specific issues such as bullying and internal conflict.  We have access to a wide range of resources and other specialists within the Connexional Team, so please do get in touch if there is something else you feel we may be able to assist with.

Training events

Dates and venues for training and events are usually publicised on the 'Eventbrite' website as well as on the district calendar.  Booking via Eventbrite is easy and the sessions are usually free unless they are residential or we need to cover the costs, such as of external speakers.





David Friswell, 20/07/2019