Mrs Joanna Sciortino Nowlan

After leaving school, Joanna worked with IofC for 15 years before getting married, going to university in her thirties and having a daughter at 40. It took her until she was 50 to discover her real vocation, as a teacher. She taught in the state sector to start with, ending up as Head of Religious Studies in the biggest Catholic independent school in the UK. Since retiring she has worked as a volunteer in prisons in the UK and France, teaching victim awareness and restorative justice, in between working on her allotment.

Mr Gordon Robinson

Gordon worked for The Timken Company for 36 years. He has worked in Sweden, France, Italy, India, China and the USA, along with business responsibilities in Africa and the Arabian Gulf.

At Timken, he worked in General Management, including as MD and then Chairman of a publicly traded company, listed on the Mumbai Stock Exchange. He also worked in Trustee roles for the Timken Foundation, XLRI School Of Management and Junior Achievement. He joined IofC UK as a Trustee in June 2018.

Dr Nirmala Pillay

Nirmala Pillay is Reader in law at Leeds Beckett University. Her research interests are in Public Law and Human Rights. She has published in the areas of Human Rights, Professional Ethics and Constitutional Law and her current research is concerned with HIV-positive female prisoners in Zimbabwe and Malawi.  She has served on the Council of Liverpool University and has chaired the University’s Research Ethics Committee; she was also a chapter member of Liverpool Cathedral and a board member of Milapfest.

Mr Edward Peters

Edward Peters has worked with IofC for almost 50 years, in more than 50 countries. He was responsible for training programmes for young people from 1981-1983 and 1995-2000. He was a commissioning editor & monthly columnist at For A Change magazine from 1990-1996. Executive Vice President of Initiatives of Change International from October 2010 to December 2014, he continued as a member of the International Council until the end of 2016. Edward is an alternate member of the board of IofC Sweden.

Rev Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy

Lusa is an ordained Anglican priest who recently moved to be the first Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Mission and Ministry Enabler for Leicester Diocese. He was previously Vicar of St Aidan’s, Gravesend, Kent in the Diocese of Rochester. He is married and has a daughter. His involvement with IofC initially came as a result of participating in the Faith in Leadership programme. Lusa’s forebears come from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and he has Belgian citizenship.

Mrs Claire Leggat

Born and brought up in New Zealand, Claire has spent more than 50 years working with IofC/MRA in a range of capacities including secretarial, administration, personnel and conference facilitation. She has worked for extended periods in Australia, the USA, Japan, India, New Zealand and the UK, and for shorter periods in a number of other countries around the world. Claire was a member of the IofC International Council from 2001-2006, with particular responsibility for personnel and development.

Mrs Margaret Cosens

Margaret was brought up on a West Australian wheat and sheep farm. Her pre-university gap year as a volunteer with IofC turned into a gap-30-years, mainly in India, Australia, Papua New Guinea, and UK. In 1997 she gained employment in the NHS, becoming Project and Programme Manager for the implementation and development of IT Integrated Patient Care Systems, and later moving to a company supplying IT systems to the NHS. She retired from paid employment in August 2018.

Mme Nathalie Chavanne

Nathalie has been part of IofC teams promoting dialogue and trust between people of different cultures and generations in French- speaking Africa and northern African Arab countries.

In France, with Tunisian colleagues, she developed the programme Initiative Dialogue. In the decade following September 11th, 2001, she was involved in a French programme, Education à la Paix and in 2017 she became a facilitator on a programme called Oui Act. Nathalie has been on the Board of Trustees for IofC UK since 2015.