Meet the team of permanent staff who are responsible for coordinating and delivering Woodbrooke’s learning programme.
Simon Best is Head of Learning and has overall responsibility for Woodbrooke’s learning programmes. He is passionate about creating opportunities for Quakers to learn and grow individually and together. Simon is responsible for supporting the Swarthmore Lecture programme.
Ben Pink Dandelion is Programmes Leader for the Centre for Research in Quaker Studies. He has responsibility for our postgraduate programmes run in partnership with the University of Birmingham and Lancaster University. He both teaches and supervises postgraduate students in a variety of fields, and his own specialism is Sociology of Religion. He is a prolific author and editor.
Martin Layton is Senior Programme Leader for off-site and online learning. He has responsibility for our online learning and Woodbrooke on the Road. He is interested in exploring how Quaker spirituality strengthens our lives of active witness.
Stuart Masters is Senior Programme Leader for on-site learning, He coordinates Woodbrooke’s on-site course programme and leads courses exploring the Quaker way and its relationship to other traditions.
Betty Hagglund is Learning Resources Manager, and has overall responsibility for Woodbrooke’s library and archive. She is particularly interested in early Quaker history and writings.
Gill Pennington is Ministry Programmes Co-ordinator and Spirituality Tutor. She has responsibility for the Equipping for Ministry programme. She works to facilitate learning and enable a deepening of spiritual experience.
Mark Russ is Tutor for Nurturing Friends and Meetings. His interests include intentional community, music and worship, theology and apocalyptic spirituality.
Maud Grainger is Faith in Action Tutor. She has experience of and passion for environmental, social justice and interfaith work. She is interested in how we live our witness in the world and community activism.
Michael Eccles is Young Adult Programmes Coordinator and QPSW Tutor. He co-ordinates the Young Adult Leadership Programme at Woodbrooke and provides support for Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW) placement programmes.
Rhiannon Grant is Tutor for Quaker Roles. She is a lifelong Quaker who researches and writes about religious language and practices. Rhiannon is also Deputy Programmes Leader, Centre for Research in Quaker Studies and supports our postgraduate programmes and research work.
Timothy Ashworth is Biblical Studies tutor with a particular interest in the earliest Christian communities. He is also Interfaith Coordinator and responsible for our ecumenical and interfaith work.
Our team of tutors is supported by our educational administration team and library staff.
Woodbrooke also has a large number of volunteer and freelance Associate Tutors who help to run our learning programme and deliver many of our courses. If you are interested in offering service as an Associate Tutor then please contact us.