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Introducing our Catalyst Team Leaders

We are delighted to introduce our latest Catalyst Team leaders:
  • Clare, who leads the new Wessex Catalyst Team
  • Esther, who takes over the leadership of the Oxford Catalyst Team
  • Charlotte, who takes over the leadership of the Northwest Kent Catalyst Team
  • Lorna, who takes over the leadership of the East Midlands Catalyst Team
  • Vicki, who leads the West Midlands Catalyst Team
  • Werner, who leads the new Northern Ireland Catalyst Team
  • Laura and Alex, who lead the South East Scotland Catalyst Team
  • Audrey, who leads the South West Scotland Catalyst Team
  • Lydia, who leads the South West England Catalyst Team
Below they introduce themselves and ways we can be praying for them


'Hi, my name is Clare, and I am the new Catalyst Team Leader for Wessex. I'm really excited to continue building on the what the Catalyst Team has already achieved since being set up in Wessex. I moved to Winchester for my foundation jobs and got involved in the Wessex CMF Junior Doctors' group in 2014, before completing my GP training at Southampton earlier this year. I have been so encouraged to see the support, teaching, and encouragement CMF events have provided for Christian healthcare professionals across the region. I'm looking forward to continuing this work and to help individuals step out in their purpose to see Gods kingdom grow and transform their area of the healthcare system. I'm praying that each person's faith would have an impact on those around them and that CMF would come alongside to encourage and equip you in that journey.'


'I live with two friends in Headington and currently work at the John Radcliffe as an internal medicine trainee. I attend Magdalen Road Church in Iffley. It's a great honour and privilege to join the leadership team at Oxford CMF.I have recently been encouraged by this verse:

And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. Ephesians 2:22

Paul speaks to the Ephesian church who live in a rebellious city overshadowed by the temple of Artemis, full of pagan rituals and idolatry. He speaks of the power with which they can be clothed when they are united in Christ, whatever their ethnic/cultural/educational background. This message seems relevant to us living in Oxford today. God meant us to be united in the truth, with Christ Jesus as the chief cornerstone, to become a place for him to dwell - which is amazing! Individual believers as God's temple, but with great power by being together. I'm excited that this is already happening in Oxford through prayer groups, churches and CMF and hopeful that we will continue to grow together as a living body for Christ.'


'Greetings to all members in West Kent!

I am Charlotte Abson and I finished working as a Consultant Oncologist based at the Cancer Centre in Maidstone earlier this year, after over 20 years treating breast cancer in Maidstone and Medway.

With more time on my hands now, I am delighted to have come on board as the West Kent Catalyst Team leader, taking over from Paul Ryan whose sterling work has kept us going for the last 2 or 3 years, and especially through the ups and downs of the last 18 months.

My vision for the role is to get a small nuclear "catalyst" team together, to cover specific areas such as supporting junior doctors, nurses, prayer, etc depending on the local needs and skills available.

I commend those of you on the fringes of CMF to find out more about the many things in its armoury to support us in our work as Christian doctors and nurses.

'...To him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us... Ephesians 3:20''


'Hi, I am Lorna, a GP working in Leicester. I live in South Leicestershire with my husband Stephen. I love meeting up with people for a good brunch or coffee, being outside, playing netball in my village, and traveling. I have been on the East Midlands Catalyst Team as the Evangelism Catalyst and am excited to see what God will continue to do through CMF in the East Midlands.'


Vicki Ibbett is the incoming new team leader for the West Midlands Catalyst Team. Vicki is already a member of the West Midlands team. She has been the global catalyst and has also covered the juniors catalyst role. Vicki has a long history of involvement with CMF in the region going back to her time as a medical student at the University of Birmingham. Vicki will formally take over as leader in the next 2 weeks as I step down as current team leader.

Vicki is a psychiatry trainee based in Birmingham and part of the youth ministry team at her local church. Prior to speciality training, she had the privilege of working with Medair to improve the wellbeing of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, where she also studied public health.

Contact Vicki at


'Greetings to all present Catalyst Team Leaders and CMF UK members in Northern Ireland and everywhere.

When I retired in 2011 from the NHS as a Consultant Physician, I joined the well-established CMF committee in Northern Ireland and later became its Chair. Even though retired from clinical work, with 2 daughters and a son-in-law in hospital consultant work I am kept in touch with what is happening in the NHS "at the coal face."

We were used to working as a committee and doing all things together. Reading about catalyst teams made me think - are we really doing all things together well? What about the catalyst emphasis on prayer, and allowing committee members to focus on their passions and strengths, and involving other CMF members in those areas? As we prayed about this, we shared at our AGM in early 2021 (by Zoom!) that we were looking into this prayerfully. And so, we are transitioning into a Catalyst team.

I pray that we may retain the lovely fellowship we have as a committee but involve others significantly in what we do. It's great that CMF provide resources and open sharing links for those involved in similar areas throughout the UK.

Ultimately the work is only a small part of what God is doing as He builds His Kingdom.

'His Kingdom is an eternal Kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation.'' Daniel 4 v3


'Hi, I'm Laura and I am married to Stephen (a vet and farmer) and we have three lovely children. I have previously lived in South Africa, Surrey and Leeds, and did my GP training in the Scottish Borders. Since 2015, I have been in Scotland working as a GP and more recently have a role as GP advisor with the Scottish Ambulance Service. During the last 30 years, I have also received excellent life-saving NHS care myself, for which I am grateful. I have been the Prayer Catalyst for South East Scotland for two years and now look forward to working with Alex as co-team leader for South East Scotland. When I'm not doing any of the above, I like meeting up with people for a coffee, pilates, swimming and walking/running - the order is important!'



'Hello, I'm Alex. I'm an Emergency Medicine trainee and live in Edinburgh with my wife Catriona and son Hamish. I am a sports enthusiast with a minor obsession with triathlon and the premier league. I am excited to be a part of the work that God is doing in Scotland through CMF.'

audrey ctl sw scotlandAUDREY (South West Scotland)
'...I kind of realised over the years that leadership of these kind of teams is not necessarily about the leader being a 'fabulous' person or a fabulous leader. It's about realising that God chooses all of us and how he works in each person is really different. The thing that really inspires me is the immense privilege it is to see a team of quite disparate people come together and out of that, God bringing amazing things to happen that you couldn't write a story about in advance. At the end of the day, it's God's team and it's God's work within that team. We are just vessels and instruments to allow God's Spirit to carry his purposes out and to bring his kingdom in.'

lydiaLYDIA (South West England)
'...Hello! My name is Lydia, I'm 27, and I recently moved from Cambridge to Torbay in Devon for Core Surgical Training. I enjoy playing netball, saxophone, and meeting up with others! I got baptised four years ago and God has transformed my life completely. Seeing his hand in each situation, and enjoying a heart-to-heart relationship with him, is everything. I'm so privileged to be starting the CMF Catalyst Team Leader role for South West England. I would absolutely love for God to continue building connections between us and to him in this region over the coming season. If you would like to explore getting involved in this new Catalyst Team or would just like to say hello - I would be delighted to hear from you! You can contact me at Hope to meet you soon!.'

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