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This autumn has seen a significant change in in the CMF staff team at all levels. We welcome your prayers as the new staff establish themselves in the coming weeks and months.


Pippa Peppiatt left as Head of Nurses and Midwives at the start of December after many years of building and developing the nurses and midwives ministry of CMF. A network of volunteers and supporters, and a growing and God-honouring fellowship of Christians in nursing and midwifery across the UK and Ireland are her legacy. Her infectious energy and humour will be missed by all.

Trevor Stammers stepped down as Public Policy Associate in October. He has been a prolific blogger, writer, editor, and contributor while supporting the public policy team. He is stepping back to enjoy some more family time.

Jennie Pollock left as the Head of Public Policy at the end of October to get married! Jennie has worked tirelessly as we have sought to expand the range of engagement CMF has with health policy issues and bioethics, as well as developing new resources.

Steve Sturman stepped down as Associate Head of Doctors' Ministries this December. Steve has built CMF's pastoral care ministry over the last four years, establishing a strong team of pastoral carers across the fellowship. He has also been involved in a wide range of other projects, including the support of trainees from Ukraine and support for some of our end-of-life public policy work. Steve will continue as a volunteer Associate supporting the pastoral care work of CMF.

Bethany Fuller finishes as the Peer Support Coordinator for Newly Qualified Nurses and Midwives at the end of the year, having pioneered events and resources to connect newly qualified nurses and midwives with the fellowship and support them with their transition from being students to fully qualified professionals.

Grace Dalton finishes her term with us as the Operations Team Intern at the end of the year. Grace has been instrumental in helping the team keep up-to-date with the needs and changing circumstances of members.


James Tomlinson joined the team at the start of October as the Head of Volunteers and Networks. James is a GP in the West Midlands and is the current West Midlands Catalyst Team Leader. He has also served as the ICMDA Eurasia Regional Secretary. James will be developing our ministry through and to volunteers and specialty networks.

Ben Daniel joins as the new Operations Director, taking over from Graham Sopp, who has held the role of Interim Operations Director since the summer. Ben has worked in various roles, including as Office Manager for an MP and Operations Manager for CARE. He brings a solid Human Resources and financial administration background, as well as a strong Christian faith and desire to serve God. Please pray for them both as Graham hands over and takes a well-earned retirement in the run up to Christmas, and Ben picks up the reins as we start a new and significant year in the life of CMF.

Susan Marriott joins the team as the new Associate Head of Public Policy in January, with agreement to progress to Head of Public Policy in June. Susan has worked as a GP and as a student worker with a city centre church. She is currently studying for a Masters in Theology in Christian Ministry at Oak Hill College.

Bex Lawton has taken over from Pippa Peppiatt as Head of Nurses and Midwives having served as Associate Head of Nurses and Midwives for the last two years. She also works as a paediatric nurse in Oxford. Bex brings a passion for the spiritual growth of nurses and midwives, as well as many other creative gifts. Please pray for them both during this time of transition.

Lizzie Chitty joins our team as a new Associate Staff Worker for nurses and midwives, especially those with a global connection - either those working in the UK from other nations, or those from the UK working around the world. She will also be joining the European Committee of Nurses Christian Fellowship International (NCFI) to represent the UK and Ireland. Lizzie is a nurse based in Nottingham with many years' experience of nursing with Mercy Ships. She is volunteering with us one day a week, so please pray for her, as it is a lot to pack into just one day!

Sally Palmer joins the team as the new Field Team Administrator, taking over from Marolin Watson, who stays on with the Field Team as a volunteer one day a week. Sally will manage a lot of the correspondence, event administration, and other work that keeps the Students, Nurses & Midwives, and Doctors teams working.

Leo Hacking has joined the Student team to help coordinate and support the running of the SYD (Student and Young Doctors) conference/training week in January. SYD brings together students and newly qualified health professionals from across Europe and the wider world for a week of intensive training culminating with the CMF student conference.

Paul Mehdi is working as a volunteer in the Global Department, and brings many skills, including film making, to the team.

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