Revd Canon Liz Hughes
Revd Canon Liz Hughes is a Church of England priest and Senior Chaplain at London Luton Airport with almost 20 years experience of chaplaincy. The Airport has a team of 9 additional voluntary Chaplains and a part time administrator. London Luton Airport is one of five airports serving Greater London and the fourth largest. Since opening in 1938, London Luton Airport has grown to offer flights to over 60 destinations by over 15 airlines and tour operators. LLA serves over 10m passengers a year and has become a recognised centre for business jets and currently supports the following scheduled airlines - easyJet, Ryanair, Wizz Air, Monarch, Aer Arann, Thomsonfly, First Choice, Thomas Cook and Monarch. The Airport now offers passengers an extensive choice of both scheduled and charter services including frequent departures to over 90 destinations, including services to Europe, Africa, North America and the Middle East.
Revd Barbara Johnson
Revd Barbara Johnson is an Anglican Minister and Senior Chaplain at Bedfordshire and is a voluntary chaplain with a long public sector career in Human Resources. Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service employ around 600 people. The workforce is made up of: Operational Staff including both whole time and retained duty crews, Fire Control Staff and Fire and Rescue Staff (support staff). Women represent around 3% of operational fire fighters and around 16% of the workforce as a whole. Men make up 20% of Fire Control Staff, around 23% of Support Staff, and approximately 97% of Operational Staff. Where the Fire Service is involved in partnership work with other public authorities, or with private or voluntary sector organisations, we are responsible for meeting our gender and other duties and in addition secure agreement from those partners to arrangements for planning, funding and managing joint work that will allow the Service to meet its statutory obligations for gender duty.
Revd Tony Ruffell
Revd Tony Ruffell is a URC Minister and Senior Chaplain for Hertfordshire Emergency Services with over 35 years of chaplaincy experience. Tony's role covers the three major Emergency Services, Herts Police and its HQ in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire Fire Service and its HQ in Hertford and the East of England Ambulance Service, its training centre in Melbourne and HQ near St Neots. All three services have undergone significant change in the last five years and Herts and Beds Police have embarked on a major partnership programme to integrate their specialist services such as Firearms, Dogs and Terrorism. Tony leads a team of over 35 voluntary chaplains from a variety of faith and belief backgrounds including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and many other established beliefs including Humanism. He also networks with the key support groups such as the CPA, HAMP, Keystone, HBAPA, and BAWP. In addition he supports new recruits and cadets to all three services as well as providing his vast experience to assist management deliver their diversity agenda.
Major Brian Griffin
Major Brian Griffin is senior Chaplain to Bedfordshire Police and is a retired Salvation Army officer. Strategically, Bedfordshire Police intends to remain an independent organisation collaborating where it is beneficial and in becoming more efficient becoming more effective. There are already efficiency gains as a result of collaboration between Bedfordshire Police and Hertfordshire Constabulary with the formation of a joint Major Crime Unit located at Herts HQ and the collaborative partnership will be extended to include Cambridgeshire Constabulary. This will bring greater economies of scale. Regular visits and contact is kept with the Helicopter Support Unit, Combined Professional Standards Dept., and the Armed Response Unit. The Chaplain attends the training programme for all new police officers and staff as well as making regular visits to police stations throughout Bedfordshire. Recruitment and training of additional chaplains in Bedfordshire is a priority in 2010.
Captain Jenny Dibsdall with Dr. Malcolm Ernst
Captain Jenny Dibsdall is senior Chaplain to the Inland Waterways and is a seconded Salvation Army Officer. She is supported by Dr. Malcolm Ernst, a Salvation Army Envoy. This is a pioneer chaplaincy and along with 8 volunteer chaplains they cover the Grand Union Canal, the Lee & Stort, the River Great Ouse and the River Thames. The chaplaincy will seek to serve all those dependent on the waterways for their economic well being but will also have a special focus on the 3 D's – the disillusioned, disadvantaged and disappeared. The Salvation Army's "Seeds of Exclusion" report based on research into how people become socially excluded, is leading to an understanding that to avoid the perpetuation of long term social problems early intervention can help those with problems such as homelessness, addiction and mental health problems, significantly improving their quality of life. The inland waterways network in the UK has undergone an extensive change and programme of regeneration in the past decade, resulting in a huge resurgence in popularity. About 300 million visits were made to the inland waterways last year, and, with 29,000 boats currently in use, there are more craft on the waterways now than there were at the height of the Industrial Revolution.
Revd Jenny Spouge
Revd Jenny Spouge is a Methodist Minister and a part time chaplain to the Grosvenor Casino in Luton. A casino is probably the last place you'd expect to find a Methodist minister. The Rank G Casino in Luton, however, is exactly where you'll find workplace chaplain Jenny Spouge on a regular basis, in the gaming areas and behind the scenes, chatting to staff and providing a 'listening ear' when needed. Rank is one of a growing number of organisations recognising that in the current climate, looking after the general well-being of their employees makes good business sense. The organisation has been piloting chaplaincy at its Luton casino for almost three years, with the aim of giving staff access to someone completely independent who can act as a sounding board for any personal or work-related issues that may be troubling them. G Casino general manager Martin Iles admits that when the chaplaincy was first introduced there were a few doubts around the table. When the idea was originally mooted, the business had at least 31 different nationalities and a wide range of religious beliefs among its team of 140 staff, and there were some concerns about how well the idea would go down. The reality is somewhat different.