Leaders

Our leaders are volunteers and come from all walks of life. They are from a wide range of denominations from ordained ministers to charity workers and business people. They are all trained in leading group walking holidays and have discovered a closeness to God through travel to remote places and have a passion to share this with others.

We are always pleased to hear from people interested in discovering more about journey leadership with Journeying. Please get in touch on the Contact page.

Paddy Allen

Biography

Paddy currently serves as Rector for four small congregations across Strathearn in Perthshire Scotland. She lives with her husband, Bruce, and sheepdog, Gus, in Crieff, while their son works as an artist in London. She grew up on a farm in a remote bit of Africa, later lived in a fishing village in Cape Town, and has always loved the outdoors, walking, wild swimming, sketching all the intriguing things you find as you explore. She taught spirituality as part of the ordination training programme for the Scottish Episcopal Church and has a passionate desire to help people experience the wonder of God tangible in all things around us. She has led retreats and recently set up an annual pilgrimage along the Three Saints Way as part of the developing St Andrews to Iona pilgrim route.


Rosemary Clarke

Biography

Rosemary Clarke lives on the Isle of Man years and loves the beauty and variety of its landscape. She works in Global Education which raises awareness of the disparity between the standard of living that we enjoy and that experienced by more than two thirds of the world's population. She has recently been licensed as a Reader in the Anglican Church and particularly enjoys coastal walking.


Phil Craine

Biography

Phil Craine lives in his native Isle of Man where he enjoys exploring the hills and coast. He loves walking to recharge his batteries, and particularly fond of the South West Coastal Footpath & the English Lakes. He'd like to see a fairer division of the world's resources and is involved with Christian Aid. Back in the 80s he spent a couple of years working in Pakistan with Church Mission Society, for whom he later co-led groups of young people to Russia and Pakistan.


Sue Degnan

Biography

Sue Degnan lives in West Yorkshire, where she works with asylum seekers and refugees. She is a Third Order Franciscan and has taught on the West Yorkshire and the Dales Diocesan Spirituality Course. She has had a varied past career, which includes working as a tour guide on holidays to Germany and Austria and charity treks in China and Egypt. Sue has loved walking in the northern national ​parks for many years and joined the Journeying team in 2015.


Steve Evemy

Biography

Steve Evemy spent most of his working life with Royal Mail, travelling all over the country. In 2004 he started a new career working near his home in Southampton, where he has lived since 1979. He is married with two grown-up sons. His first journey with us was in 2001 to St Kilda, where he enjoyed the companionship offered by a small group of fellow Christians from a variety of backgrounds. Since then Steve has enjoyed becoming a leader and has tried to facilitate similar experiences for others in those remote places where the spirit seems more accessible than in our busy modern world.


Susan Fogarty

Biography

Susan Fogarty lives on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales with her daughter. She has been in business for 40 years, from engineering to property to campsites. Pot-holing, canoeing, scuba diving, cycling and back packing are all sports that she has enjoyed and still does, to a greater or lesser degree, though she has recently discovered an appreciation of the poetry of RS Thomas. More of her time now is devoted to promoting his poetry both within and beyond 'the church'. Susan joined Journeying in 2015 and as is sharing her love of the outdoors and spiritual connection through poetry with those who travel with Journeying. As the Ministry Area Warden for Bro Enlli, in The Church in Wales, she is blessed to have Aberdaron and the sacred island of Bardsey as part of her everyday landscape.


David Gleed

Biography

David was brought up in the West Country and trained as a teacher in Wales before pursuing theological and pastoral studies in Bristol. He has been involved as a leader with Journeying from its very earliest days, taking many holiday journeys in Britain and Ireland. Home these days is in Pembrokeshire, with its deep Celtic heritage and wonderful coastal scenery, where he lives with wife Pippa (an Associate Leader with Journeying) and youngest daughter, Katy.


Sue Peachey (Associate Leader)

Biography

Sue Peachey is originally from Bristol but, having retired from her job as a Personal Assistant to the CEO of a large NHS Trust, has recently moved with her husband, Tony and dog, Bruce to live in Southern Spain.

Sue has two children, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild and regularly travels back to the UK to see them and catch up with friends. Her hobbies include choral singing and amateur dramatics and, of course, a love of walking, and says she is lucky enough to be able to do all three over in Spain. She also attends a small Anglican Church near her home which is part of the Church of England Diocese in Europe.

Sue became involved with Journeying firstly by attending day walks, then holidays, and eventually became a Leader for several years. She is now happy to be an Associate Leader and still takes a keen interest in all that Journeying has to offer.


Huw Riden (Associate Leader)

Biography

Huw Riden recently completed training for the Anglican priesthood at St. Padarn's College,Cardiff. Home is now Exmouth, Devon where he lives with his wife and two sons. Huw returned to the UK in 2015 after spending ten years as a military advisor in the UAE Armed Forces. Before that he served in the Second Battalion of the Parachute Regiment. He is an avid photographer and shares a passion for motorbikes with his wife who also rides and loves walking. While growing up in North Wales, and attending a Welsh medium school, Huw developed a heavy resonance with Celtic culture. Combined with a love of the outdoors and history, he knows Journeying is a great place to be.


Neil Robertson

Biography

Neil Robertson lives in Bristol with his wife Sarah and their two children. He is training for ordination in the Church of England. Neil writes; 'Over the past 7 or 8 years I have discovered more about my own spirituality and about the ways I connect most with God. For me this has been most profound through times of retreat into the wild. 'I am a keen walker, climber, mountaineer, mountain biker, and backpacker (although I have ditched the tent in favour of a bivvy bag). I have experienced the spiritual effects of being immersed in nature, wilderness, and journey both for others and myself. Walking and camping with other people has a profound effect on the relationship that exists, and I believe it is through these relationships that our awareness of God grows. This is why I believe in Journeying.'


Iain Tweedale

Biography

Iain Tweedale lives in Wales with his wife Sue where he works in the media. His family tree has branches in Ireland, Scotland and Cornwall which might explain his love for remote Celtic landscapes. He is a lay Cistercian with close connections to Caldey Island where the mix of nature and contemplative Christianity fits well with the Journeying way.


Duncan Weaver

Biography

Duncan has had a varied and interesting career in which he has worn several uniforms and is currently the chaplain at Bloxham school, a co-educational Anglican boarding school, in N. Oxfordshire. He has always had a love of sport and the great outdoors which he has been able to enjoy throughout his life, and at Bloxham he is more often in a track suit teaching sport than in a dog collar. He has led various 'pilgrimages,' on foot, by bicycle and by sea and is currently seeking to complete the Camino in stages. He thinks that these ancient practices and rhythms help us all on our journeys. He is married to Joan and they have 4 children and 8 grandchildren who are scattered around the British Isles. He likes to cook and enjoys sharing meals with others.


Sally Welch

Biography

Sally Welch is the Vicar of Charlbury with Shorthampton and Area Dean of Chipping Norton. She has been walking the pilgrim routes of Great Britain and Europe for twenty years, sometimes alone or with members of her numerous family, sometimes leading groups - always with enthusiasm for the adventures the journey will bring. She is the author of several books on pilgrimage and labyrinths and the editor of BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship) New Daylight Bible reading notes.


Robin Westwood

Biography

Robin Westwood lives in Devon. He is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Church and he also works in nursing. In his spare time over the years he has led walks and tours in The Holy Land, Spain and especially the Camino Santiago de Compostela. He has also led Charity Treks in China (The Great Wall) and Peru (the Inca Trail). His interests are wide ranging, from Monastic History and Spirituality to Islamic Art and Architecture. He enjoys walking the long distance footpaths of rural Britain and also canal walks. He has worked in a voluntary medical capacity in the West Bank (Palestine) and also in Nepal which has always been a very special place in his life. He joined the Journeying team in 2015.


Jon Wilkinson

Biography

Jon Wilkinson is the Associate Minister in the parish of St Mary and St Cuthbert in Chester le Street in North East England, where he lives with his wife Libby and two daughters, Rebecca and Hannah. This church has a rich Celtic heritage, being founded in the ninth century and it was the resting place for the body of St Cuthbert before being moved to Durham. Jon has enjoyed walking especially in the Lake District for many years. He also enjoy playing the drums, local history and playing golf "when I get the time." He founded and leads YJourney which follows the Journeying model for young people.


Jill Atkinson (Associate Leader)

Biography

I first went on a Journeying holiday to Orkney in 1998 and then having joined the leadership team, co-led in Ireland during 2003 where we climbed Croagh Patrick and visited the 'away from it all' Island of Inishbofin. Since then I have led many holidays particularly in the West Country and mainly in my beloved Cornwall. I feel very privileged to have been able to visit some amazing places with Journeying and also to meet some amazing people with whom to share our faith.