Leadership Committee

MODEM’s activities are overseen by a Leadership Committee, who act as the charity’s Trustees. They are elected by members.

Vaughan S. Roberts, Chair


Sue Miller

Sue Miller is Director of the Susanna Wesley Foundation at the University of Roehampton. Before that, she used to work in the Methodist Church’s Connexional Team, where she was involved in the continuing development of ministers. She enabled the implementation of ministerial development review, and is a member of the ecumenical Quality in Formation Panel. Sue began her career as a graduate trainee with the Department of Employment. She completed a Masters degree in Manpower Studies (human aspects of management), before moving to Westminster Business School, where she became a Principal Lecturer in Leadership and Development. Sue has always had an interest in the relationship between church organisation and management and leadership models, believing that Christian contexts potentially provide opportunities for their application in new ways. She is a member of a Baptist church.


Rachel Noël

Rachel is Vicar of Pennington, in the Diocese of Winchester. She trained for ministry with an MA from STETS, based at Sarum College; where she is now a trustee. Prior to ordination, following an MBA from Southampton, she worked for a number of years leading the Customer Journey programme for Carnival UK (P&O Cruises & Cunard), leading organisational change. Alongside this, she was part of rolling out their leadership training programme across the shoreside offices as well as onboard the fleet of ships. Outside work, Rachel can often be found playing a variety of board games or following various creative pursuits – most recently making her own set of liturgical vestments.


Jonathan Emptage, Membership Secretary

Jonathan joined Modem in 2010 after attending a forum run by Modem on behalf of the Church of Scotland on the theme ‘What should leadership look like for the church in 21st century Scotland?’ He and his wife recently moved back to their native Lincoln after 20 years in Scotland, where Jonathan worked in local government in waste and resource management. He now works in the food business as a Customer Delivery Driver for Waitrose. He was Clerk to the Congregational Board and an Elder in their local Church of Scotland church. He and his wife now attend a Church of England church within a cricket ball’s throw of Lincoln Cathedral. Jonathan achieved a MA in Leadership for Sustainability at Lancaster University Management School, which sparked his interest in leadership. He took up his role as Modem’s Membership Secretary in 2014.

Jeremy FaganJeremy Fagan, MODEM Matters Editor

Jeremy is an Anglican minister working in Kirkby, Merseyside, a large post-war new town. Having changed role in 2012, he became aware of the gaps in his knowledge around leadership and management, so completed an MA in Christian Approaches to Leadership through Sarum College. While doing this, he became aware of the work of MODEM, and attended a couple of the annual conferences, at one of which he was surprised to find himself volunteering as MODEM Matters editor. He is particularly interested in understanding the emotional life of congregations, and the role that issues of anxiety and control play in making churches healthy places to be. A Brummy originally, he has been an adopted Scouser since 2004.

Mark Wakelin

Matt Harbage, Honorary Secretary

Val McKie