Leadership Committee

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


David Sims, Chair

David was Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Cass Business School, City University London, and Associate Dean and Head of the Management Faculty there. Before that he held similar roles and was Dean at Brunel Business School. He has written about 90 books and articles, and edited the journal Management Learning. He founded a Centre for Leadership, Learning and Change at Cass as there was a clear need in the City to be talking and thinking more carefully about leadership. His interests centre around two main areas: understanding people and organizations as stories, with leadership being one of the ways that someone gets written into the stories of people and organizations; and understanding how leadership is put together by several different people, and is always misunderstood if it is seen as being individual.


Lynn Caudwell

Lynn Caudwell is a Leadership trainer and coach for SIL International, where her passion for working in cross cultural environments is well used. This particular interest has grown over the 16 years she worked in Ethiopia and beyond. She is seconded for part of her time to Redcliffe College where she teaches on the MA program in Global Leadership and Organisational Change. She has developed and now facilitates, three short courses for any who find themselves in leadership roles. These courses focus on team, self and project leadership. She has branched out into running teambuilding retreats for Boards and Churches. Lynn aims to help leaders to free themselves from the need to know all of the answers! She encourages them to become more adept at real conversation and so be able to encourage diverse discussion and sense-making in this complex world.


Derek McAuley, Hon. Secretary

Derek McAuley is Chief Officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches. Originally from Northern Ireland, he was educated at Queen’s University of Belfast (BSSc in Political Science and Economics) and the University of Liverpool (MA in Welfare Organization and Management). He worked in local government and then the National Health Service for over 23 years before joining the General Assembly in 2009. He has a keen interest in corporate governance and risk. He was a National Council member of the Institute of Healthcare Management and is a member of the Chartered Management Institute. He is a member of Cross Street Chapel in Manchester and a trustee of the British and Foreign Unitarian Association Incorporated, Dr Williams’s Library and the Hibbert Trust.


Sue Miller

Sue Miller works in the Methodist Church’s Connexional Team, where she is 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 an Assistant Curate in the Avon Valley Partnership, in the Diocese of Winchester (six churches in and around Fordingbridge.) 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