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

Vaughan is Team Rector of the Anglican churches in Warwick, and a researcher and writer on story-telling in churches. He has been a regular attender at MODEM Conferences for some time, and has contributed chapters to MODEM books and articles and book reviews to MODEM Matters and this website. A more detailed introduction is here.


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.

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

Timothy Hewitt, Honorary Secretary

Richard Walters, Honorary Treasurer

Val McKie

Val McKie is a Writer, soon to be Author, Coach and Public Speaker. She specialises in Conflict Resolution working with individuals and organisations to dissolve conflict both internally and externally. She has a passion for peace and a unique approach to her work. She became interested in MODEM after attending the bi-annual conference at Sarum College some years ago and supports the mission to encourage authentic dialogue to improve leadership in society. She has a Master Degree in Irish Studies, a BA (hons) in Applied Social Science. and is a qualified Behavioural Analyst. She was a Magistrate for seven years and is a member of the Institute of Directors and until recently was Chair of the British Acupuncture Federation.