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Learning Network Eastern Region

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The Learning Network aims to make learning & development central to the life the Methodist Church by offering support, training, and learning & development opportunities for everyone in theBedfordshire, Essex & Hertfordshire, East Anglia, Lincolnshire, Northampton, and Nottingham & Derby districts.

Working across the five districts in the region, we are here to support your local church, circuit and district with your learning and development needs.

We also offer training and resourcing online beyond our regional boundaries.

The aligned officer for Lincolnshire District from Eastern team is Gill Thomas. You can find her details below.

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Ann Howlett-Foster

Ann is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region. She loves to engage in creative and positive conversations with individuals and groups to find ways forward. Ann works part time, and is also a freelance facilitator and graphic recorder. When not working she enjoys singing and making silver stuff.

Contact Ann | 07799 900481

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Gill Thomas

Gill is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region, aligned with the Lincolnshire District. Gill has worked for the statutory and charity sectors in various parts of England and her passions lie in social justice and equipping people to be the change in their world. Her main areas of work are children and family ministry, youth work, lay workers support and 3Generate.

Contact Gillian: | 07799 902581

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Michael Wadsworth

Michael is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern Region. He has a passion for teaching, biblical studies and theological reflection and particularly loves to help people to read the Bible with greater confidence and expectancy. He has spent the last two years working for Fusion UK. Prior to this he spent 9 years serving churches in Basingstoke and Derby as youth worker, student worker and teaching pastor. In his spare time he tutors for King's School of Theology and is completing an MA. Michael lives in community in Derby and worships as part of a small, experimental church plant.

Contact Michael: | 07791 036801

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Nigel Pimlott

Nigel is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region, aligned with the Nottingham & Derby District. As a trainer, thinker, strategist and coach he has a passion for mission, innovation, creativity and helping people make a difference in the world. Nigel's main areas of work are pioneer ministry, evangelism and church/circuit visioning.

Contact Nigel: | 07799 900468

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Jenna Thorne

Jenna Thorne is a Digital Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region, aligned with the East Anglia District. Jenna has an extensive background in creative arts ministry, theatre and community work. Jenna works part time and is also Artistic/ Executive Director of therapeutic arts charity, Talitha Arts. Jenna's main areas of work are digital communications, engagement & mission; stewarding; and student ministry.

Contact Jenna | | 02074 675190


Stuart Watkin

Stuart Watkin is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region, aligned with the Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire District and with responsibility for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion. He has worked in education for two decades, in prison education, the Sixth Form College sector and secondary schools, and was Vice Principal of an Academy in London. He lives in London with his wife and dogs. Stuart's main areas of work are equality, diversity & inclusion; additional needs and chaplaincy.

Contact Stuart | | 07825 669586

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