Registered Charity No. 1097479 A Company limited by guarantee and registered in the UK No. 4384761

John Battle (Chair)

Rt Hon John Battle was the National Director of Church Action on Poverty (1983-1987); Member of Parliament for Leeds West (1987-2010),  Minister of State at DTI and Foreign Office (1997-2001), Prime Minister's Faith Envoy (2001-2005), Fellow at Blackfriars Hall Oxford, on the board of Las Casas Institute, Oxford, consultant to Three Faiths Forum, Fellow of Leeds Trinity College. He is currently working in community organising in Leeds and neighbourhood projects with ex offenders, and is chair of Leeds Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission.

John Beal

Dr John Beal is a retired dentist and active in both church affairs and community based activities. He is a member of General Synod and of the Ripon and Leeds Bishop’s Council. He has been a Justice of the Peace since 1987. He was awarded an MBE for services to dental health in 2004 and has a strong sense of vocation  in advocating improved health in disadvantaged communities. He is Chair of the national charity No Smoking Day, which is responsible both for the day of the same name and other smoking cessation activities.

Michael Noble.

Michael is the District Development Enabler for the Leeds and West Yorkshire Districts of the Methodist Church. His work includes developing the strategic direction of the Districts, working with Circuits and Churches to review their mission, strategy and use of resources, and collaborating with ecumenical, social and government partners. He has extensive experience of regional working.  A Methodist local preacher, he worships at a joint Methodist/URC church.

Angela Hughes.

Revd Angela Hughes has been minister of the Stainbeck United Reform Church from 2001. She says ‘My ministry in Meanwood is community-based enabling the church to play an effective part in the life of the local community. For more details see the web site They welcome conversations with other agencies and churches so that they can work together where appropriate, and support and encourage one another’.

Shelagh Fawcett

Shelagh is coordinator for Leeds Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission as well as many voluntary positions with organisations such as West Yorkshire Community Chaplaincy Project, St Vincent’s Centre and Church Action on Poverty. Her work brings her into contact with community groups, particularly in relation to debt, social exclusion, asylum seekers and refugees.

Tim Bywater  

Father Timothy Bywater is a Catholic priest from Malton in North Yorkshire. In addition to his work as Parish Priest, he is Ecumenical Officer for the Diocese of Middlesbrough, a member of North York Moors Churches Together and the Ecumenical Network in the Vale of York and is active in rural and migrant worker issues.

Ruth Smith

Ruth works as Community Mission Advisor for Livability (formally the Shaftesbury Society) supporting and equipping Churches in urban neighbourhoods to engage effectively with their communities. She has extensive experience of living and working in areas of urban deprivation and with groups of marginalised people. She has a particular interest in encouraging churches to work through partnerships and to adopt and use community development as a foundational  approach to mission.

David Arblaster

Revd David Arblaster is a Catholic deacon for the Leeds Diocese and is Director of Services to Students at Leeds Metropolitan University, a role which encompasses liaison with the Leeds Universities Chaplaincy and other faith groups. He has been involved in ecumenical work and local Churches Together groups for many years and is a volunteer mentor with Leeds Asylum Seekers Network and is an active CAFOD campaigner.