ASWA Committee & Officers
Rt Revd Dominic Walker OGS
Bishop Dominic Walker is the former Bishop of Monmouth having previously been Vicar of Brighton and Bishop of Reading. Whilst in Brighton he was involved in the protests against live animal exports. He became chairman of ASWA in 1998 and Vice President in 2004. He has been President since 2008. He has also been a Vice President of the RSPCA since 2001.
Revd Professor Martin Henig
Vice President since 2010. Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. Founder Member of VERO (Voice for Ethical Research in Oxford) which opposes experimentation on animals. Ordained Deacon in 2010 and serves at the Benefice of North Hinksey and Wytham and also Oxford St Frideswide with Binsey.
Revd Dr Helen Hall
Works as a parish priest in Newport, South Wales. Also runs an ecumenical animal welfare prayer group which meets at Gloucester Cathedral. Helen is a solicitor by background and is a member of the Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare. She has a special interest in the emotional and cognitive capacity of animals and believes that society often underestimates animals in this regard and that this needs to be appropriately challenged.
Samantha has been Secretary since 1996. She has been involved in animal welfare for over twenty five years, supporting many organisations such as Compassion in World Farming, Animal Aid and the Born Free Foundation. Samantha says that working for ASWA gave her the opportunity of combining her Christian faith with her love of animals and concern for their welfare. She is married with three children and lives in Hampshire with a menagerie of animal friends including a small flock of rescued sheep. Sam has appeared on Channel 4 TV's 4Thought series and BBC regional radio and Radio 4.
Jenny has been Treasurer since 2006. Jenny works full-time supporting her husband in his specialist engineering consultancy.
She is married with two grown up children and worships at the same church as Secretary, Samantha, She shares her home with a husband and two dogs.
Revd Hugh Broadbent
Hugh has served as an ordained priest in the Church of England since 1979. In 2009 he became Rector of All Saints with Christ Church, Snodland. He is married to Jane, a palliative care physician, and has two grown-up children.
His interest in animal welfare and his concern for the enormous problems of cruelty and abuse that we face in this modern world arose whilst he was a curate in Chatham. He became aware of these issues through an encounter with an ASWA member living in the parish. He joined ASWA and a year or so later was invited to join the central committee.
In addition to theological contribution to the Committee, Hugh has written all the orders of service for our annual services over a number of years as well as a number of discussion booklets. In particular, he was directly responsible for the preparation of our Animal Welfare Sunday Order of Service publication and the comprehensive ‘Animal Welfare Patterns of Worship'.
Revd George Ochola
Born and ordained in Kenya and worked in Church Ministry in the Diocese of Maseno South [ACK] for ten years. Moved to England where he works as Team Chaplain of West Hertfordshire hospitals, NHS Trust as well as his role as a priest to the Benefice of St Michael and All Angels Parish within the Diocese of St Albans.
George is married with six children ranging from 11 to adult.
Rita has been involved with animal welfare for most of her life. She is also a trained school speaker for Animal Aid. Rita is involved in the ASWA presence at the Animal Aid 'Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre' each year.
Rita shares her home with some feline friends.
Sarah Dunning is a retired primary school teacher, married to a retired teacher, with an adult son and daughter. For several years she has attended St Michael and All Angels’ Church in Watford, where she organises annual animal blessing services, is a member of the choir and sometimes helps with the Sunday School.
Sarah co-ordinates the regional ASWA groups and runs ASWA Watford from her own home. She has helped with organising and promoting the ASWA Remembrance Sunday Service at the Animals in War Memorial in London. She also helps regularly with the ASWA stall at the Animal Aid Christmas Fayre in Kensington. Sarah is also ASWA representative as a director of the Animals Interfaith Alliance.
Janet has been a member of ASWA for 15 years and has served on the committee since 2008. During that time she has created a fundraise pack and has actively promoted ASWA within the church environment. Janet is a member of many animal welfare charities and shares her home with two cats. She also supports the British Hen Welfare Trust. Janet is also a Garden Historian Tutor.
Philip is a barrister specialising in local government, planning and ecclesiastical law. He is Chancellor of the Diocese of Southwark and a member of the congregation at St Mary's, Woodford, Essex. His legal skills are of great value to the ASWA committee.
Keith’s lifelong passion for animal welfare started as a child in Singapore. He joined ASWA some twenty years ago and since retiring has been able to devote more time to God’s animal kingdom. He is also a trustee and actively involved with three other Christian organisations and lives happily near Bristol with his wife, daughter, three cats and dog.
Keith joined CIWF in 1968 and became aware of ASWA through them in 2001. He was appointed Membership Secretary in 2002 and carries out the important task of keeping track of the membership.
Editor of Animalwatch
Revd. Jennifer Brown
Originally from the USA, Jennifer moved to the UK in 1999 and joined ASWA in 2001. Animals have been part of the family all of her life. Consequently, she has always been interested in animal welfare and for many years has supported charities relating to the welfare of domestic animals and wildlife. Jennifer was ordained in the Church of England in 2005, and is currently on the teaching staff of Ripon College Cuddesdon, work that she combines with the role of Science Missioner in the Churn Benefice in South Oxfordshire. She sees care for our fellow creatures as very much a part of the Christian calling. She is an associate fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. With degrees in Psychology and Psychology of Religion, Jennifer has an interest in how attitudes are shaped and how what is communicated in worship relates to the choices and actions of Christians in the world. Her research in this area was published in 2013 in Anaphora, the journal of the Society for Liturgical Study. Jennifer lives in Oxfordshire with her husband, dog and cat.