Meet the Team

Chief Executive: 

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Chris Fegan,

Email: chrisfegancca@gmail.com

Tel: 07817 730472

 

 

Editor of The Ark

Publications and Finance Manger

Portrait BG 1Barbara Gardner,

Email: BarbaraAtTheArk@gmail.com

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COMMITTEE:

Chair: Clara Mancini

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Dr Clara Mancini is a Senior Lecturer in Interaction Design at The Open University’s School of Computing and Communications. She is the founding leader of The Open University’s Animal–Computer Interaction (ACI) Laboratory and research programme, whose mission is advancing the art and science of designing animal-centred technology for a participatory multispecies society in which animals have a voice that matters. Clara is interested in the design, methodological and ethical challenges, and innovation opportunities, presented by this emerging field of research, as well as its potential to contribute to animal and human wellbeing, social inclusion, interspecies cooperation and environmental restoration, and she has published extensively on these topics. Prior to being elected chair in 2018, Clara had been a member and trustee of CCA since 2010.

Treasurer: Sheila Thomas

Sheila ThomasSheila Thomas BA FCLIP MBCS is an information professional who worked in engineering and joining technology for over 40 years. Now retired, she has a couple of freelance part-time jobs based on her experience in industry. She is a life member of Catholic Concern for Animals and now a Trustee. She is also membership secretary of the Animal Interfaith Alliance. Her animal interests range from native wildlife to her two pet cats.

 

Vice Chair: Dr Deborah Jones

Deborah Jones

Dr Deborah Jones is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. She holds a doctorate in animal theology and has worked as editor of The Ark, the Catholic Herald and as deputy editor of Priest and People. She is a writer, a lecturer and has been a diocesan adviser for adult religious education. She is the author of The School of Compassion (Gracewing 2009).

Membership Secretary: Sarah Dunning,

Sarah Dunning 43 St John’s Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 1QB. 

Email: sariae1@googlemail.com

 

 

 

Retreats Secretary:  Irene Casey, 32 Pinders Farm Drive, Warrington, WA1 2GF.

Trustees:

Judy Gibbons

Ann Moody

Wanda Oberman

Chairman Emeritus:  Dr Edward P. Echlin

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Dr Edward P. Echlin, is honorary research fellow at Leeds Trinity University College, and author of The Cosmic Circle, Jesus and the Earth (Columba, 2004) and Climate and Christ, A Prophetic Alternative (Columba, 2010). 

 

 

 

ADVISERS

Theological Adviser – Dr Deborah Jones

Deborah Jones

Dr Deborah Jones is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. She holds a doctorate in animal theology and has worked as editor of The Ark, the Catholic Herald and as deputy editor of Priest and People. She is a writer, a lecturer and has been a diocesan adviser for adult religious education. She is the author of The School of Compassion (Gracewing 2009).

Scientific Adviser – Dr Richard D. Ryder

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Dr Richard D. Ryder read psychology at Cambridge University where he studied animal behaviour and obtained his Ph.D. He worked for many years as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in Oxford, and was Mellon Professor at Tulane University. He became a key figure in the animal rights revival of the 1970s, coining the word ‘speciesism’ and playing a leading role in its rise to international and political recognition and was a director of the Political Animal Lobby (PAL). He is a past Chairman of the RSPCA Council and an ethicist. His books include Victims of Science (Davis-Poynter 1975), Animal Revolution (Blackwell 1989), The Political Animal (McFarland 1998) and Speciesism, Painism and Happiness (Imprint Academic 2011).

 

 

 

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