Learning Opportunities

As we journey together in Christ we find that we meet challenges and opportunities along the way. Our journey can take us in a number of different directions, sometimes we can feel fully equipped for all that lies ahead and at other times we can sense a need for equipping.

Training & Development is an essential part of equipping the whole people of God in their journeys together.

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Learning Network Eastern Region

 Meet The Team



Howlett Foster A

Ann Howlett-Foster is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern region, aligned to the Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire District. She loves to engage in creative and appreciative conversations with both 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 / metal stuff. Ann's main areas of works are Positive Working Together, Mission Planning, Intergenerational work and Safeguarding Training.

Contact Ann     07799 900481


Gillian Thomas 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 theology in popular culture. Married to Rob and mum of Max, she lives in Lincolnshire where she is also a Reader in the Lincoln Diocese.  Gill's main areas of work are children, youth, families and intergenerational work; the Reconciliation and Mediation Pilot project and leading on pastoral work and pastoral visitor training.

Contact Gillian            07799 902581 

 Thomas G


 Banks J

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


Michael Wadsworth is a Learning & Development Officer for the Eastern Region. He has a background in young adults ministry and training development. He carries a deep passion for teaching, biblical studies and theological reflection and particularly loves to help communities read the Bible with greater confidence and expectancy.  In his spare time he also tutors for King's School of Theology. He lives in Derby where he worships as part of a small, experimental church plant. Michael's main areas of work are helping to coordinate Bible Month on behalf of the Learning Network as well as supporting the work of Local Preachers and Worship Leaders.

Contact Michael    07791 036801  

 Wadsworth M


 Pimlott N

Nigel Pimlott 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, supporting new places for new people ministry, leadership development and church/circuit visioning.

Contact Nigel        07799 900468 


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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Methodist Schools

Methodist Schools



Since 1748, Methodist Schools have been providing high quality, rounded and caring education, open to children of all faiths and none. Methodist schools educate in total 22.000 pupils in 80 schools. Of these 9,000 are in 14 Methodist independent schools as boarding or day pupils.

Culford School


Bury St Edmunds

Suffolk IP28 6TX

Culford is an independent boarding and day school for over 670 children aged 3 to 18, set in 480 acres of beautiful Suffolk parkland, with an 18th century mansion at its centre and three separate schools: the Pre-Prep & Nursery (ages 2¾ to 7); the Prep (ages 7 to 13); and the Senior School (ages 13 to 18).

 St Faiths

Trumpington Road

Cambridge CB2 8AG

Independent Prep School for Girls and Boys aged 4-13

St Faith’s is one of the leading Independent Prep schools in the UK and the largest private Prep school in Cambridgeshire. St Faith’s is part of The Leys and St Faith’s Foundation.


 The Leys School




The Leys is one of England’s premier independent schools. Established in 1875, the School offers a blend of traditional values and a forward-looking approach to education. The Leys benefits from its setting on a leafy 50 acre campus right in the heart of the culturally iconic city of Cambridge.


The Vine

Upper Cambourne

Cambs CB23 6DY

The Vine Inter-Church Primary School serves the new and growing community of Cambourne. The Vine is a school with a Christian character but one in which all faiths are valued and all people encouraged.

The school’s ethos is to preserve and develop its religious character according to the principles of the Church of England and the Methodist Church and to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.




Contact Info

(Please contact Danielle Gravestock/The District Office only for matters that relate to the Methodist District. For Local Church or Circuit matters please contact the people on the individual Circuit and Church pages.)

01603 625765

Danielle Gravestock

The District Office
Chapel Field Road Methodist Church

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