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Meet the Good Work Management Team
The work of Good Work (Norfolk and Waveney Industrial Mission) is overseen by an experienced Management Board.
Audrey Sharp, Chair of Good Work
Audrey Sharp has been a Human Resources professional for her whole career, beginning in the retail sector, then in local government in Surrey and Norfolk, latterly as Head of HR in Norfolk County Council. She has served on the Board of Good Work for many years and became Chair in 2017 on the retirement of Barry Capon from the role. As well as being a volunteer for a number of church activities, she also served for several years on the board of trustees for Norwich Victim Support. Having seen the value of chaplaincy first hand in her own organisation, she is keen to see the expansion of chaplaincy through other organisations too.
Audrey says: "The benefit of Good Work is that we can be flexible and go where the need is, filling in the gaps where other national chaplaincies, such as the NHS or Prison Service can’t go. They do a great job within their parameters. But we can develop chaplaincy in places where there is no history of the service. Workplace chaplaincy is all about meeting people where they are, outside the walls of the parish or congregation. We are part of the church’s mission and the community we care for is the workplace."
Bishop Jonathan Meyrick
Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick is the Suffragan Bishop of Lynn with ‘informally devolved area responsibility for a large swathe of North and West Norfolk within the Diocese of Norwich. He also has diocesan-wide responsibility as the Bishop for Social, Environmental and Community Concerns, for Youth, Children and Families, for the Diocesan Partnership with Papua New Guinea, for the Imagine Work Steam in the Diocesan Strategy 2021 and for Chaplains working in hospitals, prisons and the workplace.
Prior to this position he worked as Canon Pastor of Rochester Cathedral and then as Dean of Exeter Cathedral, where he chaired the Diocesan Council for Mission and Unity.
Jonathan Dunning has been UNISON Norfolk County Branch Secretary for over 25 years. He is responsible for running one of the largest UNISON branches in the Eastern Region covering over 450 employers including four Norfolk local authorities, all Norfolk’s schools, most of the colleges and many private and voluntary sector employers that deliver public services within the County. He believes it is very important for workers to have access to support; whether it be from their trade union, services offered by their employer, externally or via a chaplaincy.
Jonathan says: "The “all faith and no faith” chaplaincy should not be overlooked these days as a quality, well trained chaplain can provide time and an insight that may not be available elsewhere. The role of Good Work is vital in bringing together all denominations to try to offer chaplaincies for employers who want to provide the very best range of support services to their staff. Being born and bred in Norfolk I am pleased to be able to support people who work in this county and to be part of Good Work in doing so."
Rev Chris Copsey
Chris has been a primary school teacher, Parish Councillor and Chairman of Governors for a large infant and nursery school. Before ordination as a Self Supporting Minister in 2007 she was a Reader for 9 years across 7 rural parishes. Her curacy at St Margaret’s in King's Lynn gave a wide variety to ministry and she continues as part of the ministry team at the Minster. Pastoral work is a very important part of ministry and through Good Work, Chris was appointed Chaplain to Norfolk County Council in 2007.
After 7 years at County Hall she moved to a new chaplaincy with the Matthew Project that continues alongside her other roles. In 2011 Chris was licensed by the Bishop of Norwich as Chaplain to the Norfolk Coroner, a unique chaplaincy in the UK.
As a Development Worker with Good Work she has worked with several organisations across the Diocese giving advice on appointing a chaplain and organises the annual chaplaincy conference. Chris is also Diocesan Coordinator for the Social, Community and Environmental Concerns Forum and the Ecumenical Criminal Justice Forum and a Board Member of Good Work. She was installed as an Honorary Canon of Norwich Cathedral in November 2017.
Chris with husband Graham is a passionate follower of rugby and they are season ticket holders with Leicester Tigers.
Barry James Capon is a retired solicitor and former Chief Executive of Norfolk County Council. He has lived in Norfolk since 1972 and is a member of the United Reformed Church. Barry is a Trustee of the We Care Trust and a Vice President of Norfolk Girl Guides.
Barry brings a wealth of experience on management boards, having previously been the Chair of Anglian Harbours NHS Trust, a former Non Executive Director of Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust and previous Commissioner of the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
He was the Chair of Good Work until retirement from the role in 2017.
Andrew is a Certified Accountant and was the Treasurer of Good Work for 40 years from 1975 when Norwich Industrial Mission, as it was then, was formed until 2015. In his youth Andrew was an active member in the Anglian church worshipping at St Clement and St George Colegate, assisting with the finances, and have now been a member of Princes Street URC for over 40 years. He is a member of the Finance and Property Group, and involved in the various church activities that always need someone to get something done. He has seen the growth and complexity of financial requirements and reporting over the years, and still attempt to keep up with all the rules and regulations!
Andrew says: "I believe the work of all workplace chaplains to be of vital importance. They perform a crucial role, often going unnoticed. We must endeavour to assist them in any way we can."
Gareth Phillips is a retired accountant, an Elder and member of Ipswich Road URC and previously involved with Church finances through the Eastern Synod Resources Committee. He is a Trustee of the East of England Co-op Retirement Benefit Scheme and a Member of Eaton Dementia Friends. Previously vice Chairman Governors City of Norwich School and a Samaritan listener and Deputy Director of the Norwich Branch.
Originally from Wales, he has been twice President of the Norwich Welsh Society. He is a National Trust volunteer, a member of Wensum ramblers and has owned his classic Rover car for over 40 years.
Gareth says: "I am committed to our key activity of taking help to those who need it, who are outside of church life."
Paula worked in the NHS for 43 years and held a senior post on the Board of a local trust before retirement. She was a Trustee of mental health charity MIND for eight years. She has also held roles in Guiding UK and the Norwich Netball League helping with the administration and governance of the organisations.
Paula says: "I believe I bring to the trustee role, experience, openness, and knowledge of Governance issues."