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Barry Smith is Chairman of Haine & Smith Opticians, a Wiltshire based company with 20 practices, and of a small property company.

Barry is married to Liz, with two sons, Giles (40) and Felix (30). Rupert died in an accident aged 18. 

Barry is past Chairman of the Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians, and past Advisor to the General optical Council.

He is a member of the Lambeth Partnership; a Trustee of the Harnhill Centre of Christian Healing, and Lay Chair of the Savernake Team Council in the Salisbury Diocese. Barry is an Adviser to the Aldhelm Mission Fund, and holder of The Aldhelm Cross. The Aldhelm Cross is awarded to lay people who have made a significant contribution to the Salisbury Diocese.

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The Revd Amanda Barraclough is Rector of St. Mary's Church Sprotbrough, on the outskirts of Doncaster. She is also Dean of Women's Ministry in the Diocese of Sheffield. She is married to Derek, has three grown up children and two grandchildren.

Amanda wrote the following reflection for our magazine: 

'Thinking outside the box’. It’s a phrase which, being in vogue, is bandied about a lot these days. I can’t recall having heard it a decade ago – though I’m sure some ‘Balderdash and Piffle’ buff out there will be able to enlighten me as to its origins.(Answers on a postcard….)

What exactly is the ‘box’ I’m meant to be thinking outside of? Sometimes for me, the box is the church. Though I have been taught to value this beautiful box, with its heritage and liturgy, it is still a box. Looking around my home, boxes tend to be used to contain things, to keep things tidy, or to protect fragile things. Too often, it seems to me, the church can be used as a box with those functions.

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Canon Felicity Lawson retired in July 2017 after 16 years as Vicar of St Peter’s Gildersome (and latterly also Priest in Charge of St Paul’s Drighlington) now in the Diocese of Leeds but formerly the Diocese of Wakefield. She was Parish Worker at St Margaret’s Aspley in the 1970s where she and John Finney developed what is now the Saints Alive! Course before moving to St John’s College Nottingham to teach Pastoral Studies. From there she moved in 1987 to the Diocese of Wakefield as Director of Ministerial Training, later becoming Dean of Ministry and Director of Ordinands. It was there in the 1990s that she was involved in the team who produced Emmaus: The Way of Faith. 

Felicity became a Trustee of ARM in 1988 and Chair in 2001. As such she oversaw the birth of ReSource in 2004 and remained Chair of Trustees until 2012. She has rejoined the Trustees in 2018 to offer support during this exciting time of re-envisioning and transition.

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Hilary joined the ReSource trustees in 2013. Hilary worships at St John’s in Corby, Northamptonshire, where she and Paul have lived and ministered for the last 40 years. Hilary is a Lay Reader in the Church of England, and is an evangelist and pastor by gifting. She has worked as a staff nurse, a JP and more recently as Chair of a NHS Hospital Trust.

Hilary writes: 

“Until I was 19 I only knew about Jesus in my head. I attended Sunday school, sang in the church choir and reluctantly attended RE lessons at school in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. Then, when I was invited to the Nurses Christian Fellowship in London, I prayed to ask Jesus into my life and as well as knowing Jesus in my head, he now lived in my heart and the rest, as they, say is history.