Barry Smith is the Chairman of Haine & Smith Opticians, a Wiltshire based chain with 19 practices, and of a small property company.

Barry is married to Liz, with two sons, Giles (28) and Felix (18). Rupert died in an accident aged 18.

Barry is a past Chairman of the Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians; and currently council member of the Federation and Advisor to the General Optical Council.

He is a member of the Lambeth Partnership, and Chairman of Trustees at the Harnhill Centre of Christian Healing. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Trustees at the Acorn Christian Healing Foundation; as Church Life Co-ordinator of All Saints’ Church Burbage, and as a Trustee of ReSource.

Barry is a long-standing member of Marlborough Rotary Club. He still attempts to play tennis and squash, (slowly) and still supports Swindon football club (someone has to..).

He spends as much time as possible at his house in Scotland, where he enjoys walking, and he supports St Johnstone football club (again, someone has to!).

 

 

The Revd Amanda Barraclough is Vicar of St. Mary's Woodkirk, a large suburban parish 5 miles south of Leeds. She is married to Derek, with three grown up children. 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.

I was born in 1950 and was educated at Oakham School in Rutland from 1963 to 1967.
I became a Christian in March 1966 through attending boys’ holidays run under the auspices of what was then the Africa Evangelical Fellowship (formerly South Africa General Mission and now part of SIM).

I trained as a Chartered Accountant, qualifying with Price Waterhouse in 1973. After 25 years in business I joined the Diocese of Leicester in 1998 as Financial Secretary and in 2002 also took on the same role with the Diocese of Coventry. I retired in Autumn 2008 and then worked for a couple of years part-time as a self-employed Financial Management Consultant before retiring ‘full-time’ in 2010.

I have served twice as President of the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Society of Chartered Accountants.

 

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.