Environmentalist and theologian, social activist and author.
I live in Chichester with my husband, fairtrade jeweler Greg Valerio, and two teenage daughters. We live on a social housing estate and a lot of my adult life has been spent investing into that community, chairing the Community Association and being part of a group of residents who together have transformed the area into a lovely place in which to live.
My Christian faith and spirituality are central to my life, and from this bedrock comes a deep desire to work for social justice, equality and ecological flourishing.
I am Global Advocacy and Influencing Director for Tearfund and carry a vision to inspire and equip Christians to a whole-life response to poverty, helping build a movement that brings about lasting change on the issues that impact the poorest and most vulnerable.
I have a particular interest in environmental issues and long to see the culture of the Church change so that caring for God’s earth becomes an integral part of church life, rather than an optional extra. To that end, before Tearfund, I was Churches and Theology Director for A Rocha UK, a Christian charity that works for the protection and restoration of the natural world, and I spearheaded Eco Church, which helps churches do just that.
Academically, I have a theology degree from Cambridge and an MA from the London School of Theology. My doctoral studies were undertaken at Kings College London, and they gave me the opportunity to look at simplicity and consumerism and particularly at the relationship between Thomas Aquinas’ virtues of temperance and justice.
I have written extensively on justice, environment and lifestyle issues, as well as writing Bible study guides for Scripture Union and CWR. See the Publications pages for more information.
I do my best to practice what I preach, and over the years we have had a lot of fun as a family experimenting with ways of living as lightly as possible: producing our own meat through a pig cooperative; growing our own veg and supporting a local organic veg grower; installing solar panels; thinking through how we holiday, and reducing our car usage and driving an electric car, to name just some of the things we have done. The Green Living pages come out of what we have learnt.