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OUR STAFF TEAM
- Rolf BillesLearn Development ManagerRolf BillesLearn Development Manager
During my 18 months in this role I have been asked to be responsible for developing and co-ordinating the learning and equipping work of the Iona Community with three distinctive groups: the short-term residents working at the Abbey and at Camas, those enrolled in the New Members Programme and our higher education partners in learning.
Having spent most of my working life in Church of Scotland parish ministry with congregations situated in city centre, housing estate, rural and suburban settings, I bring to my role a keen interest in how people learn and navigate through life. I am drawn to live on the threshold where life and spirituality meet and shake hands.
Born and raised in Romania and Germany and living in Scotland since 1992, I appreciate how each person’s background and personal story shapes who we are and how we express ourselves. I am married to Shirley, a teacher and educator, and together we are parents to four adult daughters.
What moves me is sharing life with other people, hearing their unique stories and take on life. And observing nature through the seasons.
What makes me laugh are the antics of my border collie Mia.
- Leanne ClellandCommunications ManagerLeanne ClellandCommunications Manager
I share this role with Wendy Lloyd. We are here to facilitate, support and join together the already brilliant and varied communications for and by the Iona Community.
Originally from Northern Ireland, I trained as a translator before moving to the charity sector in Scotland in 2005. I have almost twenty years' experience in communications for faith organisations large and small. I love shaping words and creating opportunities for people to think differently about how spirituality and life intersect.
- Lauren GibsonFinance ApprenticeLauren GibsonFinance Apprentice
I will be concentrating on finance admin while completing a Diploma in Digital Application Support, SCQF Level 6.
I am 18 years old and originally from Staffordshire, England😊. I moved up to Glasgow roughly 5 years ago now and I’m really enjoying it. I went to Chryston High School and that is where I was really focused on wanting to work with Finance and Admin as it was what I really enjoyed while in school.
I love traveling and it’s definitely something that I want to do a lot more in the future but I also love socialising with my friends and family, going out for food and shopping. But you can never beat a night in watching horror films and eating rubbish!
- Torsten HaakExecutive DirectorTorsten HaakExecutive Director
I work collaboratively with the Leader in developing the strategic vision and direction of the Community’s work. My main task is to develop the business potential of the Community and provide strategic planning for its commercial activities; to assist the Council of the Community in fulfilling its governance duties; to lead, manage and support staff; and to deliver measurable outcomes. I have particular responsibility for the Iona Community's Resources: properties & estate, finances, operations and trading.
I am an architecture, planning & conservation graduate originally from Germany, who has worked in Scotland’s charitable grant aiding sector in managerial roles in the historic built environment for more than twenty-five years. I have worked in Germany, Japan, Edinburgh and Arbroath and for the last 15 years was Director of the Glasgow City Heritage Trust.
I have a keen interest in environmental protection and in encouraging people to take pride in their local place and heritage, which I see as a vital requirement for taking interest in and looking after our environment. As a former journeyman cabinetmaker and teacher I have a very strong interest in the up-skilling of young people and the capacity building of local communities.
I have volunteered as a Trustee for diverse organisations such as the Built Environment Forum Scotland (an umbrella organisation), Cultura Trust (cultural heritage access for all), the International Committee on Historic Cities, Towns and Villages (planning and management of historic settlements), COTAC (architectural conservation training), ICOMOS (World Heritage protection), Salix Dementia Trust (support for people with dementia and their carers) and Tayside and Strathclyde Building Preservation Trusts.
What moves me
I am moved by Scotland’s beautiful nature; walking my dog in a forest on a sunny autumn day, gazing over a stormy sea and quiet star-filled winter nights.
- Ruth HarveyLeaderRuth HarveyLeader
I support the voluntary membership movement of the Iona Community, acting as its public representative, offering theological direction and pastoral support. I also offer programme delivery and worship leadership, and support the strategic development of the charity.
Born and brought up in Scotland, with stints in Glasgow, Iona, Stirling, South India, Aberdeen, Germany, Amsterdam and Edinburgh, I now live in Cumbria with views of the northern fells and Ullswater (I enjoy swimming there as much as I can!).
I volunteer with Place for Hope as a Practitioner/ Mediator, having spent time training and working as a mediator in faith-based conflict. I've also edited a magazine, led the 'Living Spirituality Network', worked with global student Christian movements and been a Congregational Facilitator.
I am a Church of Scotland minister and a Quaker, and enjoy paddling a canoe with Nick and our family.
What makes me laugh out loud is political satire. What moves me at my deepest level is sitting outside round an open fire with good friends and fine nourishment, listening and talking and laughing together.
- Iona KimmittWild Goose Publications AdministratorIona KimmittWild Goose Publications Administrator
Come to me for any enquiries about Iona Books orders placed through our website (ionabooks.com), using Wild Goose Publications material for worship, or as the first port of call on anything else relating to the sales and publications of books, e-books, e-lits and more!
Named for a wonderful island and Community, I was born and raised in Stirling and now live in a refurbished maltings in central Fife (with a few stops in Glasgow, Dundee, and St Andrews along the way). I enjoy video games, learning Chichewa, and talking deeply with others (on- and off-line). I care deeply about peace, faith, the LGBTQ+ community and anti-racism and disability movements, and enjoy being able to share with others in working for a better present and future. I can sometimes be found wild swimming in the sea, or nearby trying to warm up afterwards!
What makes me laugh out loud is a good chat with friends or family. What moves me at my deepest level is thinking and learning about the personal experiences of a wide range of people, the hardships they've gone through, and what keeps them going.
- Sandra KramerWild Goose Publications Publishing ManagerSandra KramerWild Goose Publications Publishing Manager
I have worked with Wild Goose Publications since 1998, for most of that time as Publishing Manager.
BiographyIn my previous life I lived/worked at Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Eskdalemuir, at the Salisbury Centre in Edinburgh and at the Findhorn Community.
I love being out in the natural world.
- Wendy LloydCommunications ManagerWendy LloydCommunications Manager
I share this role with Leanne Clelland. We are here to facilitate, support and join together the already brilliant and varied communications for and by the Iona Community.
I am an Associate Member of the Iona Community and am grateful for the Community's influence on my life over the years.
I stayed at the Abbey for a week, as a guest, in 2008. I ended up moving to Scotland, from Northern Ireland, to work for Christian Aid Scotland as a result of that visit (Christian Aid were leading the programme at the Abbey that week). I met my husband, Jon, down the track at Camas in 2015 and have since moved to live on the Ross of Mull. I have the best of both worlds, I get to be part of the mainland team and live close enough to connect regularly with our wonderful island centres.
Before working for the Iona Community I worked in several roles at Christian Aid, including coordinating the creation of worship and theology resources for key moments in the year. I also continue to work two days a week for the Guild of Health and St. Raphael as their resource development partner.
I laugh out loud at the antics of my dog Wallace, he's a joyful and playful companion. In a few minutes he'll come and nudge my hands from typing on this keyboard since it is almost time for his supper. I am moved deeply by the wild and rugged beauty of the land and seascape that surround me. I am grateful to be here.
- Jo LoveResource Worker, Wild Goose Resource GroupJo LoveResource Worker, Wild Goose Resource Group
Wild Goose Resource Group is where I do my dream job. In this multi-faceted role, you might find me training lay worship leaders, facilitating playful Biblical exploration, encouraging deep conversation about prayer, preparing group-led participative liturgy… and lots more!
As a Resource Worker, I aim to be outward-focussed, partnership-forming, possibility-enabling and creativity-heightening! And I like inventing words. Some work is of our initiative and hosting; much is in response to invitations. I’ve recently worked with kindred spirits in Church of Scotland, Glasgow University, Soulmarks, Spill the Beans, URC Wales, World Day of Prayer.
Few things thrill me more than the feedback that the work of WGRG has led to a broader, deeper sense of what communal worship can be and a more colourful palette of elements brought to its shaping. In this work I passionately uphold the gameness of ordinary people, the wisdom in the room and the yeast of curiosity.
- Fiona MacdougallMembership AdministratorFiona MacdougallMembership Administrator
I am here to manage all of the Membership admin needs: happily updating emails and ensuring that your details are correct and that you have appropriate access to information. Come to me with all your membership needs.
I’m from Glasgow but have travelled around Scotland before coming back to Glasgow and settling in Castlemilk with my partner.
I am crafter and on my days off, you will find me on my laptop creating new designs, or at my craft table, creating new styles of cards. I also cross stitch and sew but can’t knit to save myself, no matter how many people try to teach me.
I love a pub quiz. My specialist subject is Music and my claim to fame is that I was on Radio 2’s Popmaster. I got beat by one question but I proudly own a “One Year Out” t-shirt.
I am very active with my church and am a Registered Worship Leader for the Presbytery of Glasgow. I volunteer with the church a lot and am an elder in my local church in Castlemilk.
What makes me laugh: My friends and family, usually at our pub quiz on a Monday.
What moves me at my deepest level: is the beauty of the world, whether that is sitting next to the sea or watching squirrels out of my window.
- Robin McLeanFinance and Compliance ManagerRobin McLeanFinance and Compliance Manager
I am responsible for ensuring that we meet all our regulatory obligations with regard to governance of the charity and for ensuring that we are managing our money and are able to fund our valuable initiatives. Come to me for queries on budgets, health and safety, safeguarding and anything else related to our business operations
I come from Bothwell in Lanarkshire and join the Iona Community after a 30 year career in banking and then the energy industry. Most recently, I was part of Scottish Power’s Government Obligations team working to help Fuel Poor and Vulnerable customers heat their homes by installing Insulation and replacing old inefficient boilers.
I am active as a leader in the Boys’ Brigade and as an Elder at Cadzow Parish Church in Hamilton. I have recently been accepted as a Reader in Training with the Church of Scotland.
I have a long-standing connection to Iona, having holidayed there every July for about 20 years, learning to play golf on the machair. I am married to Karen and we have four sons.
what makes me laugh out loud is Terry Pratchett Books, what moves me at my deepest level is seeing young people achieve their goals
- Suzanne MillerAdministratorSuzanne MillerAdministrator
Come to me for any type of administration queries. As part of the Admin Team I deal with the wide variety of weird and wonderful requests received across most areas of the Community. Which means I know things about a lot of different parts of the Iona Community. Luckily for me I really enjoy the variety of my job.
I joined the Iona Community staff team after having spent 3 years as a Student and Staff Administrator at a busy college and 17 years working in the Insurance industry, with my final few years there as an Internal Auditor. I am a fair weather gardener and love nothing more than getting lost amongst my pots and planters every summer. I enjoy spending time with my family and catching up with friends over a glass or two.
- Frances PatersonFinance OfficerFrances PatersonFinance Officer
I manage the day to day finances for the Iona Community and maintain accurate accounting records for all our transactions.
Come to me if you are wondering where your payment is!
I like to be creative, I love watercolour painting and calligraphy. I don’t take it too seriously as it’s just a hobby but it’s certainly a great way to relax and I can often be found scrolling Instagram or TikTok for inspiration!
During lockdown, I would bombard my Mum with my so-called ‘inspo’ notes and cards much to her dismay!
And to finish with….
What makes me laugh out loud is my Mums senior moments which we call ‘Molly-isms’.
What moves me at my deepest level is my family, they all mean the world to me!
- Neil PaynterProject Editor (Wild Goose, Coracle)Neil PaynterProject Editor (Wild Goose, Coracle)
Neil is an editor with Wild Goose Publications. He is also the editor the Iona Community's regular magazine, the Coracle.
In the past Neil worked in homeless shelters and as a cleaner.
Stand-up comedy makes him laugh. Music motivates him.
- Jane RileyWild Goose PublicationsJane RileyWild Goose Publications
I have been long-distance freelancing for Wild Goose Publications for the last 20 years.
Having spent most of my life working with words and pictures you could say I was a Jill of all trades and mistress of one or two. I love photoshop and figuring out how paper folds.
These days, I’m happily trying to create a bigger social media presence for our books and our authors. I fight hard and often for social justice issues and disability rights.
Glaswegians, Scousers, and New Yorkers make me laugh harder than anyone else.
- Karen TurnerSupport Services AdministratorKaren TurnerSupport Services Administrator
Come to me for all things adminy, processy and many random questions. Think of me as Sherlock Holmes “My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people do not know.”
I’ve had a varied admin based career including being a travel agent, and working for the YMCA. I worked in the old Front Office on Iona in the mid 2000s and when moving back home was offered a chance to do maternity cover part time in the Glasgow Office and am still here.
I have been a Full Member of Community, but am currently an Associate Member. When not at work, I enjoy singing and finding reasons not to do housework or gardening.
What moves me at my deepest level is a clear crispy dark starry sky ideally seen from a beach, wrapped in many layers of clothes and cuddling a hot chocolate.
- Gail UllrichWild Goose Resource Group AdministratorGail UllrichWild Goose Resource Group Administrator
Come to me initially for all matters relating to the Wild Goose Resource Group!
Includes enquiries about events, resources, permissions/copyright for material by John L. Bell and Graham Maule.
- Caitlin WakefieldMembership ManagerCaitlin WakefieldMembership Manager
I’m responsible for ensuring that Members, Associate Members, Young Adults, Friends and Supporters are engaged in the life of the Community. This involves working with members' data and programme work. Come to me for questions about your Membership, ideas for how to get involved, and membership strategy.
I joined the Iona Community staff team after working for the Student Christian Movement where I was also previously a trustee. I’m passionate about membership development and how I can best serve the Members and Associate Members of the Iona Community. I also love the Community’s focus on radical hospitality and try to incorporate this in to my own life. I like knitting, reading and learning about social history.
What moves me at my deepest level is being able to share and be vulnerable with friends, and building my chosen family.
- Doug BirleyCamas Activity WorkerDoug BirleyCamas Activity Worker
I am the Activity Worker at Camas Centre. I am responsible for care and maintenance of the equipment we use every week with the groups who join us and most importantly making them feel safe and welcome during their stay at Camas (that's the groups, not the equipment…).
Since growing up having experienced quality youth work at Camas, the Iona Community and through other clubs I was part of as a child and teenager I have wanted to be a youth worker myself. That journey started when I was 19 and I volunteered at Camas Centre for 5 months. I grew further as a youth worker in the following years after dropping out of University to pursue my desire and I found myself working for Crossroads Youth and Community Association in the Gorbals where I spent 2 years as a support worker to the young people who would come in through the door for our drop in sessions. I am now back at Camas as the Activity Worker and looking forward to the year ahead.
What makes me laugh out loud is the many many ridiculous situations and memories I have found myself to be part of since becoming a youth worker.
- Iguacel CuiralCamas Environment WorkerIguacel CuiralCamas Environment Worker
I am the Environment Worker in Camas, working as part of the team to welcome guests and help run the centre. My role focuses on nature and creativity related activities and making sure there's always enough food and art supplies!
I am from Spain, where I studied a couple of years in Art School and afterwards, Film and TV. In Scotland, I worked in a few films and TV series for four years and during the first lockdown I decided I wanted to find something more suitable to the type of life I would like to have, one where there's enough time in the day for creativity and working with my hands, but in which I still get to be outdoors enjoying nature. I volunteered at Camas in 2021 and now I am looking forward to getting stuck in another season!
What makes me laugh out out loud is Terry Pratchett. What moves me at my deepest level is music! But which type it depends on my mood.
- Andy EvansIona Maintenance CoordinatorAndy EvansIona Maintenance Coordinator
- Euan FultonAbbey MusicianEuan FultonAbbey Musician
I provide the music for services and organise singing sessions. I work alongside a volunteer musician’s assistant, and also with the other staff, volunteers and guests who contribute to the music.
Before becoming the musician at Iona Abbey, I was the musician’s assistant in 2015. I was the organist/director of music in a Church of Scotland church (2009 – 2017), then in an Episcopal church (2017 – 2021). Other musical experience includes a PhD in music from the University of Glasgow (specialising in classical composition), and playing in jazz, rock and folk bands. This diverse musical background is useful given the wide range of musicians with whom it is my privilege to work in my present position.
- Anja JardineAbbey CookAnja JardineAbbey Cook
I am the Abbey Cook, and have been in this role for over 16 years now. Being in the Abbey Kitchen with a great mix of people, all chatting away happily, while bread is baking in the ovens, soup cooking on the stove and dinner vegetables are chopped at the big table is one of my favourite things!
I am originally from Eastern Germany, having visited Iona the first time just after the wall had fallen, in 1990. Of course, I fell in love with the place and its people, and returned many times as a back packer before volunteering at the Iona Community’s Coffee House in 1999.
I never really left after this - changing my career from banking to cooking, getting married, having a lovely daughter, joining my husband in building up his boat hire business (that business degree wasn’t in vain after all), establishing a garden behind our house in the village, joining the Village Hall Committee, discovering my love for weaving and continuing to take lots and lots of photographs.
I love to be out and about, you will see me hiking or running, or as of last year, wild swimming.
What moves me at the deepest level is the joy of having family and/or friends all around a large table, enjoying food, drink and conversation.
- Davie JohnstoneCamas Mental Health and Wellbeing WorkerDavie JohnstoneCamas Mental Health and Wellbeing Worker
Like all the residents at Camas I welcome groups, do lots of dishes, help out with activities, cooking, and the general running of the centre. I'm particularly involved in supporting the team and guests in their mental health and wellbeing. Everything from structural support and big chats through to just having fun together.
I've studied psychology, worked with youth and community groups, and have spent most of my career working with adults recovering from long-term mental health problems. I love getting chances to kayak, climb, bake, cycle and play board games.
What makes me laugh
I've got lots of friends and family who make me laugh and particularly appreciate puns, daft humour, and good banter. I find myself particularly moved by people looking after each other.
- Sarah MacdonaldIona Community Assistant Shop ManagerSarah MacdonaldIona Community Assistant Shop Manager
- Tracey McIntyreAbbey HousekeeperTracey McIntyreAbbey Housekeeper
My name is Tracey McIntyre, I am the Abbey Housekeeper, resident on the beautiful Isle of Iona. My greatest blessings are my family, two sons and five grandchildren. Before volunteering in Iona in the summer of 2021, I worked in a range of professional fields; a long career in teaching, four years in palliative care nursing and more recently six years teaching yoga and meditation in prisons. My passions are communing with nature, being outside, swimming in the sea, enjoying conversations with everyone I meet and expressing myself creatively and freely. Social Justice, World Peace and Equality are important to me, I attempt to contribute to them in every aspect of my life. For my future I am grateful to be able to live gently, if I had a motto it would be, ‘live lightly and love deeply.
- Chris MannallAdministrator, Iona Abbey CentreChris MannallAdministrator, Iona Abbey Centre
My role, working with an assistant, is to support the Warden and the Operations Manager in all areas of administration, secretarial and logistics support, ensuring effective communications between all departments on Iona and liaising with admin and finance colleagues in Glasgow.
I'm a Chartered Civil Engineer with a career in technical and project management in the water industry at home and abroad. This included spells in Japan and South Africa. Having decided to finish that career last year I came to Iona as a volunteer for a couple of two-month stints as Sacristan and then in Housekeeping which has given me a good understanding of our community life at the Abbey. With my wife Helen who will be working in the Shop I've moved from Ilkley (yes - Baht'at!) to Iona to help provide a warm welcome to our guests. I enjoy making music and have a passion for the plight of the Palestine people.
What moves me
I'm moved when people come to Iona as strangers and leave as friends and the depth of some of those friendships.
- Lyn MeierIona Community Shop ManagerLyn MeierIona Community Shop Manager
Hello everyone out there. I am currently managing the Iona Community's Shop on Iona, with the help of our wonderful Assistant Shop Manager, Sarah, and a team of great volunteers. Come and visit me in the shop and say hello.
I first came to Iona from across the equator to work as a volunteer in the Shop in 2018 for 3 weeks, returned in 2019 for 3 months, and ended up here in 2020 for 3 years (and no, I don't think I have 3 decades left in me for Iona!).
I usually live in the warmer climes of sunny Australia, but do have a bit of Scottish heritage (my mother was a Robertson), which may account for my love of the colder weather here, and the addiction to cold sea swimming with Ionan friends.
I also love walking, reading and hanging out with people, and have enjoyed my 2 years on Iona as Shop Manager, getting to know the local residents as well as many Iona Community members and co-workers.
What makes me laugh out loud is people with slightly bizarre and quirky senses of humour. What moves me at my deepest level is kindness.
- Cat MuckartCamas Activity Worker.Cat MuckartCamas Activity Worker.
I am one of three Activity Workers at Camas but like all the resident staff do a bit of everything. I'm especially keen on the water activities and camping, and I love sharing my enthusiasm for these with our guests. One of the best things about my job is being a part of someone's first experience in a kayak or camping out overnight.
I've studied Sociology up to Masters level and volunteered in various youth-work settings for the last 10 years. Before coming back to Camas I worked as an Autism Practitioner and most of my previous jobs have been in the care sector both with adults and children.
What makes me laugh
Everyone I live with. I'm also fond of a good pun.
- Bénédicte ScholefieldAbbey Operations ManagerBénédicte ScholefieldAbbey Operations Manager
I oversee the logistics of Iona 'behind the scene' operations, including Catering, Housekeeping, Maintenance, IT, Admin and Finances. Come to me if something on Iona does not work or is causing a problem.
Before moving to Iona in September 2019, I was for 2.5 years the Iona Community’s Business Director in Glasgow. Prior to this I was for 12 years Chief Executive of the Ammerdown Centre in rural Somerset: an ecumenical residential retreat and conference centre dedicated to interfaith dialogue, peace and reconciliation.
I gained there extensive experience and skills now proving invaluable to my work on Iona! My job here is a permanent position. I live with my husband Mark in Roseneath Cottage (opposite the Post Office), which we rent from the Iona Community. We both absolutely love living on Iona!
What moves me at my deepest levels are the remarkable personal stories that people are willing to share when they feel safe and accepted for who they are.
- Patrick SmallAbbey Programme WorkerPatrick SmallAbbey Programme Worker
Patrick inspires and organises the programming for guests coming to stay with us on the island of Iona.
He loves great music and literature, and enjoys going for cycles around the island.
- Rachel WardleCamas Resident TeamRachel WardleCamas Resident Team
Camas resident - my primary role is to look after Rowan and Douglas but we try and get involved in life at Camas as much as we can. This year we're even going to try and grow some stuff in the garden. Come to me for an extra hand with pretty much anything if you don't mind the chaos of small boys in tow!
I first came to Iona as a kitchen volunteer in the Mac in 2008 followed by 2 summers over the sound on the big island at Camas where I met Tom. We haven't ever stayed away long, bringing many people, young and not so young to enjoy some time down the track. I've tried my hand at many things from working in sustainability, youth work, primary school teaching, teaching music and swimming. I'm happiest when working with others and helping people to challenge themselves, especially if this happens outdoors, in (cold) water, with food or with music.
What moves me at my deepest level is connection, seeing people connect with each other and connect with the big old marvellous world we find ourselves in.
- Tom WardleCamas CoordinatorTom WardleCamas Coordinator
I'm responsible for the overall running of Camas throughout the year. This includes supporting the staff and guests, taking bookings and queries, but also fixing boats, chopping firewood and anything else Camas related!
Rachel and I moved to Camas in February 2020 with our two young children Rowan and Douglas. We met at Camas in 2009 when I visited as a group leader while Rachel was volunteering, and we've been closely attached ever since. Before becoming the Camas Coordinator I was a Youth and Community Project Manager with Cre8 Macclesfield, running a community music studio and bike workshop for disadvantaged young people. I'm passionate about giving people opportunities and space to grow, community living and embracing difference.
What makes me laugh out loud are friendly jibes and social satire.