Staff and Board

Grove Books is a very close-knit community, and we would be nothing without our dedicated staff and directors. 


Business Manager: Susanne Thompson

Susanne originally comes from Philadelphia. She trained as a teacher before coming to England in 1983. She is married to Revd Dr Mike Thompson, who is Vice Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Archeology takes up most of her spare time these days. 

Managing Editor: Revd Dr Ian Paul

Ian is a theologian, writer and speaker. He is Associate Minister at St Nic's, Nottingham and Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham. A Mac user and chocoholic he Tweets at @Psephizo and writes an award-winning blog at He is married to Maggie, who is a GP in Derbyshire, and they have three children. He completed a PhD on the Book of Revelation, and then spent eight years on the staff of St Mary's, a town centre church in Poole, Dorset followed by nine years as Dean of Studies at St John's College, Nottingham.

Office Assistant: Oliva Coles

Originally trained as a Drama and English teacher, Olivia has also worked in local radio, educational publishing, as a youth worker and run her own greeting card business. In between juggling the demands of family life with two teenage children and her husband (a full time neurologist and part time chaplain to the staff at Addenbrooke's hospital) Olivia is training for ordination (part time).  She is much looking forward to her ordination this July and starting her curacy. Her idea of relaxing is with a good Danish tv drama, going to the cinema and sampling cappucinos in cafés.

Board of Directors

The Revd Richard Steel (Chairman) is the Rector of Kirkheaton, near Huddersfield. Previously he was Communication Director of the Church Mission Society (CMS) and has also been a Diocesan Communication Officer and a Religious Programmes Presenter on local commercial radio in the midlands. He retains a keen interest in the media. He is also a Chaplain for the Creative Arts Retreat Movement.

The Revd Mark Collinson (Treasurer) is currently Chaplain of Christ Church, Amsterdam, Mark takes an interest in modeling relational leadership in the church. He enjoys the multi-cultural and wide socio-economic spread of his church members and supporting Christians in secular employment. Prior to ordination he worked as an international management consultant.

Dr Frances Shaw teaches on the Guildford Diocesan Ministry Course, having previously worked in religious publishing. She has a continuing interest in overseas literacy and literature projects and has recently completed a doctorate on Matthew's Gospel, in between servicing three (almost) grown up children.

The Ven Trevor Lloyd was Archdeacon of Barnstaple until his retirement and now lives thirty yards from the beach at Westward Ho! in North Devon. Married to Eldey, with four children and seven grandchildren, he chairs a major regional charity, Children's Hospice South West. He was a member of the Church of England Liturgical Commission for over twenty years, heavily involved in the production of Common Worship and Patterns for Worship, as well as in the Synodical process and chaired the group responsible for communication, education and the marketing of Common Worship.

The Revd Ian Silk is Vicar of St George's Lincoln and a member of the Spirituality group. Formerly he was a teacher of English as a foreign language to adults.

The Revd John Leach currently works in the Discipleship Team in Lincoln Diocese, following 21 years in parish ministry, six as a diocesan Officer, five as director of Anglican Renewal Ministries, and a few months as an IKEA truck driver. He is married to Chris, whose ministry is discipling children, and they have three grown up kids. John blogs regularly at revjohnleachblog.

The Rt Revd Dr Rob Innes  is Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe. Prior to this he was Senior Chaplain and Chancellor of the Pro-Cathedral of Holy Trinity Brussels, a vicar in County Durham, and he has also taught systematic theology at Cranmer Hall and Durham University. His first degree was in engineering, and he pursued a career in business consultancy before ordination. Rob has been involved with Grove Books for many years, as an author, a group convenor and board member. His current role in the administrative capital of Europe involves looking after a city centre congregation, with around 40 different nationalities including many Francophone Africans. Rob is married to Helen and they have four children. His hobbies include cycling in the Brussels forests and enjoying fine Belgian food and drink.

The Revd Canon James Blandford-Baker is Vicar of Histon and Priest-in-Charge of Impington, two villages just north of Cambridge and Rural Dean of the Deaneries of North Stowe and Bourn. He is married to Katharine, who typesets and edits for Grove, and they have two children. Before moving to Cambridge in 2006, James was a Vicar in West London and DDO in the Willesden Area of the London Diocese. A research engineer by background James is interested in cabinet making, astronomy, the life and work of Isaac Newton and all things to do with Apple computers. He recently took up cycling and competed in the first Gran Fondo Tour of Cambridgeshire in 2015. He has been described by the Bishop of Worcester as 'Renaissance man.'

The Revd Ali Walton is Director of Pastoral Studies at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. She has served as curate, Associate Priest and Vicar in a number of different parishes. Ali has an MPhil which looks at two methods of Christian counselling, Nouthetic Counselling by Jay Adams, and Clinical Theology by Frank Lake. Ali is married to Steve. Together they enjoy trips to the cinema, eating out and exploring new areas. She re-energises by walking the dog, reading and doing embroidery.