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 the Revd Dr Mike Thompson, who is Associate Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Archeology takes up most of her spare time these days. 

Managing Editor: The 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: Joanna Wood

Joanna started her career in publishing at Longman Education and went on to help produce the first digital medical books by Churchill Livingstone. Since then she’s worked in multi-media and marketing but really found her passion when she re-trained to become a Certified Life Coach in 2014; she says about that role “I found my purpose and I love to help others do the same. I am especially passionate about working with young people and helping them find direction". Joanna is delighted to find herself back in the publishing world with Grove Books, a role she combines with her coaching and workshop facilitation.

Board of Directors

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

The Revd Canon Mark Collinson (Treasurer) is currently Canon Principal of the School of Mission in the Diocese of Winchester and residentiary canon at Winchester Cathedral. Mark spent nearly fourteen years involved in church planting in the Netherlands as Chaplain of Christ Church, Amsterdam. He is writing a doctoral dissertation on missional ecclesiology. Prior to ordination he worked as an international management consultant.

Dr Frances Shaw (Company Secretary) first became associated with Grove in 1999. Since then the Company has grown and changed quite a lot, and she has completed a doctorate on Matthew's Gospel and nurtured three children. She encourages literacy and theological education through her charity work, and tries to be organised and keep fit. She is a Churchwarden, Trustee of Feed the Minds, Chair of the United Society for Christian Literature, and taught on the Guildford Diocesan Ministry Programme for quite a few years.

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.

After completing a classics degree (with some theology) at Pembroke College, Cambridge, the Revd Canon Ian Silk taught English to international students at Newnham Language Centre and then trained for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol. His subsequent ministry in Lincolnshire in parishes, chaplaincies, cathedral, fresh expressions of church, theological education, mission leadership, mentoring and developing discipleship gave him vital insight into the ways Grove is able to equip the Church with outstanding resources for its life and mission today. He is currently working on a professional doctorate in practical theology with the University of Chester. Ian is married to Karin with four sons, two daughters-in-law and two granddaughters, so his main 'hobby' is his family!

The Rt Revd Dr Robert 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 involves the oversight of churches in 42 countries across Europe and beyond. Suffice to say that he travels extensively. 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 Vicar of Impington, two villages just north of Cambridge, and Rural Dean of North Stowe. 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 has been described by the Bishop of Worcester as 'Renaissance man.'

The Revd Ali Walton is Vicar of All Saints Church, Isleworth in south-west London. Prior to this she was Director of Pastoral Studies at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. She served on the editorial team for the Pastoral Series for many years. As well as being on the board of Grove Books, Ali is also a trustee of a large almshouse charity in Isleworth and Hounslow and of The Blue School Educational Foundation which supports of the work of The Blue School Church of England School where she is also a governor. She is married to Steve. Together they enjoy going to the cinema and the theatre, to a variety of concerts and to their favourite café in Richmond which serves the most amazing baklava you’ll ever taste!

The Revd Andy Tufnell is Vicar of Christ Church, Chilwell, and St Barnabas, Inham Nook, in the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. He is married to Claire and they have two young daughters. Whilst serving on the board of Grove Books, Andy also co-convenes and chairs the editorial group for the Mission & Evangelism series. He comes from an educational background as a secondary school physics teacher with experience teaching in England and East Africa, where he was born and spent some of his early years.