The Environment Committee: contact us


This is a small and dedicated group of ecumenical volunteers. 

Practical activities from the group 

  • offering an information stand at clergy conference Nov 2019 with the support of All Saints Wingerworth
  • training on Eco Church in the Learning in Faith programme (Community section)
  • a mailing to all PCCs and incumbents July 2019 about Climate Emergency anticipated to be on General Synod agenda Feb 2020
  • pilot development of Derbyshire Churches Environment Network beginning October 2019
  • Supporting related activity at Derby University at the Multi Faith Centre autumn 2019
  • the presentation at June 2019 Synod update report about progress on Eco Diocese and offering reasons to make a policy against fracking
  • a paper for the Parsonages Committee on Solar PV
  • architect training partnered with DAC
  • advice to individual parishes and offering presentations or preachers as requested

The Derbyshire Churches Envirnment Network is run through the Committee and may be a good place to link up with Committee members. Events will be poisted in 'Whats Happening' section along with other local or partner events.


Committee chair Anne Knyhynyckyj, Reader, All Saints Wingerworth. 


Staff contact Stella Collishaw (Mission and Ministry team) links with the DIocesan Environment  officers network and organisations such as Green Christian and Derby University. Send her invites to your events and permission to share them, or news of progress in your patch for us to celebrate and also to the Communications Team. If your PCC are talking about making Environmental changes or if you register as an Ecochurch or obtain an award would you inform her. 

There are a number of people who are willing to come and support you locally and preach on Environmental issues, both licensed Readers and clergy.Nominations to join us are welcome. 

Contact us ...



Stella Collishaw

Community Action Officer in the Mission and Ministry Team, Diocese of Derby. 2019 actively recruiting to the membership of this group from parishes and other denominations. 2020 updating this page on the website and editing Find newsletter (contact her to receive the next issue- email only). Invitations wanted to your next chapter meeting, Deanery Synod or PCC to talk about Eco Church or to offer the exisiting training to you locally. Please send in notice of your local events, good news stories, photos and events to share in Find news or Diocesan mailings and Together magazine.

01332 388685; Facebook StellaCollishaw


John Beardmore

07785 563116;

Offers technical support and advice on sustainability issues, including facilitating decision-making processes, and the design and diagnosis of heating and renewable energy systems. He is a member of the DAC and on the board of Operation Noah.


Richard Henderson Smith 

0115 9460395; 

World Mission and Development Officer with the role to remind people about the urgent and ongoing needs of those most at risk and deprived beyond our horizon. He points out that the impact on the planet and it resources impact the poorest in the world.

He presented particular facts on health and fracking June 2019 Synod.


Charles Jolly

01298 22557;

East Midlands United Reformed Church, Church & Society Officer, a director of Transition Buxton Community Interest Company and “Green Apostle” for East Midlands United Reform Church Synod. 


Graham Truscott

07810 556743;

A founder of Derby Carbon Initiative, two local transition groups, national REconomy project and a director of Air Fuel Synthesis Ltd. Placed 10kW solar PV system on local grade 1 listed parish church.

Passionate about delivering new socio-environmental economic models. He is also our link to Whistlewood Common who have constructed an award winning straw bale building near Melbourne.


ArchDeacon Christine the Archdeacon of Chesterfield is the link member of senior staff on these issues.


Steve Retout from Roman Catholic Diocese of Nottingham.


Anne and Howard Clarke members of St Peters Belper, a silver awarded Eco Church.


John Payne Churchwarden at Eyam and member of Green Christian.


Jane Webb retired Baptist Minister.


Godfrey Meynell, Church Warden at St Michaels Kirk Langley and member of Extinction Rebellion.


Rita Brierley member from St Matthews Darley Abbey.


Phil Ormerod, Reader, All Saints Sawley.







Graham Webster

reports to the group from his role in Property, Derby Church House with budget responsibility for changes in our offices.




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