Who we are

Dot Palmer-Fry

Dot operates as a freelance consultant within the commercial and Christian Sectors. Formerly Dot was Human Resource Director for Cadbury Schweppes, has run her own counselling business and until recently, was chair of Interdev. Most recently she has worked in Executive coaching and in OD and Organisation Re-structures in particular.

Brian James

Brian is Operations Manager for Keychange, a Christian Charity, supporting vulnerable adults in care homes for older people and hostels for the homeless across England. Brian's role involves developing project leadership and organisational understanding of Christian ethos and being distinctively Christian, alongside day-to-day operations. Brian is also involved in a number of local and national leadership roles including that of Parent Governor, chairman of The Outlook Trust and a member of the VoX (Valuing Older Experience) network. His previous Christian Care Sector roles included Human Resources then Operations Director at Mission Care. Before entering the Christian Charity sector Brian had been in Human Resources, with a highly reputable Retailer, known as 'a good company to work for'. In moving to the Christian Charity Sector in 1999 Brian was, and continues to be, challenged to improve the reputation of Christian Charities as employers.

Tim Aikins

Tim is an independent business and organisation transformation consultant. He started his career as a Civil Engineer moving quickly into consulting. He has worked in Europe, the USA, Middle East, South America, and Africa. Tim is also on the board of the Nehemiah Project, supporting released prisoners back into the community, and helps at the Foodbank run by his wife.

Paul Devos

An affiliate of Christian Distinctives - Paul is a resourceful and experienced leader, in both corporate and charitable organisations. Skilled at strategic development, Paul has led the team in delivering CD's vision of seeing Christian organisations developing their Christian distinctiveness as a key to their success.

Judith Beecham

Judith is a freelance analyst, technical design authority, database developer and project leader, with a wide range of experience in the transport, utilities and pharmaceutical sectors and also with small businesses and charities. Judith has led the technical analysis and systems design for a wide range of projects, developed complex database systems and provided general technical management through complete project life cycles. She has a Natural Sciences and Computing Science background from Cambridge University.

Gordon Lickfold

Dr Lickfold is an Occupational Psychologist who has, over the last 16 years, focused on a variety of development, research and consultancy roles, having previously worked for 19 years in a range of HR management and organisational development roles within the commercial sector. Gordon has been involved in the development of a number of diagnostic tools, and is also a Director of Teleios Insight.

the late Louise Coningsby

Louise was a founding member of the CD, a passionate 'people person' and guardian of the vision for the work of CD. We are very grateful for her huge contribution in so many ways to this venture. She worked tirelessly and with great commitment and vision to see excellence in Christian organisations and was an inspiration to many. Louise was a spiritual director who also worked in organisational development with a range of leaders and organisations. Her work involved Christian ethos and values, Board, organisation and leadership development and human resource strategy. Louise was a trustee of a number of charities including the Cross Pollinate Foundation. In the past Louise has held leadership and professional roles with a variety of organisations including an Anglican Church Plant, the YMCA, the Fire Service, Tearfund, Brown and Root Civil Engineering, YWAM Philippines. Louise held a Masters in People Management, was a Member of CIPD and a Trained Mediator.


We are especially thankful for the individuals who have given of their time free of charge to develop work but also to "keep the show on the road", the "hidden heros". We are most grateful to the many other individuals, not currently active core team members of CD, but whose contributions and time have been invaluable to the development of our work. In particular, we would like to thank:

Mike Perreau

Mike operates as a strategic partner and adviser to a range of commercial, public and voluntary sector organisations. He is Managing Director of PI Management and a founding Director of Transformational Business Networks.

Merisa MacInnes

Merisa is the Communications Director for Youth for Christ. Her role includes marketing and PR and she gives advice to other Christian organisations seeking to raise funds and profile. She previously worked as a freelance consultant for a variety of Christian charities after beginning her career with World Vision. Merisa is a trustee of SOMA.

We are also most grateful to the following organisations and individuals who have contributed significant amounts of time reviewing some of our materials: