Training and Development Officers (TDOs)

Each Synod has one or more named officers responsible for elements of adult education and learning. They have a variety of titles including Synod Training Officer, Development Officer or Education and Learning Officer. Some Synods employ one person to cover all the elements, whilst in others the work is shared between members of a team of people. TDOs liaise with Synod Children and Youth Development Officers and Mission Enablers wherever possible.

Having overall responsibility for the management of all congregational training, lay ministry training and continuing ministerial education, they:

  • plan and conduct learning events, including special topic events and Synod Schools
  • support individuals to make learning decisions based on need arising from the context of their place of ministry
  • arrange whatever funding for learning is agreed at Synod and by Assembly Committees
  • support specific lay and ordained ministries including Elders and Interim Moderators
  • support the arrangement of any supervision for specific ministries
  • support training for congregations
  • work with other Synod staff for Synod development

A collegial group of people, Synod TDOs meet three times a year to share good practice and to contribute to strategic planning of adult education and learning throughout the whole of the United Reformed Church.

1 Northern
Education and Learning officer 

2 North Western
Education and Learning officer Tim Mountain
Tim Mountain pic

3 Mersey
Training officer Ms Sandra Wellington

4 Yorkshire
Development officer The Revd Dr James Coleman
Coleman Jim

5 East Midlands
Training and development officer The Revd Dr Deborah Baird
Deborah Baird

6 West Midlands
Education and Learning officer (Ministries) The Revd Stuart Scott

7 Eastern
Mission and Training officer The Revd Peter Ball
Ball Peter

8 South Western
Education and Learning enabler

9 Wessex
Development and Support officer (South) The Revd Mary Thomas
Development and Support officer (North) The Revd Peter Hurter

10 Thames North
Training officer The Revd Anne Sardeson
Sardeson Ann

11 Southern
Development officer for Education and Learning The Revd Andy Twilley
Andy Twilley pic

12 Wales
Training and Development officer (North) The Revd David Salsbury
Salsbury David

Training and Development officer (South)


13 Scotland
Training officer The Revd Dr Jack Dyce
Dyce Jack