Faith and Fire Steering Group

Updated 20th July 2017

FRS Fire and Rescue Services

Yasmin Bukhari: Bridging Cultures Coordinator GMFRS Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. AFSA Asian Fire Service Association Executive Member

Garry Collins:  Head of Prevention and Protection NFRS Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Shantha Dickinson: Assistant Chief Officer and Director of Community Safety and Resilience HFRS Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Mark Ducie: Fire Officer Station Manager – Prevention   CFRS Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Diane Dunlevey: Equality and Diversity Manager SF&RS Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Joanne Hammersley: Equality & Diversity Coordinator SF&RS Chaplain Coordinator SF&RS Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Melanie Hockenhull: Equality & Diversity Officer Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service

Leanne Illman: Diversity and Inclusion Partner HFRS Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Wendy Kenyon: Diversity and Consultation Manager Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

Nicky Thurston: Inclusion and Diversity Advisor ESFRS East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

Jill Warburton: Learning and Development Manager Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

Faith Leaders

Venerable Dr. Khammai Dhammasami: DPhil (Oxford) Executive Secretary, IABU International Association of Buddhist Universities. Executive Secretary, ATBU Association of Theravada Buddhist Universities Trustee.  Fellow, OCBS Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies. University of Oxford University of Oxford Buddhist Chaplain. Professor ITBMU International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University, Yangon, Myanmar. Abbot, the Oxford Buddha Vihara, UK, Singapore and Malaysia.

Venerable Galpottayaye Pemananda Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester. Appears to be the 6th Buddhist Fire Chaplain in the world. SF&RS. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Fire Chaplain.  BA (Special) Degree in Buddhist Philosophy & Pali from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, and an MA Degree in Buddhist Studies from the Postgraduate institute of Pali and Buddhist studies at the University of Kelaniya Sri Lanka. Diploma in Psychology from the Institute of Psychological Studies in Sri Lanka. Member FRSCA Fire & Rescue Service Chaplains’ Association of the United Kingdom and Islands.

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa: Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester. Theravada Buddhist Monk since 1967. Appears to be the 3rd Buddhist Fire Chaplain in the world. Former ESFRS East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Buddhist Chaplain. SF&RS Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Fire Chaplain Manchester Higher Education and Manchester University Buddhist Chaplain. Former Hospital Chaplain in Wolverhampton.  BA (Special) Degree in Buddhist Philosophy and Sanskrit and an MA Degree in Buddhist Studies from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. Author of An Exposition of Buddhism, published by the Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation, Taipei Taiwan, 1995. Led a retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) at Kendal Fire Station community room over the weekend of 24th and 25th September 2011. As far as we are aware this the first retreat led by a Buddhist Monk to take place in an operational Fire Station in the UK. Led further retreats at Kendal Fire Station in 2012 – 2015. Gave a talk and led a question and answer session for CFRS Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service personnel at Kendal Fire Station in 2012. Member FRSCA Fire & Rescue Service Chaplains’ Association of the United Kingdom and Islands.

Rev Dr Marcus Braybrooke: President WCF World Congress of Faiths. Co-Founder of the Three Faiths Forum. Peace Councillor. Patron of the International Interfaith Centre. Oxford Lambeth Doctorate of Divinity awarded by the Archbishop of Canterbury in recognition of his contribution to the development of inter-religious co-operation and understanding throughout the world, in 2004. Author of over 40 books on interfaith work. Church of England Vicar.

Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili: Advisor on Interfaith and Multifaith to Fire Officer Daryl Oprey CFOA Chief Fire Officers Association Lead on Equality & Diversity and CFOA E & D Group. Appears to be the 4th Buddhist Fire Chaplain in the world. Acknowledged by Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women as the first female Buddhist Fire Chaplain in the world. ESFRS East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Buddhist and Multifaith Chaplain.  SF&RS Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Fire Chaplain. The Fire Fighters Charity Jubilee House Cumbria Chaplain.  Member FRSCA Fire & Rescue Service Chaplains’ Association of the United Kingdom and Islands.  Full Member WFS UK Women in the Fire Service UK.  Former Advisor on Interfaith and Multifaith to Fire Officer Daryl Oprey CFOA Chief Fire Officers Association Lead on Equality & Diversity 2012-2016. Bodhicarini Theravada Buddhism Sangha [Community of Buddhist Monks] Authorized Dhamma Teacher Buddhism Theravada Tradition. Secretary BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada). WCF World Congress of Faiths Member. In Burke’s Landed Gentry as a Contemporary Person of Distinction. FRAS Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. Member SCR Senior Common Room of University College [Castle] Durham University. Joint author with Venerable Dr Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera Abhidhaja Maharatthaguru Aggamaha Pandita DLitt DLitt (1896-1998) of Introducing Buddhism. Published in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Taiwan, UK and USA. Available online.

Rev John Maxwell:  Free Church Minister. Fire Chaplain Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.  Pride of Swindon Award winner for his role as a Fire Chaplain.

Keith Munnings: Buddhist Healthcare Chaplain. Former Head of Studies for BCSG Buddhist Chaplaincy Support Group Kalyana Mitra. Chair of BHCG Buddhist Healthcare Chaplaincy Group. Armed Forces Buddhist Endorsing Authority member. CCCS Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies Advisory Body member. Teacher in the Theravada Buddhism Samatha Tradition

Rev Canon Dr Alan Race: Chair WCF World Congress of Faiths. Author of Interfaith Encounter (2001). Joint Editor of Christian Approaches to Other Faiths (2008). Editor of Interreligious Insight published by the WCF World Congress of Faiths Common Ground Interreligious Engagement Project. Church of England Canon and Vicar

Nick Rutter. Lead Chaplain South Staffordshire for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. Secretary of FRSCA Fire & Rescue Service Chaplains’ Association of the United Kingdom and Islands.

Rev Canon Dr Andrew Todd: Director of CCCS Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies Honorary Research Fellow St Michael’s College Cardiff. Recognised Lecturer St Michael’s College Cardiff. Church of England Canon and Vicar