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Our staff

Our staff team:

Rev Tim Meathrel - Vicar

Tim is married to Kate, a secondary school teacher and they have two daughters Rebekah (6) and Anna (4). Tim was previously Associate Vicar at Christ Church Clifton, a large Charismatic and Evangelical church in Bristol. Before that, he spent 6 years at St Johns, Harborne, in Birmingham diocese having left Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, where he trained for the ordained ministry.

Tim is also the Assistant Head of Ministry for New Wine’s International Ministry, where, from time to time, he has the privilege to travel to different countries to support and equip local churches as they seek to transform their nations.

Tim will watch any sport and is particularly keen on his beloved Plymouth Argyle! But with all those girls in the family he is quite outnumbered! However, he does still manage to find time for the occasional round of golf and trip to a Test match.

Tim and Kate are passionate about the local church as God’s plan A for the transformation of our nation. They love God and they love people and feel truly blessed and humbled to have been called to work at Emmanuel. 


Rev Helen Wilkinson - Associate Vicar Eastbury Church

Rev Helen Wilkinson Associate Vicar Eastbury Church

Helen came to Northwood in 2008. She had been a teacher for many years, before the new century brought a fresh calling from God, and she was ordained in 2004. She was curate of St Nicolas, Newbury, in West Berkshire for four years, and then took up responsibility for Eastbury Church. She loves the theatre, art exhibitions, and films from the golden age of Hollywood, and enjoys holidays in the sun wherever there is plenty of history and art to explore.  

Rachael Hutchins - Operations Manager

Rachael has spent most of her life in Surrey and Gloucestershire and would definitely call herself a country girl, but has now been living in or very near London since 2010. Before joining the Emmanuel staff team in April 2015 she spent 10 years working in church administration in two other churches - one in central London and one in Reigate, Surrey.

Rachael enjoys admin, organising, sorting things out and problem solving. In her own time she loves singing (and music in general), musicals, making things (when time allows), doing up her new house, Disney movies and summertime. She is married to Chris who is a freelance Locations Manager in the TV and film industry. 

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Emma Dyer - Youth and Young Adults Minister

Emma started working at Emmanuel in September 2017. Originally from Oxfordshire, for the last 5 years she was based in Yeovil where she was doing a degree in youth work. She is married to Jake, and she loves decaff tea, cats and charity shops.

Christine Britton - Children's and Families Minister

Christine grew up in Melbourne, Australia. She has a deep love for Music, starting the drums at 8 and going on to learn the piano and the trumpet. Christine trained as a Podiatrist in Melbourne, and in 1998 decided to travel to London to "see the world". She worked as a podiatrist in the NHS for ten years and during that time went to Bible School where she met her husband, Malcolm. Malcolm is an Assistant Head Teacher at a local secondary school and they have three children - Austin, Ted and Annabel. Christine works as a peripatetic drum teacher at a local primary school, becoming their Music Specialist in 2012. She loves writing songs and cooking, especially desserts, and makes a mean chocolate pavlova. 

As well as being employed 2.5 days a week as our Children's Minister (specifically focussing on schools work and Sundays) Christine heads up our Worship team.

Lorraine Hall - Administrator

Lorraine has lived in the local area for over 30 years and Northwood for 14 of them. 

After working in Further Education for many years, she now enjoys the smaller, family atmosphere of the Emmanuel Office. The short five minute walk to work up the High Street leaves her more time for her various hobbies, including gardening and quilting. She can turn her hand to many things, just don't ask her to sing - as a child she was allowed to remain in the school choir only on the understanding that she mimed...

Lorraine is married to Stephen, who works in the charity sector, with one grown up daughter, Sarah.

Siobhan Gale - Secretary

Siobhan Gale

Although born in Germany, Siobhan has lived in the Northwood area nearly all her life. She has been worshipping at Emmanuel since 1984, and she met her husband Geoff here and was married here in 1990. Siobhan studied German and French at Birmingham University while squeezing in as much amateur dramatics as possible. After thirteen years of working in commercial environments she joined the office staff at Emmanuel in 2001. Amongst other things she enjoys singing, folk rock, landscape photography, Thai (or just about any) food and curling up with a glass of wine and a good book.

David Deng - Property Supervisor

Bio to follow

Liz Chorley - Coffee Shop Manager

Liz Chorley was born and bred in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved to London 15 years ago. She lives with her husband Duncan and two daughters Isabella and Freya, and loves being part of the Emmanuel and Northwood community.

Liz has been the running the Coffee Shop since September 2015 she is passionate about sharing faith and being proactive and visible in the community, welcoming people with good food and friendship. In her spare time she loves walking with her dog and exploring, feeding her friends and family and is a reluctant attender of the gym.

Hilary d'Ambrumenil - Toy Library Manager

Hilary d'Ambrumenil Emmanuel Toy Library Manager

Hilary grew up in Northwood. She initially attended Crusaders and then Emmanuel where she later married Charles. She and Charles have two daughters.

Hilary is a chartered librarian who has worked in both the public and private sectors; mainly concerned with education and training. She also has a long involvement with the voluntary sector.

On the first Sunday of the month, Hilary can be found in the Africa Lounge serving coffee.

Sarah Altman - Church Warden

Sarah has lived in Northwood and the surrounding area all her life and knows and loves the community well. She is married to Neil and they have three mostly grown up children and one very friendly dog.
She has been a member at Emmanuel for 20 years and has been involved in all sorts of work within the church during that time.

As well as being church warden, Sarah heads up the families work at Emmanuel. Her passion has always been for families and children, and she enables this ministry and makes connections within the local community and families who live nearby.

Giles Denham - Church Warden

Giles has lived in Northwood for longer than he cares to remember and currently works as a director in the NHS.  He is married to Gill, who is the Executive Headteacher of a large Academy Trust and they have three lovely (and grown up) daughters. His roles at Emmanuel have ranged from chairing the mission committee to mass catering.

He serves as a trustee of several charities, is honorary president of a local tennis club and just about manages to play squash and tennis.