Meet the Team

Ann Hyde I am a Roman Catholic and have been working with GRASSROOTS since 1999. I am responsible for the Working with Women of Different Faiths and Cultures project, supporting women across different backgrounds and encouraging them to engage more with the wider community. This is done by working in partnership with Ghar se Ghar, a Worker's Co-operative which is organised by Christian, Muslim and Hindu women. I also teach Circle Dancing, a very communal activity using dances from across the world.

Ann Hyde

I am a Roman Catholic and have been working with GRASSROOTS since 1999. I am responsible for the Working with Women of Different Faiths and Cultures project, supporting women across different backgrounds and encouraging them to engage more with the wider community. This is done by working in partnership with Ghar se Ghar, a Worker's Co-operative which is organised by Christian, Muslim and Hindu women. I also teach Circle Dancing, a very communal activity using dances from across the world.

David Jonathan I am from Northwest India. I have been working in the voluntary sector since 1991, first with the YMCA in India (1991-2001) and then with GRASSROOTS in Luton (2001 - present). I am the co-ordinator, overseeing all of the projects and programmes, but work mainly on Community Cohesion and Inter Faith Relations issues, with and alongside Luton’s diverse communities in close partnership with Luton Council of Faiths. We have developed a very multi-faceted framework of events, programmes and activities. 

David Jonathan

I am from Northwest India. I have been working in the voluntary sector since 1991, first with the YMCA in India (1991-2001) and then with GRASSROOTS in Luton (2001 - present). I am the co-ordinator, overseeing all of the projects and programmes, but work mainly on Community Cohesion and Inter Faith Relations issues, with and alongside Luton’s diverse communities in close partnership with Luton Council of Faiths. We have developed a very multi-faceted framework of events, programmes and activities. 

Sr. Maire Hayes I am a sister of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit. I have previously taught in secondary schools in Birmingham and Liverpool, and have also lived and worked for 22 years in Santiago, Chile. I am currently the interfaith coordinator for the Diocese of Northampton and am working in Luton with GRASSROOTS, with responsibility for the Spirituality of Justice project, themed 'A Spirituality that does Justice'. I am also a member of the executive of National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN).  

Sr. Maire Hayes

I am a sister of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit. I have previously taught in secondary schools in Birmingham and Liverpool, and have also lived and worked for 22 years in Santiago, Chile. I am currently the interfaith coordinator for the Diocese of Northampton and am working in Luton with GRASSROOTS, with responsibility for the Spirituality of Justice project, themed 'A Spirituality that does Justice'. I am also a member of the executive of National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN).  

Karen Campbell I am responsible for the Church Related Community Work project at GRASSROOTS and am attached to the ecumenical Bury Park Beech Hill Council of Churches located in the heart of Luton. My work is a ministry of the United Reformed Church (URC), and this is my first post since completing training in 2009. Before coming to Luton I lived my whole life in Tottenham, North London, so I am used to being part of a religiously and culturally diverse community with all the joys and challenges that brings.

Karen Campbell

I am responsible for the Church Related Community Work project at GRASSROOTS and am attached to the ecumenical Bury Park Beech Hill Council of Churches located in the heart of Luton. My work is a ministry of the United Reformed Church (URC), and this is my first post since completing training in 2009. Before coming to Luton I lived my whole life in Tottenham, North London, so I am used to being part of a religiously and culturally diverse community with all the joys and challenges that brings.

Kim Greig I am the Near Neighbours coordinator for the Luton Hub. I oversee the Near Neighbours programme in Luton and am based at GRASSROOTS, our Near Neighbours partner. I have a great deal of experience working overseas and within the third sector and am also an intercultural trainer and consultant. As part of my role I work alongside a number of national partners and successfully deliver other initiatives including the Catalyst Youth Leadership programme and The Nehemiah Foundation. 

Kim Greig

I am the Near Neighbours coordinator for the Luton Hub. I oversee the Near Neighbours programme in Luton and am based at GRASSROOTS, our Near Neighbours partner. I have a great deal of experience working overseas and within the third sector and am also an intercultural trainer and consultant. As part of my role I work alongside a number of national partners and successfully deliver other initiatives including the Catalyst Youth Leadership programme and The Nehemiah Foundation. 

Ryad Khodabocus I am the Community Relations Development Officer, employed by Luton Council of Faiths and working closely with GRASSROOTS. My key focus is in the field of community development and inter-community relations and I have a background in science, social work, health psychology and management. I work with a vast network of individuals and groups and engage with various voluntary and statutory organisations in Luton. I also hold an advisory role with strategic capacity within Luton Borough Council.

Ryad Khodabocus

I am the Community Relations Development Officer, employed by Luton Council of Faiths and working closely with GRASSROOTS. My key focus is in the field of community development and inter-community relations and I have a background in science, social work, health psychology and management. I work with a vast network of individuals and groups and engage with various voluntary and statutory organisations in Luton. I also hold an advisory role with strategic capacity within Luton Borough Council.

Ciaran O'Brien I am the Programmes and Operations Manager and have been involved in the work of GRASSROOTS since 2007, supporting many of the events and activities that take place, and helping to coordinate a number of project support functions across a wide variety of activities. I am also an intercultural trainer and consultant specialising in cultural awareness and communication, and am the current Director for Research and Academic Relations on the SIETAR UK board (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research).

Ciaran O'Brien

I am the Programmes and Operations Manager and have been involved in the work of GRASSROOTS since 2007, supporting many of the events and activities that take place, and helping to coordinate a number of project support functions across a wide variety of activities. I am also an intercultural trainer and consultant specialising in cultural awareness and communication, and am the current Director for Research and Academic Relations on the SIETAR UK board (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research).

Bonnie Evans-Hills I am currently the Inter Faith Adviser for the Diocese of St Albans (CofE) and serve on the national Presence & Engagement task group mandated to resource multi-faith parishes. I work with the World Council of Churches in dialogue with scholars from Iran as well as gender in inter-religious dialogue, and have considerable experience in Muslim-Christian dialogue having conducted a three-year study in Qom, Iran. I am also the co-author of the book ‘Engaging Islam from a Christian Perspective’. (Photo: Andy Wright)

Bonnie Evans-Hills

I am currently the Inter Faith Adviser for the Diocese of St Albans (CofE) and serve on the national Presence & Engagement task group mandated to resource multi-faith parishes. I work with the World Council of Churches in dialogue with scholars from Iran as well as gender in inter-religious dialogue, and have considerable experience in Muslim-Christian dialogue having conducted a three-year study in Qom, Iran. I am also the co-author of the book ‘Engaging Islam from a Christian Perspective’. (Photo: Andy Wright)