Richard Compton-Burnett (MA Law. Businessman, Hampshire)
Richard Compton-Burnett is married to Abigail and they live in Hampshire with their four children. Richard and Abigail very much enjoyed a brief studying time at Regent as what was essentially a second honeymoon! After twenty years in investment banking and venture capital, Richard now runs a foster care agency organisation that operates across most areas of England and currently looks after about 500 foster children. Richard has always been very active in sports and now spends much of his weekend and family time responding as best he can to sporting demands made by the children.
Richard Evans (MA ’11, Doctoral Candidate, London)
Richard completed his MA at Regent in 2011. Since then, he has pursued further study in London and is currently undertaking doctoral research in film and geography. He also edits an arts journal and is learning Swedish (for fun and research purposes).
Donna McDowell (MCS ’04, Educator, South London)
Upon completion of an MCS with an Arts Thesis in Theatre in 2004, Donna returned to the UK to study to become a secondary Religious Studies and Philosophy teacher with a view to progressing into community education at some point. Almost 10 years later with 7 years of teaching and a sabbatical under her belt, Donna now works as Head of Schools and Families at St Paul's Cathedral. Her performing is limited to playing Mary in her Christmas Journeys but occasionally she does a little performance poetry in dark, tucked away corners of South London.
Peter Shaw (DipCS ’71, MCS ’74. Civil Servant, London)
Peter Shaw was one of the first four full time Regent students in 1970-71 before going into a career in the UK Government where he ultimately held three Director General posts. He was a founding partner of Praesta, an international coaching business, and has worked with leaders and teams across five continents. He has written 20 books on aspects of leadership and is a Visiting Professor at a number of University Business Schools as well as a Licensed Lay Minister in the Anglican Church.
Madeline Simpson (MA ’09, Lay Leader, West London)
Madi Simpson lives in West London, is married to James and has three children. Aside from her role as primary caregiver, Madi is an active member of St Paul’s Hammersmith, where she serves as a lay leader, preacher and Churchwarden. She is a monthly contributor to the Wondering Fair blog - www.wonderingfair.com. Madi has an MA: Theological Studies, concentration Applied Theology, from Regent College (2009). She loves to help people 'come alive' in their faith and its outworking. One of these days she’d like to get ordained. In the meantime, when not preparing talks, doing the laundry or preventing health and safety crises, Madi enjoys the outdoors, novels, and any opportunity to stay up late in grown up company.
Sheila Thomas (MA Christian Spirituality, Development Officer, Bromley)
Sheila Thomas has an MA in Christian Spirituality from Heythrop College which is part of the University of London. She is also a trained Spiritual Director. Her passion is in encouraging people to develop their friendship with God and to come to know themselves better through prayer. Having had her own walk with God enriched through the practice of contemplative prayer, she loves to introduce this discipline to Christians for whom this is new. In addition to practicing as a Spiritual Director she teaches in Christian spirituality and leads small groups in listening to and responding to God. She also teaches literacy and numeracy as a volunteer at a Young Offender's Institute and she's involved in Debt Advice through a local charity and volunteers with The Lighthouse Group, a Christian Charity which works with children excluded from the education system, trying to give them a second chance to gain an education