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Reg and Madge Batten worked and wrote extensively on community development from their base in the University of London where Reg was Reader in Community Development Studies. Avec Resources' material builds on the foundations they laid.

John V. Budd, an Anglican priest, a member of the Project 70-75 research team,was a founder member of the Avec Resources Trust until 2006. He died in 2011.

Helen Cameron, an AVEC Resources Trustee, is Head of Public Affairs for The Salvation Army.  With a small team she lobbies for greater social justice for those the organisation serves.  She holds Visiting Fellowships at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, and Regent's Park College, Oxford.  She writes, speaks and supervises in the field of Practical Theology.  Her engagement with the work of the Trust has shaped her approach to good process as an essential part of ministry and mission.


David Dadswell, an Avec Resources trustee, is an Anglican priest, who works as a organisational behaviour consultant in the UK and internationally in the voluntary, public and commercial sectors, He teaches on a consultancy for mission and ministry MA programme.


Peter Forsaith, is Co-ordinator of the Methodist Studies Unit at Oxford Brookes University (which holds the AVEC archives) and an AVEC Resources Trustee. He is a historian specialising in 18th century religion, society and culture. He has researched areas of Methodist-related history over more than 25 years.



Andrea Kelly is an Avec Resources Trustee and is a retired medical educator who is associated with various social justice initiatives of the Jesuit church in Farm Street, London.  



George Lovell, a Methodist minister, was Director of Avec from 1976-91 and the research worker. He was an AVEC Resources Trustee until 2006. From 1994—1999 he was a senior research fellow in the School of Theology, Westminster College, Oxford. He inaugurated a postgraduate course on consultancy and works as a consultant.

The Revd Dr George Lovell has reviewed his life and work in an interview in September 2011. Click here for a transcript.


David Read, an AVEC Resources Trustee, is a Methodist minister who, having studied consultancy for people engaged in Christian mission and ministry, offers consultancy services to clergy, laity and churches.




Christopher Rowland, the Chair of the AVEC Resources Trust, is the Dean Ireland Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture Emeritus, the University of Oxford




Catherine Widdicombe, an AVEC Resources Trustee until 2008, was Associate Director of Avec from 1976—92 and involved in training and consultancy work. She is a former President of the Grail, a Roman Catholic lay organization.




Charity No 266023

Professor Christopher Rowland (Chair)
Dr Helen Cameron (Treasurer)
Dr Peter Forsaith (Secretary)
Revd David Dadswell
Dr Andrea Kelly
Revd David W. Read