Continuing the Journey is not run by any single organisation and continues its journey only because conference participants give the mandate to a planning group to investigate the next stage. It is a ‘trans-denominational’ conference, supported by a number of Christian trusts and counselling centres.

Meet the planning group

Martine Bailey (Swanwick Liaison) Worked for 25 years in the local hospice, first as a bereavement visitor and then as a supervisor. Also worked in a GP practise as a counsellor for many years. Now retired, is involved in a charity in Uganda and in 4 small rural parishes in East Sussex. Martine was taken to her first CTJ conference in 1999 by her boss who said, “This will be good for you”. It was – and still is. Loves gardening, weaving and above all, walking in her beloved Vosges Mountains.

Marie Calvert (Worship facilitator) lives in Leamington Spa with her husband, and they have a grown up (in some senses) daughter.  She is a UKCP-accredited Integrative Arts Psychotherapist working in private practice, and also regularly leads retreats and workshops on themes related to creativity, spirituality, personal development, and playfulness. She is a Reader in the Anglican Church, and part of St. Mark’s CofE church in Leamington. She previously spent 15 years working for Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, teaching listening skills courses. When not doing the above worthy-sounding things, she loves painting (mainly seas and skies, rather than skirting boards), and is a regular exhibitor with Warwickshire Open Studios, and other venues. She enjoys spending time with friends, singing (dodgily) with a local community choir, and playing the fool. As a member of a Community of Fools she seeks to embrace foolishness and live more playfully and authentically.


Jane Foley. Before becoming a B.A.C.P. Registered counsellor Jane has been many things including a cook, a cleaner and a bottle washer ! Lol !
Part of Jane’s week is spent volunteering for a Charity – The Turning Point Counselling Service which was set up in 2002 by Christians in her local community of Brighouse, West Yorkshire. Jane’s interests are cooking for friends, walking Luna the dog and going to the seaside in “Vinnie” her VW Van with her teenage son Adam.

Jane Franklin is a Spiritual Director, the Coordinator of the Listening Service at St. Andrews, Holborn Circus, London and a Retreat Leader. She was a Massage Practitioner for 20 years and first came to CTJ in 2008 for ‘Touch and Go’ having been introduced to Conference by a friend. Jane was a Reader in an Evangelical church in Homerton for 14 years before moving to St Andrew’s (Anglo Catholic) and is an Explorer with the Community of Aidan and Hilda, she is also trained in leading the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in 19th Annotation. Jane has trained with the Bridgebuilders in Mediation, with the King’s Fund in Leadership, with OPP in Myers Briggs Type Indicator and with Delcia McNeil in Chakra Psychology and brings an open and broad view of Spirituality to her work. Jane enjoys swimming in the open air Lido all year through and reading and watching TV.

Tim Haggis (C0-chair of planning group) is an Anglican priest, now retired after 12 years in parishes and 17 as a schoolchaplain. When not looking after the home and family Tim does a day a week as a volunteer at the local nature reserve, reads anything by Terry Pratchett, runs a local wine-tasting group and spends a lot of time cooking. He has also been known to preach the occasional sermon.

Anne Jones is a BACP accredited relationship counsellor, working in Leeds. She worked for Relate for many years as a couples and family counsellor and trainer. She has recently started her own private practice. She takes a wide-angled view of situations in counselling, considering networks, contexts and frequently connecting to the arts. She is dug into her local community, enjoying being an active member of her own church, being the church administrator for the church next door and running with a running club. When not working or running, she also enjoys playing the piano, being in the countryside where the wildlife is good and also doing arty stuff. She has valued coming to the conference for many years, finding it extremely helpful in navigating the many changes in her life.

Julie Nevitt (Treasurer) is Director of Hope Counselling Service, a small charity set up to offer affordable counselling to the local community in NW London. Julie is a counsellor, was a minister’s wife in a previous lifetime, and has three grown up, fairly ‘weird’ children. We are proud of being weird!! ‘One of our Trustees took me to my first CTJ in 2006 which turned out to be a life saver for me, coming as it did at a really difficult time in my life. Each conference since has proved invaluable: providing nurture, challenge and nourishment’. Julie has been involved with setting up Foodbank in her local church, and is increasingly concerned for social justice. She enjoys being by the sea, gardening, listening to folk music, watching films from her extensive DVD collection, reading novels and drinking red wine.

Karen Stallard (Co-Chair of Planning group) Runs her own private practice as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist in Islington, London and is also an ordained minister. Karen is a trainer and supervisor for Trauma Informed Schools UK and the course director for the Child Counselling Skills Certificate course at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education. Karen is married to Sharon and her favourite activities include making art and music, and is currently learning how to be a potter.

Brian White. Brian is a Baptist Minister currently at Trafalgar Road Baptist Church in Horsham where he has been since 2003. Brian first attended CTJ in 2010 at the “Psst…look who’s talking” conference. He came because one of his leadership team suggested, “It would be good thing for you to do.” Her words proved true and he has attended two more conferences since then. Brian has been married to Sarah since 1988 and they have four sons and two granddaughters. He enjoys walking with Sarah, freshwater fishing, reading, rock music, (well any live music really) and real ale, the last two enjoyed together whenever possible. He is an ex-submariner although he prefers the term, “retired pirate.”