Staff Team

CRES Steering Group

Dr Martin Hodson is a plant scientist and environmental biologist, and a former Principal Lecturer, and now Visiting Researcher at Oxford Brookes University. He is also Associate Member of the Institute of Human Sciences at the University of Oxford and was formerly Operations Director for the John Ray Initiative. Martin writes and speaks widely on environmental issues, and has over 100 publications, mostly in international science journals. His recent books are Cherishing the Earth (with Margot Hodson, 2008), Functional Biology of Plants (with John Bryant, 2012), The Ethics of Climatic Scepticism (with Margot Hodson, 2015), A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues (with Margot Hodson, 2021 2nd ed.), An Introduction to Environmental Ethics (with Margot Hodson, 2017) and COVID-19: Environment, Justice and the Future (with Ruth Valerio, Margot Hodson and Tim Howles, 2020). (Principal Tutor)


Rev. Philip Wagstaff is a Presbyter Minister in the Methodist Church who has worked in five Rural Circuits, in Norfolk, NE Essex, Devon and Somerset and is now stationed at Hastings as Superintendent Minister in the Hastings, Bexhill and Rye Circuit. He was Rural Officer for the Plymouth and Exeter Methodist District, was a member of the Devon Churches Rural Forum and while in Devon a member of the Devon Churches Green Action. Over 30 years of rural ministry has brought a working interest in rural development and local environmental projects. (Senior Tutor for the Certificate)


Dr Elizabeth Rushton is currently Lecturer in Geography Education in Kings College, London. She was previously Director of Evaluation at the Institute for Research in Schools and is an Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL Institute of Education. Before joining the Institute for Research in Schools, Lizzie taught science and geography to students aged 11-18. Lizzie has degrees in Music (King’s College, London) and Geography (Oxford Brookes University). It was whilst a student at Oxford Brookes University that she researched the environmental attitudes of Church of England ordinands, publishing a John Ray Initiative Briefing paper with Dr Martin Hodson in 2012. Lizzie completed her Masters degree and PhD in Geography at the University of Nottingham, exploring the environmental history of Belize using palaeoecological and archival proxies. Lizzie is married to Matthew, who is a priest in the Diocese of Rochester. (Senior Tutor for Science)

Simon Brown is both a former CRES student, and CRES tutor.  He is a volunteer at ZSL London Zoo, and with A Rocha UK, for whom he is the Speakers Coordinator. He is Chair of the CRES Steering Group.


Rob Hitchcock (BA Hons) is a retired quality management consultant with extensive experience in the public and private sectors. He has worked in several government departments and the NHS in areas of policy, quality assurance, and operations. In the private sector, his clients have included insurance, utilities, and IT consultancies. He is a member of the Chartered Quality Institute. Rob is a CRES graduate, and his dissertation addressed the factors behind successful environmental campaigns. He is on a part-time Masters programme at Surrey University on the theme of Environmental Strategy.

Rev. Margot Hodson is a Vicar in the Oxford Diocese and is Theology and Education Director for the John Ray Initiative.  Margot acts as the link between A Rocha UK and JRI, sitting on both boards. She is Tutor in Environmental Theology and Rural Mission and Ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon. Margot has published widely on Christianity and the environment often, but not exclusively, with her husband, Martin.


Dr Sue Robbins spent 24 years at Oxford Brookes University teaching Biochemistry. During the latter part of that time she revamped the personal tutoring system for her Academic School, making it pro-active in building relationships between tutors and tutees. Her experience there makes her ideal to take on the role of CRES Pastor. For more details about Sue go HERE.


CRES Deputy Senior Tutors:

Dr Rachel Bathurst, Revd Prof Ilona Cheyne, Dr Cherryl Hunt, Liz Pichon


CRES Administration

Lynda McKeown is a former primary school and music teacher. She enjoys walking the Cornish coast and creative crafts. (CRES Administrator)