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 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)


Rev. Dr. John Reader retired as Rector of the Ironstone Benefice (8 rural churches in North Oxfordshire) in 2020, having served most of his ordained ministry in rural parishes.  He is a Senior Research Fellow of the William Temple Foundation and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Education, University of Worcester. A Practical Theologian, his recent books are A Philosophy of Christian Materialism (co-written with Chris Baker and Tom James, Ashgate 2015) and Theology and New Materialism: Spaces of Faithful Dissent (Palgrave Macmillan 2017). (Senior Tutor of the Diploma)


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.


CRES Deputy Senior Tutors:

Godfrey Armitage, Dr Rachel Bathurst, Revd Dr Timothy Howles, 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)



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.



Mike Buckland (MA Hons, MBCS CITP) is a retired modern languages teacher, technology instructor and consultant, with experience in the public and private sectors in the UK and abroad. He has a Masters degree in Modern Languages from Cambridge University, where he developed an interest in linguistics, and is a Chartered Member of the British Computer Society. He lives in Wargrave, Berkshire with his wife Angie. His three children are married with three grandchildren. Mike supports BBOWT, the RSPB, Wild Maidenhead, A Rocha, Tearfund, CSW and Wycliffe Bible translation projects. He has attended several CRES days at Cuddesdon. He serves his parish as Eco Lead, Tearfund representative and Fairtrade champion, as well as singing in the choir, has worked with the Oxford Diocese on creation care at home and abroad, and is CSW ambassador for the Reading area. (CRES Forum Moderator)