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The Very Revd Archpriest Maxim Nikolsky BA (Sussex), Cert Ed (London), Chairman, is a Russian Orthodox Archpriest, currently serving at The Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God and all Saints in Ennismore Gardens, London, He formerly served in Oxford. He taught Religious Education, Russian and English at Marlborough College in Wiltshire. He has lived and taught in Moscow, Kiev, the Crimea and Mongolia. He is experienced in leading pilgrimages to Russia, has taken groups to Diveyevo. Fr Maxim serves both as a trustee and as a member of the Spiritual Inheritance of Sarov Working Group. This provides an invaluable interface for the programme of work that Saints Alive is taking forward in this area.

Canon Alan Amos OBE is Theologian and Pastor with special interest in theological education for the whole person moving towards a culture of transfiguration. Canon Alan Amos OBE is Priest-in-Charge of "The Six"  :  Newington,  Hartlip,  Stockbury,  Upchurch,  Lower Halstow and Iwade, Kent. He was formerly Principal of Canterbury School for Ministry and Vice-Principal of Westcott House Theological College, Cambridge.

Miss Jeanne Knights MA(Cantab) is a Theologian, with special emphasis on the correlation of life and theology/the primacy of 'living holiness'. She has undertaken significant work on the Russian tradition, and in particular in relation to St Seraphim of Sarov and Fr Alexander Schmemann, (Life as Sacrament/World as Sacrament). She currently serves as Trust Theologian/ Executive Director.

Andrea Carnevali, Film Director & Editor
Andrea Carnevali graduated at the London International Film School as writer, director and producer with a distinction in editing and sound, where he received the Adams Award for Best Student of the year and excellent achievements in editing.    In November 2005 he featured as number 8 in the Craft & Post section of the "Hot 100 List", published on Broadcast.    Shortlisted for a BAFTA award, for the documentary "Picture of Britain" (2005), he is currently working as a Director with the BBC.    

Andrea first edited the charity's film, 'My Joy', on the life and influence of St Seraphim of Sarov, before becoming involved in establishing the 'Living Testimony' Programme. In the course of this programme he has been involved in filming, training and establishing standards. He directed the 'Living Testimony' film for promotion of the programme and is currently supporting development of the Saints Alive 'I Witness' Visual History Archive, for dissemination of its fruits. More info>>

Reggie Thomson, IT Consultant
Reggie Thomson graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Engineering and Computer Science. He has worked for several small hi-tech companies in Cambridge, but also spent seven years teaching English as a Foreign Language in Cambridge and Japan. He enjoys taking photos and has travelled for several years taking photos of Canada, Japan and South-east Asia.

Reggie runs his own IT and Consultancy firm offering website design and website hosting for a number of companies and individuals. He is currently engaged in design work for the Saints Alive 'I Witness' Visual History Archive. More info>>

Andrew Hickley MCIPR, Seraph Communications

John Phillips
John Phillips graduated from London University in Russian, German, French, Italian and Spanish. He works as a translator and has translated a book for the Trust as well as other material. He is currently studying (as the oldest student) at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, where he has already been awarded both the Certificate and Diploma.

Celeste Lotz
Celeste has worked in a number of different administrative capacities in both her native South Africa and in the UK. Highly creative and capable, she has brought to the Trust much needed skills and efficiency.

Carlos Silva, Treasurer.

Carlos Silva graduated from The Autonomous Polytechnic Institute (Lisbon, Portugal) with a degree in Auditing and Accounting. He worked for many years for small and medium sized construction companies in Portugal. In 2009 he decided to face the challenge of living in a foreign country and since August 2009 he has lived in Cambridge, where he works as accountant and treasurer for different charities.

Revd. John Cooper, Independent Examiner.



Rt Revd Jack Nicholls is Bishop of Sheffield and serves in the House of Lords. He has been devoted to St Seraphim for over 30 years. As a parish priest his service alternated between Lancashire and Yorkshire before being appointed Director of Pastoral Theology at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield 1978-83. Returning to Manchester as residentiary canon of Manchester Cathedral, he was appointed Director of Post Ordination Training, Honorary Chaplain to Chetham School of Music and Warden of the Community of St Mary the Virgin Wantage. He has been involved in parish missions in many parts of the country and abroad, largely through his preaching and encouraging the schools of evangelism, schools of prayer and schools of healing. In 1997 he became a Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire, the citation accompanying this award described him as a communicator who can express profound things simply. His innate Northern sense of humor and timing has kept him in considerable demand, not only as a preacher, but also an after dinner speaker and in other rather more light-hearted contexts.


Miss Gladys Bland BA (London) is a member of the Antiochian Orthodox Church and is assistant to Fr Michael Harper, Dean of the British Antiochian Group of parishes. She was Headmistress of Stamford High School, Lincolnshire, from 1978 to 1997, and was Chair of the Inspection Committee of the Girls' Schools Association and served on its Executive Council. She is a Director of Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge, Secretary of the Academic Board, and has completed both the Certificate & Diploma of Higher Education in Orthodox Theology.

The Very Revd Archpriest Maxim Nikolsky

Canon Alan Amos OBE

Miss Jeanne Knights
Trustee & Director

Andrea Carnevali
Film & Media

Reggie Thomson
IT Consultant

Andrew Hickley FCIPR

John Phillips

Celeste Lotz

Carlos Silva

Rt Revd Jack Nicholls
Bishop of Sheffield

Miss Gladys Bland
Education Advisor

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