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BASS Executive Committee

The British Association for the Study of Spirituality is a company limited by guarantee. Company Registration Number: 07549446 (England and Wales). Members of the Executive Committee are as follows:

Chris Cook

Professor CHRIS COOK (President)

Professor Chris Cook is Professor of Spirituality, Theology & Health in the Department of Theology & Religion at Durham University and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist with Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. He trained at St George's Hospital Medical School, London, and worked in the psychiatry of substance misuse for over 25 years. He was ordained as an Anglican priest in 2001. He is Director of the Project for Spirituality, Theology & Health at Durham University and an editor (with Andrew Powell and Andrew Sims) of Spirituality and Psychiatry (Royal College of Psychiatrists Press, 2009).
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Cheryl Hunt

Dr CHERYL HUNT
(Vice-President & Chief Editor of the JSS)

Cheryl worked in adult and community education for many years before taking up a post in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield. She subsequently moved to the University of Exeter where she has specialised in doctoral education and professional development programmes. Her interest in spirituality evolved from an exploration of the nature of community and from her work in the fields of lifelong learning and professional reflective practice. She has since published and lectured extensively on these matters. Cheryl is the Chief Editor of the Journal for the Study of Spirituality. Visit Profile

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Mrs HELEN McSHERRY
(Honorary Treasurer & Book Keeper)

Helen has diverse experience in project management, administration and book keeping having worked for a range of private businesses and voluntary sector organisations. Her interests in spirituality are broad and wide ranging encompassing religious and secular approaches. She has a special interest in the spirituality, vision and values of the St Vincent de Paul Society and is actively engaged in the work of a number of charitable organisations.

David Rousseau

Dr DAVID ROUSSEAU (BASS Secretary)

David Rousseau is Director of the Centre for Systems Philosophy, which promotes the use of Systems Philosophy as a methodology for addressing problems that require both scientific and philosophical analysis. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Systems Studies and a member of the Centre for Spirituality Studies, both at the University of Hull. He is an Honorary Research Fellow in the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and an Executive Member of BASS. David’s current research is focused on the unity of knowledge, the modelling of Nature, and the ontological foundations of spirituality.
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Linda Ross

Dr LINDA ROSS (Membership Secretary)

Linda has 25 years experience of researching and publishing on spiritual aspects of healthcare. Her PhD on nurses’ perceptions of spiritual care was the first study of its kind and size. She has over 30 publications including her book Spiritual Aspects of Nursing (1997) and Spiritual Assessment in Healthcare Practice (2010) which she edited with Wilf McSherry, with whom she also co-authored a chapter in the Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare (2012). She is currently developing teaching on spiritual care and supervises MPhil/PhD students. She was part of the RCN Spirituality Task & Finish Group, producing guidance on spiritual care for nurses. She is currently leading research investigating: end stage heart failure sufferers’ spiritual care needs; how student nurses can be educated to give spiritual care. Visit Profile

Wilf McSherry

Professor WILF McSHERRY

Wilf McSherry is Professor in Dignity of Care for Older People at Staffordshire University. After graduating from the University of Hull in 1992 with a BSc (Hons) in Nursing Sciences he worked for several years within clinical practice in a range of nursing specialities, including medicine, gastroenterology, palliative care and care of the older person. He moved into Higher Education in 1996. Together with colleagues at the University of Hull he set up the Centre for Spirituality Studies which he directed until talking up his current post in August 2008. His career in nursing continues to involve a combination of practice, education and research.
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Dr MICHAEL O’SULLIVAN

Dr Michael O’Sullivan has been a member of BASS since its birth. He is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education (SpIRE) (www.spiritualityinstitute.ie). He has been Director of the unique MA in Applied Spirituality in Ireland since 2005. He is a Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, South Africa, and a member of the Leadership Board of the Centre for the Academic Study of Christian Spirituality at the University of Zurich, the International Relations Committee of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality linked to the American Academy of Religion, and the Editorial Board of Spiritus. He is a Jesuit priest.
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John Swinton

Professor JOHN SWINTON

John Swinton is Professor of Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen. The foundation for much of his research and teaching emerged from his background in nursing, ministry and healthcare chaplaincy. He worked as a nurse for sixteen years initially within the field of mental health and latterly within the area of learning disabilities. He has also worked as a hospital chaplain, latterly as a community mental health chaplain. It was whilst working in these fields that he gained a passion for developing modes of care that are genuinely person centred and which take seriously the significance of theology, spirituality and religion within the processes of healing and community building.
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