The team

The Rebuilding Bridges conference is an initiative to bring together people who are committed to restoring Bishop Bell’s place in history, for the future.

Joanna Bogle DSG is an author, lecturer, historian, and broadcaster. Her books include historical biographies, the latest telling the story of Brigettine nuns who hid Jews in their convent in Rome in WW2.  Her Book of Seasons and Celebrations with ideas on celebrating the traditional feasts of the Christian year, became a successful TV series in the USA. Married to a lawyer and living in London, Mrs Bogle is currently Visiting Research Fellow at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. She also lectures at the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham. She was appointed a Dame of St Gregory by Pope Benedict XVI in 2013.

Speaker: Rev’d Dr Jules Gomes (BA, BD, MTh, PhD) is a journalist and academic. He writes the weekly Rebel Priest column for The Conservative Woman. Jules worked as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Mumbai. He was awarded his doctorate by the University of Cambridge. He taught at the United Theological College, London School of Theology and Liverpool Hope University. He has written five books and was Dwelly Raven Canon at Liverpool Cathedral and Canon Theologian at the Isle of Man Cathedral. He is pastor of St Augustine’s Church (Anglican) on the Isle of Man. Jules enjoys philosophy, literature, art, classical and jazz music, target shooting, as well as motorcycling.

Co-ordinator: Richard W. Symonds (MCIPD) established the Bell Society – not to be confused with the George Bell Group. He is co-writing a biography on philosopher C.E.M. Joad. His main interests are Christian philosophy and Motivation. Richard describes himself as: “a man of many parts, most of which don’t work – especially the ears.” He is deaf, so there will be Communication Support, which may also help others with similar communication difficulties.

For any further information or clarification, please contact Richard at any time by emailing or by text to 07540 309592 (Text only – Very deaf)

Co-ordinator: Sandra Saer is a poet and writer, as well as editor and publisher of SMH Books. Her company offers a small list of country- and Christian-orientated books, including Flowers in the Window – a collection of life-enriching memories and illustrations, mainly contributed by friends at the Parish and Priory Church of St Nicholas, where Sandra worships, and assists at Services. She is the head of a large Christian family.

Contact Sandra at: or on 01903 884968.