David Pott is the founder of the project. David Pott worked for ten years in drug rehabilitation centres and detached youth work and then moved into teaching for 19 years. He was head teacher of two independent schools. David is a keen naturalist and a long distance walker. In 1997, he completed a 680 mile solo pilgrimage called Peregrinatio 97 commemorating the 1400th anniversary of St Columba and St Augustine. He has led several pilgrimages and walks with a reconciliation theme, such as the Offa’s Dyke Torch March along the ancient boundary between England and Wales.
Between 2000 and 2007 David led the Lifeline Expedition and the March of the Abolitionists – a series of reconciliation journeys in connection with the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade which has received widespread media attention. See www.lifelineexpedition.co.uk/mota. David is married to Pam. They have three children who are all married and rejoice in nine grandchildren.
Bernard Moss is Emeritus Professor of Social Work Education and Spirituality at Staffordshire University. Before his retirement he was also Director of the Centre for Spirituality and Health. He is very interested in developing the use of labyrinths in secular as well as religious ways for reflection, meditation, creativity and mindfulness. www.bernardmoss.org.uk
Chris Bailey – British Waterways (BW) – The Canal system in Cheshire and Staffordshire form a part of the route and are pleased to work with the group to encourage greater use of the canal towpaths. Chris has worked for BW for 35 years and is currently the Enterprise Manager , Central Shires Waterways. Chris is also vice chair of governors at his village’s primary school and a director and trustee of British Waterways Pension Fund.
Keith Challis is GIS and remote sensing manager for Birmingham Archaeology and a Research Fellow in the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity at the University of Birmingham. His research interests lay in the archaeological applications of airborne laser scanning and hyperspectral remote sening, use of GIS for archaeological and geological deposit modelling, particularly for archaeological prospection in alluvial landscapes and use of GIS for landscape analysis and cultural resource management. Outside of the UK Keith has pursued research into the use of high-resolution satellite remote sensing for archaeological prospection and landscape analysis in arid environments. Keith recent research has included the spatial modelling of second world war anti-aircraft artillery and the exploration of the use of computer games for visualisation of archaeological data (secondsiteresearch.blogspot.com).
Dr. Teeranlall Ramgopal or (Ram) to his friends, worked at Staffordshire University for almost fifteen years – started as an Associate Dean of the School of Health, to Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor until July 2011. As part of his various roles, he chaired the University’s Equality and Diversity Committee and represented the University on several local authority partnership boards, particularly in terms of community engagement and cohesion. Before joining the University he worked at the local Staffordshire General Infirmary for twenty-four years.