KEYNOTE SPEAKER 2018 – Reverend Richard Coles
Cleric, broadcaster and former Communard.
Richard co-presents BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live and BBC One’s The Big Painting Challenge. He is a regular contributor to panel shows such as QI , Would I Lie To You? and Have I Got News For You. He is Parish Priest of St Mary’s Church, Finedon.
In his late teens – partly due to being homosexual in an extremely hostile time during the Seventies, where life seemed to offer only disgrace – Richard took a drug overdose and ended up in a psychiatric hospital. He subsequently moved to London to work as a session musician in theatre. In 1983, Richard joined pop group Bronski Beat as a sax player where he met Jimmy Somerville. The following year, Jimmy and Richard left to form The Communards.
Richard now lives with his civil partner David, also a priest, in their vicarage. Often described as Britain’s most famous vicar, Richard was the inspiration for the main character in the BBC hit comedy Rev, a programme for which he also served as consultant.
THE NAViGO PROJECT OF THE YEAR 2018
The winning entry, as voted for by the membership, will have the support of NAViGO.
As always, we are accepting entries from ALL our members, both staff and community.
All projects will be assessed via an application form which will then be shortlisted (to a maximum of six) by NAViGO Senior Managers before going forward to the membership vote on AGM day (September 26th).
We are exciting to announce this years shortlisted projects are…
- Gateway to better health care
- Older People’s Assessment, Treatment, and Social Therapy Centre
- Restoring our Veteran’s Mental Health – developing a gold-standard service to meet the need
- WHISe Choices: to a Healthier Lifestyle