// Murray Watts
Murray Watts is the Founder and Director of The Wayfarer Trust. A well-known British playwright and screenwriter, Murray is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Miracle Maker, and the screenwriter for the film of the same name, featuring Ralph Fiennes and Julie Christie. An animated film on the life of Jesus, The Miracle Maker, was the top-rated TV movie for ABC Network during the Easter season of 2000 and has been viewed by millions around the world. Watts is also the author of the best-selling The Bible for Children, which has been translated into more than 20 languages, and the screenwriter for KJB, The Book That Changed the World, directed by Norman Stone (Shadowlands), and featuring John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings). Watts was a co-founder of Riding Lights Theatre Company. With his company, Wayfarer Productions, Watts recently launched three new theatre productions which appeared to wide acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, including Mr. Darwin’s Tree, The Kiss and First Light. All three plays transferred to the King's Head Theatre London.
// Monique Sliedrecht
Monique Sliedrecht is a painter who, alongside her art, has also has worked with the Wayfarer Trust long-term. She is well-known to Wayfarers through international travel and arts conferences and hospitality events at Freswick. Monique comes from a Dutch-Canadian background and has been the main link for Wayfarer to North America and Holland. She is also one of the organisers of the Wayfarer Arts Conference. Monique is the Creative Director of The Wayfarer Trust and was the first Wayfarer Fellow at St John’s College, Durham – a post which began in October 2015.
// Jez Carr
Jez Carr has been a co-organiser of the Wayfarer Arts Conference. He is a musician and sound engineer, who has recently been ordained. Jez is now curate in a church in Victoria, B.C., Canada, where he and his wife, Miriam, and son, Asher, have moved to. We miss them! Jez is well known in Keswick Convention circles for his successful creation of the fringe event, The Keswick Unconvention – a popular spiritual and artistic offering at an annual Christian gathering that dates back to the Nineteenth Century.
Val and Mark Turner //
Val and Mark Turner have been chaplains to the Wayfarer Arts Conferences in recent years.
They both have a background in art and education. Val was a parish priest for some years before she and Mark opened a beautiful retreat centre on the banks of the river Wye in Hereford called Apples of Silver, which is now a venue for some Wayfarer retreats.