“We are very pleased with the prayer space in our school. It worked out real depth, and shows who we are as a school. We’re always looking for opportunities to help the students to think about the meaning of life and the prayer space helps to form their identity. It’s an important consideration that I make everyday as manager: What suits this school at this time? The prayer space fits well within the task we have in the areas of socialization, personal development and civic education of our students. The prayer space was way more than just a quiet room. Often you see that those spaces are empty and not in use. But this time it was really alive."Bas Bastiaanse, School Director (Netherlands)



Phil Togwell lives on the North-East coast of England with his family (one wife, three daughters, two dogs). Phil trained and worked in a wide range of Youth & Community settings before serving as 24-7 Prayer's UK director for 7 years. He now leads the Prayer Spaces in Schools teams and the Diocese of Durham's Prayer Project. @philtogwell


Tandia Hughes is a qualified Youth Worker based in Redhill. Tandia has experience in both Church and Schools Youth Work. She competed in National level Sports Acrobatics (gymnastics) and has great admiration for the outdoors. Tandia runs the operations and communications for Prayer Spaces in Schools part time while also managing events for 24-7 Prayer. @tandiahughes



Catherine Clayton lives in London and heads up strategy for England for Prayer Spaces in Schools, supporting our networkers as they develop prayer spaces in their regions. Catherine organised her first prayer space in 2010, at that time she was a primary school teacher and on the senior leadership team for her school. After organising her first prayer space she left teaching to develop the idea in Oxfordshire where she saw well over 1/3 of the schools in the county have prayer spaces. During this time she set up BeSpace to enable the sustainability of the work. In her spare time she loves to swim and ski! 

Tim Abbott leads CYO, a youth and schools ministry, which (among other things) runs Sanctum prayer spaces in the Colchester area. He is married, has two sons, and plays bass. Tim has organised three town-wide 24-7 prayer rooms, one in a shop. He likes starting new things. @tim_abbott




Liz Ogborne was a Primary School teacher and RE Advisory Teacher before heading up Redland Education Centre in Bristol for 8 years, providing RE enrichment for local schools. She is now part of Bristol Schools Connection - a charity seeking to equip churches to serve the spiritual life of schools. Liz is married to Jon with 2 children. She loves playing netball and dancing to funky music




Charl Harman is the Director of Proximity: Schools and is one of the leaders of Proximity Church, part of the 24-7 Prayer Network. Charl is passionate about community transformation. Charl and the team in Stanford have been working in their local schools since 2011. Proximity Schools now partners with local businesses, the Council and has a broad network which reaches 100s of young people weekly through chaplaincy, alternative education, intervention programmes, after-schools clubs and mentoring.



Debbie Meehan lives in Ayr with her husband, Steve, and they have three grown-up sons. She is a secondary-school Maths teacher (the best subject) and she leads the Prayer Spaces in Schools Scotland team. Debbie loves laughing, blethering with friends over coffee and avoiding housework.





Emma Thompson is wife to Pete and mummy to Micah, and they live in Belfast with their first born child, Arthur the Pug. Originally from England, she has spent the last 10 years doing a bunch of youth work related activity and now works with 24-7 Prayer Ireland co-ordinating Prayer Spaces in Schools, and along with Pete heads up a church community in the West of the city. @missemmabriony




Jana Nimmo lives in Marburg with her husband Jonny, and their two children Paul and Lene. She works for Schüler SMD, and co-ordinates prayer spaces in Germany one day-a-week. "I believe PrayerSpaces is something that we really need in our German schools". You can contact Jana directly via email.





Silvana Cardona lives in Malta with her husband and four daughters. She has been an educator for  30 years, half of which teaching in centres for young people with challenging behaviour. Silvana co-ordinates the prayer spaces team in Malta together with Fr Reuben. The team have supported  around 200 prayer space in schools, seminars, youth organisations, family retreats, Summer schools and in St John’s Co Cathedral during the State of Europe forum. Silvana loves writing, swimming and being with her family. You can contact Silvana by email


Fr Reuben Gauci lives in Malta. Fr Reuben was ordained as a Catholic priest in 2006. Fr Reuben currently works with educators, children and young people through schools and a non-governmental organisation called ZAK. Between 2006 and 2010, Fr Reuben served in a parish and in the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission. fr Reuben has pioneered prayer spaces across Malta alongside Silvana. You can contact Fr Reuben by email