Rev'd Alan Griggs (aka The Boss)

Alan has been at RAD since July 2015, taking over from Graham Hinds who had been in post for over 10 years.   

Alan says, "As an Agricultural Chaplain I provide support to farmers and the wider agricultural community. It's a privilege supporting others, offering a listening ear when life doesn't always go to plan and things get tough. I find working at RAD extremely satisfying and rewarding and you never know what's coming next."

He's got a varied background with time spent working as a flooring contractor and at Heathrow Airport as well as working for over 10 years with the Derbyshire Probation Service. 

Alan completed his BSc in Third World Development in 2004 and was ordained in the Church of England in 2015 after studying for three years at St John's College in Nottingham. In his younger years he also spent time living in Israel, working on a fish farm on a Kibbutz and studying Hebrew. 

Alan brings his own character, skills and experience to the role and has been the driving force behind the growth of the project. He moved to Derbyshire after marring Louise, a farmers daughter, in 2001.  He, like many of the RAD team, loves family walks (with his Jack Russell Dexter) around Derbyshire and beyond. He has developed an understanding of the dedication and hard work that is involved in farming as well as the wider agricultural industry.

If you would like to contact Alan about the Agricultural Chaplaincy project, call him on his mobile 07710 088972 or the main office number (although Alan is normally out and about you will be able to leave a message for him) on 01629 592970 or email [email protected]

Emily Brailsford (Chaplain to Young Farmers)

Emily started at RAD on 1st August 2018 as Chaplain for young farmers, working with Alan Griggs to support young farmers and the wider agricultural community across Derbyshire. 

She lives near Matlock and is a married mum of three children so certainly has her hands full.

Emily says "I seem to have followed a roundabout route to essentially come back to where I started. I am the granddaughter of a farmer and spent my youth herding cattle on my horse. I then became a beauty therapist, then worked in a bank, trained as a Teaching Assistant and have now returned to the world of farming.

"My church life has also gone full circle. I attended Sunday School as a child but avoided church when a night out with my friends was more interesting. I came back to the church after the birth of my first child and last year was licensed as a Lay Reader in the Church of England. On the rare occasions I get any time to myself I like to spend it reading or doing embroidery."

If you would like to contact Emily, call her on her mobile 07594 088858 or the main office number (Emily is part-time and normally out and about, but you will be able to leave a message for her) on 01629 592970 or email [email protected].

Rev'd Professor Stella Mills (Associate Chaplain)

Working as a volunteer, Stella is a valuable member of the team working with farmers around South Derbyshire and beyond. Stella says: “Being a volunteer associate agricultural chaplain is extremely rewarding and enjoyable. The work is very variable from attending shows and helping to be the 'face' of the chaplaincy for the public to being a 'listening ear' for farmers and others associated with agriculture who are going through a tough time. Stella has been carrying out some important research into Mycoplasma bovis. A little-known but debilitating illness in livestock which can have a significant impact for farmers with affected livestock, emotionally as well as financial.

To contact Stella call her on 07486 314738 or email [email protected].

Confidential helpline:  07710 088972