Hannah Brock Womack
Hannah (she/her) is a Quaker with a background in international peace and antimilitarist campaigning. She's previously held many and varied roles within Quakers in Britain, including in spiritual and pastoral care, facilitation, and within campaigning and direct action groups e.g. for environmental justice and against the arms trade. For Quakers, she has sat on various ecumenical and interfaith bodies, and made a bit of a splash in 2019 when she was prevented from taking up a role as one of the six Presidents of Churches Together in England (CTE) because many member churches objected to a President in a same-sex marriage. She is still involved in CTE, with the encouragement of many allies, because she refuses to 'go quietly'!
Hannah was brought up in Baptist churches on the Isle of Wight and found Quakers as a young adult, partly because of their affirming stance towards her relationships and partly because of their unconventional way of doing things, based on the equality of all, which was unlike any other church culture she'd ever experienced. This recognition of equality is expressed in their form of worship, mode of decision-making and work in the world. Hannah now enjoys a fairly ecumenical life, being in a weekly small group made up mostly of Anglicans and attending Taize services when possible, alongside regular Quaker meetings for worship. She was delighted to be asked to be a OneBodyOneFaith trustee, which will complement her work as a member of the Interreligious Advisory Board of the Ozanne Foundation. For her, LGBTQ+ solidarity feels like a necessity, especially given the relatively privileged life she's led and the deep connections she sees between queer oppression and other social struggles including against war, for economic justice and for the rights of marginalised and displaced peoples.
Hannah's worked for and been the trustee of a range of small charities in the past, and currently sits on the board of Housmans, a radical bookshop in London. Her day job is as a Grants Officer for the grant-giving Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, where she works on the Peace and Security programme. She lives in Sheffield with her wife Annie and their dog Babs. She is a mother to Phoebe, who died within a few days of birth, but is still a light of her mums' lives.