Isobel Armstrong-Holmes is Senior Administrator for the Pastoral Support and Training teams. She organises the Pastoral Support Team’s conferences and events, manages their diaries and does the administration for coaching, supervision, counselling and occupational health. She also supports David Plews and helps to deliver the Study Leave programme.

Prior to working for the Church, Isobel was Practice Manager at a complementary health clinic in York, where she discovered her interest in the care professions and her love of working with and for people. The clinic’s practitioners taught her an integrated approach to mental and physical health, and managing their working environment taught her the importance of caring for the carers. That led her to thinking about the complexity of support networks and ultimately to her current role, where ‘caring for the carers’ involves supporting ministers, their partners and families, their colleagues, and the staff of the Pastoral Support Team

Isobel has a BA and MA in History of Art from the University of York. She spent a few years working on a PhD on medieval architecture, through which she developed research and project management skills that she uses daily. Despite leaving the PhD programme to move into the world of Pastoral Support, she maintains an active interest in medieval architecture, particularly churches with tea shops nearby.

Outside of work, Isobel also sings, plays the viola and spends as much time as possible by the sea.


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