My passion is seeing people fulfil their potential, enhancing their wellbeing and resourcefulness. I believe in helping people make a bigger difference in their world as they become more authentically who they are.
I enjoy working 1-to-1 with people whether in mentoring, coaching, spiritual accompanying, developing writing skills or academic support and supervision (up to PhD level). With organizations my desire is to see them become places where their staff flourish more fully as they become more aware as to what barriers may be that prevent this.
I am an experienced and creative educator, trainer, researcher, mentor, coach, author, editor and practical theologian and draw on all these experiences and skills in my freelance work. I have worked in higher education, with third sector and faith organisations and with the NHS.
I am customer focused working hard to provide a bespoke product for the particular context. I am skilled at raising awareness of issues and helping people see how to apply their new knowledge or skills into their situation.
I have particular expertise in practical theology, shame, Christian youth work and youth ministry, reflective practice and theological reflection, supporting learning in the workplace, collaborative ministry, spirituality, spiritual care and chaplaincy with children and young people, and qualitative research.
I have qualifications in teaching in schools and higher education and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy as well as having a Masters degree in education. I am a practical theologian with two doctorates in practical theology, one youth work focused, the other on shame in the church. I am an Anglican self-supporting priest licensed to an outer estate church in Birmingham. I am a qualified Myers Briggs practitioner.
Outside of work I am passionate about sport particularly supporting Spurs, play golf, am a companion of the Northumbria Community, trustee of two charities, enjoy good coffee, dark chocolate and sourdough bread.
(for individuals, small or large groups) which draws on my research, professional and academic writing in a range of topics including:
I consult in these main areas: shame in the workplace, enhancing wellbeing in the workplace through regenerative practice, youth ministry and ministry more generally, higher education and learning, work with children and young people, and chaplaincy with children and young people. Happy to discuss anything from an initial half-day to a regular contract such as my role with the Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care.
I support people who want to develop their self-awareness, build a more sustainable work life balance, develop their writing, explore a broader range of spiritual practices, develop as a reflective practitioner, want non-managerial supervision and support.
I facilitate individuals and small groups and offer both Christian and spiritual rather than religious options.
I help people who want to discover more about a particular area by working with them to design and deliver a research project and writing a report from the research and this can include training others to be involved in research.
I have reviewed books for a range of peer reviewed journals including International Journal of Practical Theology, Modern Believing, Christian Education, Journal of Youth and Theology as well as been a peer reviewer for a range of articles in practical theology, chaplaincy, spiritual care and youth ministry, Publons has a list of the most recent.
Sally led a webinar for Chaplains in various institutions – prison, University, hospital, fire service, police, rural – across Coventry and Warwickshire in which she opened up some theology around shame, involving study of the scriptures. She then went on to explore the pastoral and liturgical implications of this. Sally used examples from her own experience to highlight how damaging shame can be and she invited a reengagement with the creation narratives, in particular, to see how imago dei could be a theological starting point for a more pastoral approach to shame and healing. Sally was a clear speaker who, despite the limitations of zoom, was able to engage and stimulate her audience and she gave much food for reflection for our chaplains.
Sally has been foundational to the work and mission of CYM and formational to many of the youth workers in the UK today. As the editor of the Grove youth series, she has pushed the wider youth ministry conversation forward. British youth work is indebted to Sally’s thoughtful writing, attentive training, and professional practice.
I have known Sally now for over 20 years and count her amongst the very best. She combines high-level professional insight and practice, academic rigour, and great integrity. She has very wide-ranging experience across a whole variety of disciplines and subject matters, and always manages to pitch her contributions in ways others find accessible, inspiring and developmental. I could go on about her strengths and gifts, but I'd prefer to say that I haven't heard anyone ever say anything negative about anything she does - other than she supports Spurs!
I have worked closely with Sally Nash for many years and have found the depth of her knowledge and understanding in the fields of youth and children’s ministry to be inspirational. She is an innovative thinker, a profound theologian and a compassionate leader. She is able to communicate complex and challenging issues in ways relevant to her audience, encouraging them in their own calling. I have worked with her in developing Chaplaincy with children and young people and believe that her work in this field has helped in ensuring a significant place for chaplaincy in wider youth ministry. She has a missional heart and a Christlike character. I can commend her to you without reservation and with great enthusiasm.
I have known the work of Dr Sally Nash, both personally and through the
testimony of others. My own encounters were through the world of Christian
youthwork and ministry. Dr Nash in her work challenges us to reflect in various
ways on practice and how this works out in relation to Christian faith and
practice both as an individual and as community but also outside also as the
skills are transferable.
Over two years ago I was grateful to attend a Management and Supervision course that has been really helpful in my previous role as a youth adviser for a Diocese, and now as an ordinand (Training to be a clergyperson) in how I and my current supervisor have a positive working relationship and using the supervision process positively. This course was one that has helped processes and practices that are often not given the attention needed in working relationships, particularly faith communities.
Dr Nash skilfully got us to reflect on our role whether as Supervisor or Supervisee. Her creativity was also extremely helpful for visual and non-visual learners. I would have no hesitation in recommending Dr Nash in training and facilitation, moving participants forward in their own development and those around them benefitting also.
Sally and I collaborated together to run a session on mentoring and vulnerability. Her research on the topic as well as her own modelling of appropriate vulnerability helped to make it a rich and insightful session. Sally is a good listener and communicator and her organised approach made her a pleasure to work with.
Sally Nash walks her talk..... over many years I have seen her engage with complex concerns, be honest about her struggles, and seek to find an authentic way to traverse life. Sally's use of Marker Posts from the Pilgrim way onto Holy Island is powerful, responding to the rhythms of the natural world and our own needs. I warmly commend Sally's training to you.
Sally has decades of experience training youth and children’s workers at all levels from volunteers to post graduate students. She is always incredibly well informed, drawing on the latest research and making it engaging and relevant to the learners. She has also written and edited many of the recent core texts in this area.
She champions practical theology for practice, enabling people to express their faith in their values and actions. She helps people think more sharply and love more deeply in their work.
Sally Nash is a priest, pastor, educator, theologian, thinker, reflector, and practitioner. Sally is an astute practitioner who gives careful and wise advice. I am going to ask her to work with me because I know that I will get honest and considered opinions that will challenge and help me to think outside of the box.
Sally is that rare gift that embodies theory and practice. Please give working with her consideration - you will not regret it.
I have read many of Sally’s books and attended some of her training. Her style of writing and in-person presentation is accessible, reflective, well-informed and draws on her own experience. I recommend Sally highly as a writer, trainer and facilitator.