The St Giles’ Centre has two core members of staff, Libby Jones and Tania ap Siôn. Libby and Tania initiate and develop curriculum and research projects, as well as working collaboratively with other experts involved in the fields of education and RE/RVE around Wales, the UK and Europe.
Libby Jones is the Advisory Teacher for Religious Education in Wrexham, employed by Wrexham County Borough Council. She is a Humanities and Religious Education specialist, holding a BA (Hons) in Humanities from Birmingham University, a PGCE in Secondary Religious Education from Coventry University, and an MA in Religion and Education from the University of Wales. Libby has over 20 years teaching experience, and for the majority of that time she has taught RE within the Wrexham County Borough. Libby is local to North East Wales and supports both local and national interfaith and RE-related groups. She is also an active member of national and international organisations concerned with religious education, and currently advises and supports Welsh Government on the development of religious education within the Curriculum for Wales 2022. Libby has been working at the St Giles’ Centre since its inauguration in 2012.
Tania ap Siôn
Tania ap Siôn is a North Wales based religious education specialist and theologian who has been working in these fields for over 25 years, leading and developing programmes at BA, BEd, MA, PGCE primary and secondary level, as well as research degree level. She has held academic posts in Wales and England, including the universities of Bangor, Glyndwr, Warwick, and currently (as Reader of Religions, Humanities and Education) at Bishop Grosseteste University. She is also Honorary Executive Director of the St Mary’s Centre, Wales. As an active researcher in religion and education with membership of national and international academic and professional societies concerned with religion, education and values, she recognises the importance of connecting research and educational practice. Tania has originated curriculum resources for both primary and secondary RE in Wales and has been closely involved with the development of RE in the Curriculum for Wales 2022. She has worked collaboratively with the St Giles’ Centre since its inception, and in October 2020 Tania became a core member of staff at the Centre in partnership with Bishop Grosseteste University.