The teams

The Coordinating Chaplains

Andrew Goodman and Cass Howes

Bedford campus, Revd Cassandra Howes

I am an ordained Methodist Minister and have worked as a University chaplain in a number of different universities since 1987. I enjoy working with students and staff in an educational setting and I coordinate the Community and Faith team based in SeedBeds.

My career prior to entering Christian ministry was in nursing. First as a psychiatric nurse then in general nursing and as an operating theatre sister.

I have academic qualifications in art and design and art therapy and am keen to explore the links between spirituality and wellbeing, often using art materials.

I am an interfaith practitioner and am currently chair of the Bedford Council of Faiths and I am the Interfaith Adviser for the Beds. Herts. and Essex Methodist District. I have a postgraduate diploma in Inter-religious Relations.

I am interested in the interface between sport and spirituality and social work and spirituality and in introducing the practice of labyrinth walking into Learning and Teaching.

I am also the coordinator the local Clergy emergency response team and a Bedfordshire emergency response volunteer. 

When I am not doing all or some of the above I enjoy reading a good book.

Luton campus, Revd Andrew Goodman

I’m an Anglican priest and I coordinate the Treehouse team. As a diverse team we really like the buzz of meeting people with different cultures, faiths and beliefs and working on projects together to have fun, learn from each other and achieve things that are going to help make a better world.

Personally I started out as a social worker with children and families, including practice teaching, and then worked in training and human resources. I worked for 6 months as a chaplain at Aston University and I enjoyed working with staff and students so much I decided to become a chaplain.

I’m interested in storytelling, pilgrimage, Celtic Christianity and contemplative spirituality, inner healing, and working with dreams.

I enjoy activities with my family and friends such as eating out, camping, cycling, swimming, walking my dog Finn and watching films, a bit of gardening. I like making websites, and tinkering with guitar and hand-drumming on the bodhran and djembe. I also serve on the management committee of a small charity.


Bedford campus

SeedBeds Community & Faith Centre
University of Bedfordshire
S0.02 building
MK41 9EA
T: +44 (0)1234 793177

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Aylesbury campus (Stoke Mandeville)
Community & Faith Team
Aylesbury Campus
Stoke Mandeville Hospital
Mandeville Road
HP21 8AL

Luton campus

Treehouse Community & Faith Centre
University of Bedfordshire
Vicarage Street
T: +44 (0)1582 743360

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Milton Keynes campus
Community & Faith Team
2nd Floor Exchange House
Midsummer Boulevard
Milton Keynes

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