John Belham-Payne RIP (Founder)
John was Doreen Valiente's last High Priest. He inherited all of Doreen's magical artefacts including Gerald Gardner's book of Shadows (Text A) and Doreen's own Books of Shadows. John donated this collection to the Doreen Valiente Foundation which was formed in 2011
Emlyn Price, Chair, Doreen Valiente Foundation
Emlyn has been a member of the DVF for a number of years and a Trustee and Chair since November 2019. Emlyn comes from a background in Local Government and Utilities where he specialised in Business Resilience, Threat Intelligence and Anti Terrorism. He brings to the organisation knowledge across a number of areas including policy design and implementation, financial and business resilience.
Emlyn is a 2nd Degree Gardnerian witch of the Whitecroft tradition and has been a Craft practitioner for about 43 years.
When not engaged in D.V.F. business, he can be found pursuing his hobbies which include photography, reading and astronomy.
Rachel Stimson FCA, Trustee Doreen Valiente Foundation
Rachel is a Chartered Accountant and Finance Director. She has worked for a number of global businesses and brings a wide range of experience in assisting organisations to grow through innovation while producing robust business plans. As a former charities auditor, Rachel is familiar with the legal and financial framework within which charities have to operate.
Rachel lives in Gloucestershire with her husband and an overly familiar cat called Ronnie.
Professor Ronald Hutton, Trustee, Doreen Valiente Foundation
Professor Hutton took his first two degrees at Cambridge and his doctorate at Oxford, where he held his first post as a Fellow of Magdalen College.
In 1981 he moved to Bristol University, where he attained the position of Professor of History in 1996 and still serves in it. He has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries, the Learned Society of Wales and the British Academy.
He is also a Trustee of English Heritage. He is a regular contributor to history programmes, debates and podcasts in the mass media, and is the author of sixteen books and of eighty-one articles in academic journals.
He has two main areas of expertise: the early modern period in Britain, and the history of ancient and modern paganism and beliefs concerning magic and witchcraft.
Julia (Julie) Belham-Payne, Trustee, Doreen Valiente Foundation
Julia was educated at various locations including Guernsey, Sussex, and London.
Now retired from nursing, having been a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, certificate in Mental Health nursing. Going on to nursing management, and eventually owning and running a small residential home for people with learning disabilities, plus a small award winning bed and breakfast in Sussex.
She founded the Centre For Pagan Studies in 1995 with her husband John Belham-Payne (RIP Feb 15th 2016). With Doreen Valiente as the patron.
Doreen passed on in 1999 and she bequeathed her collection of artefacts and hand written books connected with witchcraft and magic to John, Julie’s husband. From that time Julie and John, along with 3 others, created a trust for the curating and care of these objects and called it the "Doreen Valiente Foundation".
Julie is an active trustee of the Foundation, and manages much of the day to day work under the leadership of Chair, Emlyn Price
Having moved to Spain in 2000 and becoming a widow in 2016 Julie now supports herself by renting her Spanish villa - aptly named “Villa Magica”.
In her spare time, Julie follows her passion for music of all sorts, mainly blues and jazz, enjoying live concerts, also enjoying touring around Andalucia and writing her blog :Secrets of Iberia Julie is studying to become a meditation teacher and a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
She speaks 3 languages English, Spanish and French
Rufus Harrington, Trustee, Doreen Valiente Foundation
Is a consultant Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. He is Director of Cognitive Behavioural Studies at the University of Cumbria and has trained over 200 psychotherapists to work for the NHS.
He provides Occupational Health services to Cumbria Constabulary and has recently achieved national recognition winning an Oscar Kilo award for his innovative Wiser Mind Resilience training programme. He runs his own private clinic and consultancy providing psychological services. Rufus was initiated in 1983 and has been very active in both Wiccan and Pagan communities ever since.
He was Vice president of the Pagan Federation, co-founder of the London open seasonal rituals, and helped establish pagan chaplaincy in the prison service and worked as a prison chaplain
Rufus is a well known speaker and workshop leader in the pagan and magical communities. He has initiated and trained people from all walks of life. He now teaches Hermetic and Wiccan meditation skills to the Pagan and magical communities from an on-line platform teaching students all over the world.
He met Doreen when he interviewed her for the Pagan Federation magazine Pagan Dawn. They became friends and they shared circle together.
Rufus was delighted to become a Trustee of the DVF seeing this as a way to honour Doreen’s memory, preserve her legacy and continue her work serving and inspiring the Wiccan, Pagan and Magical communities throughout the world.
Isobel Andrade, Trustee, Doreen Valiente Foundation
Born in 1960 in Lisbon, with an happy childhood even though she differed from other children, something that did not prevent her from knowing how to live between the worlds: the world of people and the world beyond. Very early she discovered the divinatory arts, and at the age of eighteen she was nicknamed by the press "Portugal's youngest seer". Not appreciating the limelight and knowing that her different beliefs would be looked at as taboo, she withdraws from the social media, immersing in the investigation and experimental practice of ancient polytheistic rituals, trying to reach something she "knew" through the feeling of remembrance ... Years later wanted the Destiny she met several people with similar interests in another country at a time when there was no internet, and was introduced to a few British witches and discovered there was an organised cult. Years later Isobel become a Gardnerian wiccan high-priestess, first by Jessie Bell and later the other degrees by Lois and Wilfred Bourne, who were close friends, something made public only many years later. Even today, despite being known, she keeps traditions closed according to her vows, without neglecting her Lusitanian ancestry and the Mediterranean cults to which she dedicated several years. At the age of 60 Isobel accepted the challenge and wrote her first book "Memorias de uma Feiticeira". Because not everyone has the characteristics to follow an initiation path, in the 90 Ìs the emergence of Paganism demanded an answer, so with her husband Thorg, they created the Lunar Circle of Lusitania (1994-2004) the first pagan group to work in Portugal. In 1996 she accepted the challenge of representing the Pagan Federation in Portugal, and is still in office. In 2001, she co-founded with Thorg the current Polytheistic Congregation, the first Portuguese pagan association, promoting the study and research of European pre-Christian religions, and the practice of the beliefs and traditions that integrate contemporary Paganism. They develop actions in the social and humanitarian sphere, ecological awareness and interreligious dialogue. In 2012 received the Honorary Member Certificate from the Center For Pagan Studies UK, for the work on behalf of the wider pagan community. In 2014, she was invited by Universidade Lusófona, to represent Polytheism in interreligious dialogue, being a Member of the Consultative Committee of the Science of Religions Area (FCSEA / ULHT) PT. In 2016, it was with regret and a deep sense of responsibility, that she accepted the invitation to become a Trustee of the Doreen Valiente Foundation UK.
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