About the author



This is an extract from the Summer 2014 newsletter of Being Alongside:

It is a great honour to be appointed Chairman of any organisation , let alone one so inspiring as  Being Alongside / APCMH.  For those of you who have never heard of me I was born in 1954 , brought up in the Cotswolds , educated at Eton and Christ Church , Oxford. Such a gilded youth was squandered  by a predeliction for marijuana which led to several psychotic episodes involving stays at The Priory and Springfield  –  whilst my peers were prospering I was running an organic bakery , then a drop-in centre for Hammersmith & Fulham MIND and latterly mini-cabbing.

child_readingAn avid reader at an early age

I first came across the wonderful work of APCMH in Autumn 1995 , meeting Jeremy Boutwood , Pam Freeman and John Vallatt at a Guild of Health seminar.  Jeremy lent me his copy of Jean Vanier’s The Broken Body . May I quote from my thank-you letter to him at that time …

‘ It beats me how so very few people within the Church really want to know … APCMH should be a vast concern with a cast of thousands ! There is so much emotional / spiritual distress in our world that committed Christians could address … If the Church fails you  –  God help you ; which fortunately He does ! ‘

Although never successful as a businessman I have managed to walk hundreds of miles across the United Kingdom , have journeyed overland from the top to the bottom of the Americas , from London to Nepal and back through Iran and Afghanistan . As a result I now speak four languages passably plus a smattering of many others.


At Glastonbury, having walked from Winchester via Salisbury 

Whatever you do in life do it to the best of your ability . I shall endeavour to live up to that maxim as your new Chairman.

Jamie Summers  Incoming Chair

ChristeningAll my sisters and cousins after my christening 
at Bourton-on-the-Hill, Gloucestershire

4 thoughts on “About the author”

    1. Hello Robert,

      These girls are my sisters Anne, Carole and Katherine (Kitten), full cousins Jennifer and Clarissa Hammond-Maude and I suppose half-cousins (different grandfather) Sarah and Tessa Smyly.


  1. Thanks for your Christmas card. Just wondering whether or not you still have your email account which starts ajpsummers? I sent you a festive e-card, did you receive it? Best wishes. Mark & Michael.

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