The North Division of Derbyshire Police covers the areas of Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, Bolsover, High Peak, Derbyshire Dales and Amber Valley. Our chaplains cover various Local Policing Units (LPU).
Alfreton (Amber Valley LPU): Mrs Ami Lindo
Amber Valley (NR): Minster David Lindo
Ashbourne (Derbyshire Dales LPU): The Revd Mair Bradley
Bolsover (North East LPU): The Revd Rachel Gouldthorpe
Buxton (Glossop contact) (High Peak LPU): The Revd John Fountain
Buxton (High Peak LPU): The Revd Chris Andrew
Chesterfield (Chesterfield LPU): Mr Mark Ratcliffe
Chesterfield Criminal Justice: Rev Toyin Taiwo
Alfreton (Amber Valley LPU):
Mrs Ami Lindo
Ami is our Police and Fire Lead Chaplain and has spent 3 years serving Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service as a Fire Chaplain before becoming the Lead of both services in July 2017.
As Lead Chaplain, Ami is responsible for covering the welfare and spiritual needs across both services, co-ordinating Police and Fire Chaplains on behalf of Workplace Chaplaincy Derbyshire.
Ami can be reached 24 hours a day 7 days a week using the details here and can be found in the Equality’s and Inclusions department at Ripley Police and Fire Headquarters every Tuesday and Thursday.
Ami moved to Derbyshire in 2013 with her husband David after living and working in the Peoples Republic of China. During her time In China Ami worked as an English teacher and gave her time working for a Beijing based Christian organisation which provides long term foster care for abandoned children with visual impairments and other physical and learning disabilities.
On her return to the UK in September 2012, Ami married her long standing friend of 18 years and followed him to a Methodist Seminary in the Derbyshire Dales where they spent 4 years building upon their Ministerial training which they received through the Millennium Pentecostal organisation (once a part of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World).
During this season they welcomed their son Ezekiel into the world and are currently expecting their second child who will make her arrival In Oct 2017.
Alongside providing support for both services Ami Continues to support her husband's Nottingham based Ministry, The Reservoir of Hope.
Tel: 07905 301723 or Email:
Amber Valley (NR):
Minster David Lindo
I am a current serving Minister at a Nottingham fellowship called The ‘Reservoir of Hope’ which was established in January 2017 by myself and two other Ministers from the Millennium Pentecostal organisation. Prior to our church plant, I was a serving minister at New Light Millennium City Church in Nottingham for 6 years and was released by my Bishop to church plant in Nottingham in December of 2016.
I am married to Ami and together we have a two-year-old son Ezekiel and one on the way. I am an avid Arsenal Football fan and would most likely have continued in my chosen career as a professional footballer had I not have had a life changing God encounter.
The Chaplaincy team are delighted to welcome our newest chaplain who is now on hand to support all staff across the Amber Valley Division.
Tel: 07388 920158 or Email:
Ashbourne (Derbyshire Dales LPU):
The Revd Mair Bradley
Rev'd Mair Bradley is an Ordained Minister in the East Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church and currently Minister at Long Eaton United Reformed Church, Derbyshire.
Although Mair has served as a Police Chaplain at Ashbourne since 2001, she also took on the role at Derby in 2007.
Mair enjoys her role as Police Chaplain. She sees her role as supporting, and realises the value of building relationships, friendships and trust with all officers and staff. It is a great privilege to "simply be there" for them.
Tel: 07887 620130 or Email:
Bolsover (North East LPU):
My Name is Rachel Gouldthorpe and I am currently the Vicar of Bolsover in Derbyshire.
I became police chaplain to the Bolsover Division at the end of 2012.
The Revd Rachel Gouldthorpe
I was born in Chesterfield and lived there for the first 18 years of my life. I left School at 16 and did a Public Services course at Clowne for 2 years. At that time I was interested in joining the Police or Fire Service, but they weren’t recruiting. I decided to get some work and life experience and moved down to Brighton to work with the homeless for a year. I ended up doing it for 13 years! I mainly worked with people with addictions, mental illness, physical and learning disabilities.
I was ordained 10 years ago and was the vicar in a parish on the outskirts of Brighton for the last 7 years. I moved to Bolsover in 2012.
Tel: 01246 824888 or Email:
Buxton (Glossop contact) (High Peak LPU):
The Revd John Fountain
I was ordained in 1994 to serve in the Church of England in my local parish in Suffolk as a non-stipendiary minister. Just like a special constable, that is unpaid; whilst I continued in the legal profession. I had to explain to the bishop that my allegiance to the Church of England was more a matter of geography than theology; in other words I believe in the importance of community and the Parish Churches which relate to that.
My working life started as cadet at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. I subsequently flew Vulcan Mk2 and the Canberra as a Pilot. Interspersed with flying I had tours as an Account officer, Staff Officer (teaboy) and as an Adjutant at RAF Cottesmore where I had command of the Police flight and met Gerald the Chaplain - which is the reason I’m here!
Gerald was notable for simply being there for all ranks, simply a friend; what he did not do was to get in the way of those hard pressed nor did he overtly preach his faith, save on Sundays or when asked. He was the inspiration that lead to me being ordained and an example I follow as a chaplain.
a solicitor by default; my wife counselled me against training as a doctor
when I left the Royal Air Force. I retired from the law in
2012 having served some nine and a half years as a Tribunal Judge sitting
in Manchester in what is now known as the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal.
to sitting as a full time Judge I served as a part time District Judge
in the South Eastern Circuit whilst I practised as a solicitor in what
firm in Suffolk. I remain committed to the principles of justice and
fairness which were my guiding principles as a Judge.
Tel: 01298 85009 or Email:
Buxton (High Peak LPU):
The Revd Chris Andrew
I grew up in a Cheshire farming family. After studying for a degree in Applied Social Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, my career developed in the field of marketing and PR. I subsequently read theology at Cardiff University whilst training for ordination at St Michael’s College. During that time I was also an assistant chaplain at HMP Cardiff. I served my curacy in the Diocese of Bradford and I currently assist in the Buxton Team Parish. My interests include running workshops on public speaking, dabbling in antiques and I formerly rode motocross competitively.
Likes: The New Statesman (Rik Mayall); theological reflection; steak and chips.
Dislikes: Bullying of any kind; being told why things can’t be done; tinned tomatoes.
I am delighted to be taking on the role of a chaplain to Derbyshire police, which I see as resting on the twin pillars of impartiality and accessibility.
Tel: 07392 812444 or Email:
Chesterfield (Chesterfield LPU):
Mr Mark Ratcliffe
Having served in the Royal Air Force for over 23 years; and having volunteered with GMP as a “Special”, I feel I can add something to the force. My background in Chaplaincy is more Hospital/Hospice based, although I did some placements/work experience as a Chaplaincy in Men’s, Women’s , Youth Prison’s and Air Training Corps.
During my time in the Royal Air Force I served in Northern Ireland, Falklands, Bosnia and Kuwait. Before I joined the Royal Air Force I had a short stint with the Royal Military Police.
I am a keen England and Manchester City Football Fan and before I got married I used to travel the world watching England. Presently I am a massive fan of “Game of Thrones” on Sky TV.
At presently I am a member of the North Wingfield Team Ministry. I enjoy the challenge of working with people in the context in which they spend the greater amount of their lives. I believe Police Chaplains are able to represent the Church to the world in a very unique way.
I have worked in inter-faith situations and I believe Chaplaincy deals increasingly with occupations with complex moral questions such as Police Chaplains. Part of my spare volunteer time is spent as a relief teaching assistant in my daughter’s school.
My wife is disabled and she suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, though that does not stop her going on thrill rides at Alton Towers! I have a daughter who is ten years old thinking she is sixteen years old.
Tel: 01246 853901 or Email:
Chesterfield Criminal Justice:
Rev Toyin Taiwo
I admired people in uniform so much that I married one and we have two lovely “adults”.
I trained as a geologist and worked in the oil industry for 12 years. I was ordained in 1997 to serve in RCCG Church Network as a non-stipendiary minister after the completion of my Theology course. I resigned my job in 1998 to raise my then young family and to pay more attention to the church work. I have since trained as a professional listener (Counsellor) and a professional “Parenting coach” licensed to facilitate parenting courses. I am presently the minister at Grace Chapel in Chesterfield Town Centre.
I love singing and dancing (not that I am good at the latter), reading and watching films, cooking and eating. I used to be an athlete but exercising is now wishful thinking which hopefully would soon actualize.
Many thanks and looking forward to meeting you soon.