Rosemarie has lived in the United Kingdom for most of her life, after moving here from Barbados as a child. As an adult she has lived for substantial periods in West and East Africa as well as back in Barbados. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in History and French from Sussex University and a Doctorate in Sociology from Warwick University, she has a diploma in Theology from Canterbury Christ Church University. In the past, she worked as a research officer in Tanzania, a research consultant in Ethiopia, and a research fellow in the United Kingdom and in Barbados, on issues of gender, ethnicity, health and development.
Before ordination as a Priest in the Church of England, she worked for over 12 years as a medical sociologist and senior research scientist for the Medical Research Council based at the Institute of Psychiatry in Camberwell, in the area of ethnicity and mental health specializing in psychiatry and psychology, as it pertained to the African-Caribbean family and community.
She is currently the Vicar of St. John’s Church, Angell Town in Brixton, London and also Head of the Southwark Diocesan Social Justice and Public Policy Department. At Diocesan level, she is an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral, the Chair of the House of Clergy of Diocesan Synod, a Trustee of Together Southwark and Chair the Kingston Area Minority Ethnic Anglicans Concerns Committee.
At national level, she is a member of the General Synod of the Church of England, and one of the panel chairs of synod sessions. She also serves on a number of national church committees. She is deeply interested in issues of Faith in Public Life and in issues of ethnicity and inclusion in general. She is also interested in young people and education for life, is the Chair of Governors at St John’s Primary School,
Angell Town, Brixton, and a governor of St Martin’s int he Field High School for Girls, Tulse Hill, London.
Community activism has always been part of her life and she has been involved in this in every place she lived and worked. Brixton is no different and she has been involved in several community groups since the 1990s. She is either chair or part of a number of local and Lambeth-wide initiatives workingto build and sustain community cohesion.
Perhaps more important than all of these, she is the mother of Jane.