Tony Nolan – Associate, England

Tony is a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, a religious order within the Roman Catholic tradition and is currently a member of their Senior Leadership Team. He is a group facilitator, mediator, supervisor, and trainer.  Tony spent three years (2012-2015) on the staff of Sarum College where he lectured in Reflective Practice (MA in Christian Approaches to Leadership), provided training in Supervision and worked as part of the college’s consultancy outreach team.  He now has a freelance practice based in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Professionally, Tony is interested in promoting supervision and reflective practice in a wide variety of settings including education, chaplaincy, spiritual direction, leadership, youth work, pastoral care, safeguarding, and parochial ministry.  And the interface between pastoral supervision and supervision in the wider helping professions.


Examples of Training Offered 

  • Widening our Gaze: Supervision as Reflective Practice: Spiritual Direction Conference. 
  • Reflective Practice, MA in Christian Approaches to Leadership: Sarum College 
  • Enriching Ministry: The practice of pastoral supervision (with Jessica Rose)
  • Journaling as a Reflective Tool for Head Teachers
  • Supervision Skills for Training Incumbents
  • Sustaining our Vision, (pastoral supervision training course for clergy) 
  • Supervision Skills for Spiritual Direction Supervisors.
  • Certificate in Pastoral Supervision and Reflective Practice

Research Interests

  • Use of the self in supervision
  • The place of intuition in supervision
  • Creative approaches to supervision
  • Supervision in Organisations: the relationship between the organisation and the supervisor.
  • Other voices in the room: stakeholder and wider organisational influences on the supervisory relationship
  • Systemic approaches to organisational supervision
  • Culture and Difference: the impact on the supervisory relationship

Publications:  2014    Supervision as Courageous Conversation in Paterson & Rose, Enriching Ministry: Pastoral Supervision in Context, SCM.