Staff Profiles

Joseph Jones – CEO and editor
Joseph Jones is the editor of the Friend. He has worked in journalism and publishing for more than twenty years, including roles at the Church Times, the Olympic News Service, Scripture Union and, most recently, Britain Yearly Meeting. He attends Stoke Newington Meeting.

Rebecca Hardy - journalist
Rebecca has worked in journalism for twenty years. Her work has been published in a wide range of titles including The Guardian, The Independent, Red, Psychologies and The Bookseller. She has written two books: The Virgin Guide to Volunteering and The Virgin Guide to Working Abroad (Ebury Press). She was brought up within Quakerism and attends Winchmore Hill Meeting.

Elinor Smallman – production and office manager
Elinor joined the Friend in June 2011. She previously worked for the Science & Development Network and the Nottingham University OpenDOAR project. She graduated from Loughborough University in 2006 with a first class degree in Publishing with English. Elinor has attended Quaker Meetings since childhood.

George Osgrerby – sub-editor
George has been sub-editor of the Friend since 2017. He is fairly new to Quakerism and attends Horsham Meeting in West Sussex.

Penny Dunn – subscriptions officer
Penny Dunn has been the subscriptions officer for The Friend Publications Ltd since the end of 2006. She was drawn to work for the Friend because of her involvement with Quakers over many years. Penny has worked previously in a law school library and as a foster carer. She is married with two children and two grandchildren.

George Penaluna – advertisement manager
George works from a home office in a small village with its own train station just outside Skipton in North Yorkshire. He has been advertisement manager for a total of twenty-one years, and knows just about anything you need to know about advertising in the Friend. He started out with a degree in business, before working in financial services marketing with Abbey National, The Stock Exchange, Barclays Bank and Ecology Building Society. Originally from the north-east of England, George has lived in Manchester, Seoul, Edinburgh, London and Yorkshire. George started attending Quaker Meetings in Richmond upon Thames in 1987 and joined the Society at Kingston upon Thames in 1990. He is currently a member of Skipton Meeting.