About The Authors
Julian Evans (with grand-daughter Amelie)
Julian's late wife, Margaret, (Ben's Mum) died very suddenly aged 55 years. With Ben, his youngest of three
sons, the idea of this book emerged from the tragedy though not until some years after.
Julian is a forest scientist, has written many technical books on forestry, and was formerly the Forestry
Commission's Chief Research Officer (S) and subsequently Professor of Forestry at Imperial College London.
He is in the leadership team of his church and is a non-executive director of the Christian
international relief and development charity, Tearfund. He owns a small woodland.
He was appointed OBE in 1997 for services 'To Forestry and the Third World'. Almost three years after
Margaret's death he remarried also, a little confusingly, to Margaret. They live in Ellisfield, Hampshire.
Ben was 19 when he lost his mum whilst at university in Exeter. Just 2 weeks previous he had been at home
with the family for Christmas with no indication of what was around the corner. The weeks immediately after his
loss were spent with his Dad, brothers Jon and Stephen, and sister-in-law Christina.
Today, Ben is partner in a learning consultancy - EvansLewis -
as well as a Training and Development Consultant with PA Consulting. He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute
of Personnel and Development and a registered Myers-Briggs practitioner.
Ben is 29 and lives with his wife, Anna, in Ashford, Middlesex and they have one daughter.
Dr Phil West
Phil is a GP in the Hampshire village of Four Marks. He is married to Ruth and they live with their daughter
and two sons.
Phil trained to be a doctor at St George's Hospital, Tooting. During his GP training he also worked in
community psychiatry outpatient clinics. Phil lived and worked at Mseleni Hospital, in rural KwaZulu Natal,
South Africa between 1998-2000. During this time he cared for many people infected with the HIV virus and
also had friends and colleagues lose lives to this terrible disease. His mother was diagnosed with cancer
shortly before his return to the UK, dying at the age of 63 only two months after the birth of Phil and
Ruth's first child. Phil is on the leadership team of his local church. He enjoys digital photography
and plays the cello and bass guitar.
Reverend Clive Anderson
Clive Anderson is a minister of the Butts Evangelical Church in Alton, Hampshire, having previously been
Minister of a Church in Streatham, South London. This means he is often connected with bereavement and its
effects in the lives of many, and has conducted hundreds of funeral services.
Clive has wide-ranging interests, including history, sport and railways. He also leads tours to the Middle
East and around the British Museum in London, where the Egyptian mummy rooms prove to be the most popular.
He has written and co-authored a number of books, and is married with one son.