Melissa has a background in pastoral care, having worked as a lay chaplain for 6 years in a Catholic sixth form college, during which time she read an MA in Pastoral Theology. She has also been trained in Ignatian spiritual accompaniment and volunteers as a prayer guide on Retreats in Daily Life in Birmingham.

Melissa joined the Maryvale team in July 2015; she enjoys getting to know students at residential weekends and finding ways to encourage and support them on their academic journey.