Laurence Singlehurst – Chairman
Laurence brings a wealth of experience to WTC. He served YWAM for more than a decade as their National Director, has held various board positions in organisations such as Fusion UK, Beyond the Streets, Cell UK and Hope, and has authored in excess of 20 books, most notably ‘Sowing Reaping Keeping: People Sensitive Evangelism.’
Chris Gillies – Deputy Chairman
After 33 years in business, Chris recently retired from his full time role as a member of Zurich Insurance Group’s leadership team to spend more time working in the not for profit sector. He continues to serve Zurich as Chairman of one of their UK businesses and as an independent Board Member of the Zurich Foundation, making a valuable contribution to sustainable social and economic development. He has long and deep experience in financial services, most recently leading the implementation of socially responsible business practices across Zurich’s Global Life business. He also has extensive experience of working in the charitable sector and is currently a member of the Finance Committee of the Children’s Society. Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a Member of the Institute of Directors. He has worked in many countries around the world and specialises in leading Boards and teams (both business and charitable) to achieve outstanding results. He lives in Oxford and is part of St Aldates Church.
Matthew has been Chief Executive of Tearfund, a Christian Relief & Development charity, since October 2005. Previously he worked in finance and strategy consultancy, and set up Medair’s programme in Afghanistan. He is a member of Holy Trinity Claygate with his family – his wife Kate, and four young children.
Revd Canon John Hughes
John has been ordained for 40 years, serving as Vicar of St John’s Harborne for the last 16 years. He is a Canon of Birmingham Cathedral and a member of the General Synod. He has a passion to train and equip disciples who have a heart to see the Kingdom of God manifest in society. He has seen more than 20 young men and women going forward for ordination from St John’s. John is a Trustee of New Wine and a speaker at New Wine and New Wine International. He is married to Annie, who is a Chaplain of a medical practice, and they have three sons, Tim, Peter and Stephen.
Nigel is a leader of Freedom Church in Jersey. He is passionate about seeing lives transformed by meeting Jesus. He is an enthusiastic evangelist and regularly runs the Christianity Explored course at Pizza Express in St Helier. Nigel is a senior executive with Ipes, a business which works with Private Equity clients around the world. He is also closely involved with an organisation which rescues children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation in India and Europe (Justice and Care). He is a Trustee of Business Connect, which brings together members of the Jersey business together to talk about Jesus. Originally from South Africa, Nigel is married to Jersey girl, Lou, with whom he has three children, Hannah, Peter and Phoebe. He loves family, rugby, sea swimming and braais (Afrikaans for bbq!).
Janey has spent much of her working life involved in humanitarian and development issues with a particular interest in crisis related issues and protection/gender equality. She has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, North America and Europe working with the United Nations, non-government organisations, government and the private sector. Janey is currently a Director of Vine Management Consulting and is based in Bristol. She believes that the church should be leading from the front in terms of addressing social issues and that equipping church membership, as WTC does, is one important part of doing this. She has been married to Simon for more than 35 years, and they have four adult children.