Board of Trustees

WTC’s Board

Laurence Singlehurst

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, including ‘Sowing Reaping Keeping: People Sensitive Evangelism’, ‘Beyond the clouds’, ‘The Gospel Message Today’, and ‘Cell Planting: Putting the “go” back into church’.

Chris Gillies

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.

John Hughes

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 Strachan

Nigel Strachan

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!).

Roger Ellis

Roger Ellis

Roger has 2 obsessions: raising up a generation to change the world… and carp fishing (which he will talk about to anyone who will listen!). When he’s not up to his waist in pond water Roger oversees 24-7 Prayer’s training and development. In the past Roger has pioneered and led the UK student ministry Fusion and Revelation Church, Chichester. He is the author of several books including ‘Essence: The Manifesto of Jesus’ and runs his own fishing business.

Nigel Langford

Nigel Langford

Nigel is married to Nicky and lives in Woodford where they planted a church a few years ago. After experiencing growth, they are now planting churches around London and beyond. Nigel also works at Bible Society as Head of Church Relations. Nigel is an alumnus of WTC, having studied for the Grad Dip. Doing the course has shaped his approach to mission and engaging the world, and increased his understanding and confidence around his work with Bible Society and the wider church. Nigel enjoys walking, reading and drinking coffee.