Events Manager & Executive Assistant to the Principal
Joe joined the staff team in August 2015 as Events Manager and Executive Assistant to the Principal. He spreads his time between overseeing the organization of the WTC residential, conferences and day events throughout the year, as well as assisting Lucy with communication to the students and supporters of WTC.
Joe was born in Cheltenham but lived in a small village in the Cotswolds. He studied Youth Work at the University of Gloucestershire, where he met his wife Kat. They married in 2014 and now live in Cheltenham.
Alison Blacklee Whittall
Study Skills Tutor
Alison joined the team in 2011 and her role is to support students with their essay writing by providing appropriate resources and advice. As a former WTC Graduate Diploma and MA student, she understands what students need. She is also the person to contact if you have, or suspect you have, a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.
She grew up in North Lancashire and originally studied Art History with English at Glasgow University. She has been teaching for nearly 20 years, but would generally rather be making mosaics or careering through a forest on her mountain bike.
Course Administrator and PA to the Academic Dean
Sarah joined WTC in 2016 as course administrator to help support the admin side of WTC which also includes looking after the purchasing for all the Hub libraries. Prior to working at WTC she spent 10 years as Church Administrator at Holy Apostles Church, Cheltenham where she still worships.
Sarah studied Genetics at UCL followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics. She worked as a statistician in the Civil Service working in a number of different government departments. She is a devoted Radio 4 and 4 Extra listener, enjoys walking, activity filled holidays and cooking. Sarah is married to Steve and has two children Christopher and Lucy; one of whom is at university and the other is hoping to go in September.
Alex joined the WTC team in 2010 and her role includes overseeing student applications, registration, course administration and timetabling. She works closely with the University of Chester as well as the WTC Principal, Academic Dean and faculty to ensure delivery of the courses.
Alex was born in Polruan, Cornwall but lived much of her childhood in the Middle East (Ahwaz in Iran and Dubai). She has a BSc in Statistics and Operational Research and worked in the Civil Service as a statistician immediately after leaving university. She is an avid Manchester United fan, enjoys travel, being creative, netball and gardening. She is married to Ashley, who is the leader of CNC (Cheltenham Network Church) and they have 3 children; Bryony, Benjamin and Zachary, as well as a mad golden retriever called Zeta. The Collishaw family live in Charlton Kings, Cheltenham.
Chief Operating Officer
Catherine has nearly thirty years experience leading teams and businesses in the commercial, church and charity sectors. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Management Learning as well as WTC’s Graduate Diploma in Kingdom Theology. Beginning her life as a buyer for the then Burton Group, Catherine has worked at a senior level with leading brands such as Mulberry and Aquascutum, cementing her love of handbags and textiles. Following a period of working as a management consultant while she completed her masters, Catherine moved into church leadership and led a young, thriving, missional Pioneer church in Surrey for five years. Passing her leadership role onto a new team in early 2007, she moved to Hampshire with her family where she felt God tell her to do nothing until he showed her clearly what to do next. Enter WTC! Following a series of quite miraculous and God ordained connections she was invited to set up one of the first WTC Hubs and has been with WTC ever since. Catherine is also a Certified Professional Behaviours, Motivators and Acumen Analyst.
Catherine lives in Chandlers Ford with her husband, two teenage boys and a mad Labrador. She has continuing business interests, and is on the board of two companies as well as acting on the advisory panel for one of the Winchester Diocese first pioneer ordinands. She is part of Christ Church Winchester.
Pete joined the WTC Staff team in November 2014 to work alongside the COO and the IT Manager in providing operational and IT support both within the Hubs and at the WTC central office. His role involves helping establish new Hubs, managing the online library system and generally trying to help make things easier for everyone.
He lives in Manchester with his wife and two teenage daughters. Pete’s background is in software development and he recently left permanent employment to pursue a variety of different directions. This has given him the opportunity to help different organisations using different skills and so far he loves it. As well as being part of the WTC staff team, Pete is the Hub Director for Manchester and also does software development for a client in the USA.
Hub Operations & Marketing Director
Katherine has a background in scientific research with a PhD from the University of Oxford. For several years she worked in clinical research, latterly with the University of Oxford where she managed Clinical Studies of new therapies for the paediatric population. Katherine is also a Certified Professional Behaviours, Motivators and Acumen Analyst.
Katherine completed a Graduate Diploma with WTC in 2013 when she took on the role of WTC’s Hampshire Hub Director. Katherine is now the Hub Operations Manager. This role involves assisting the COO with the management of existing Hubs and in the set up of new Hubs.
Katherine is married to Jon, they have a young son Charlie and they live in rural Oxfordshire. Alongside her role with WTC Katherine is a speaker for the Filling Station and enjoys running, reading and writing in her spare time.
Carl has been with WTC since 2011 in the role of IT Manager. His role includes the support and development of all aspects of IT at WTC. He supports students, staff, Hubs and faculty in the delivery of the courses in the UK and Sweden.
Carl was born in Shropshire and attended University in Liverpool where he gained a BSc in Multimedia Systems. He has since worked in a number of fields. He is married to Jo, they have two daughters.
Joan joined the WTC team in March 2014 to help with centralising the accounts in Cheltenham. She keeps records of all the invoices sent to students and payments made to WTC. She balances the bank accounts and prepares the payments for purchases, teaching fees and staff wages.
Joan was born in Alsager, near Crewe, but has lived in Cheltenham for most of her life. She has two sons, George and Nick. Joan has always worked in an accounts environment.
Marketing & Media Administrator
Pedro Smit is the Marketing and Media go-to person for WTC. His approach is one of ‘story’, which seeks to find significance in all the small stories that are part of God’s big story. He has a BA(Hons) in Applied Theology in Intercultural Contexts from Redcliffe College and is currently busy with a part-time MA in European Mission, as well as doing relief support work at the homeless shelter, Julian House, in Bath.
He has spent two years on OM’s ship, the Logos II, where he was leading the Audio/Visual Team, and subsequently worked at OM’s headquarters in Carlisle, Cumbria, as part of their media team, OMNIvision, doing various technical and creative jobs involving sound desks, editing studios, and travelling internationally, before beginning his theological studies. He was born and raised in South Africa, is married to a Brit from Bath, and has two lovely young children who were both born in Cumbria.
Christopher Tawney read Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in London. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has extensive Board level experience in both private and public companies and his functional expertise includes reporting, tax planning and compliance, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, change management, strategic planning, forecasting, evaluation of capital projects and investor relations. He is currently also on the board of and a shareholder in Algaecytes Limited which farms freshwater algae to produce Omega 3 oil and nutrient rich biomass.
Although mainly UK based throughout his career, he has also lived and worked in Germany, France and Monaco and travelled widely in Europe and further afield. He speaks French and German and lives with his wife in Wiltshire. He has three grown up sons.