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Sarah WTC StaffSarah Burdett
Course Administrator and PA to the Academic Dean

I joined WTC in 2016 as course administrator.  I love using my administrative skills to support the students and faculty at WTC. My job is varied and includes looking after the MA and PGDip students and managing the library, as well as liaising with faculty about their modules.

Before joining WTC I was the Administrator at Holy Apostles Church where I still worship and am an active member. Prior to this I was a Government Statistician having gained a PGDip in Applied Statistics and a BSc in Genetics. I am a devoted Radio 4 and 4 Extra listener, and enjoy walking, activity filled holidays and cooking. I am married to Steve and have two grown up children.

Catherine WTC StaffCatherine Catto
Financial Controller

I joined WTC in 2020 to take on responsibility for the finance function. As a qualified accountant and with a degree in Business Studies I have a remit to monitor and manage the financial side of WTC, ensuring the Executive Team and Board have useful and timely information.

I have held finance roles in different sectors with organisations across a range of sizes, including three multinationals, and have specialised in treasury accountancy and accounting software project management. I have worked in Scotland, where I was born, London, New York and now the Cotswolds.

My husband and I have two teenagers and I enjoy spending time with family and friends, walks, travel and going to the cinema.

Alex WTC StaffAlex Collishaw

I joined the WTC team in 2010 and my work is very varied as I work closely with our students, faculty, and staff at our validating university, Chester. I am also studying on our Graduate Diploma programme and am on course to complete this in June 2020.

I was born in Polruan, Cornwall but lived oversees for most of my childhood in the Middle East (Ahwaz in Iran and Dubai). After gaining my BSc in Statistics and Operational Research, I worked in the Civil Service in London as a Government Statistician. I live in Cheltenham with my husband Ashley, and our 3 teenagers.

Pete WTC StaffPete Edwards
Operations Manager

I joined the WTC Staff team in November 2014 to work alongside the Director of Operations and the IT Manager in providing operational and IT support to the WTC central office. My role involves supporting the online library system, building our student management system  and generally trying to help make things easier for everyone.

I live in Manchester with my wife, 2 daughters and a lodger. My background is in software development, previously working in the automotive and pharmaceutical sectors but I now work freelance. This has given me the opportunity to help different organisations (including WTC, churches and even a US government department) using a wide mix of skills and I love the varied work this gives me.

Janey WTC StaffJaney Lawry-White
Director of Operations

I first heard of WTC when I met Lucy, shortly after having moved to Bristol. As a WTC Trustee, I was really impressed with the wide range of experience of our students, and their almost universal opinion that studying theology with WTC was ‘transformative’. Having first wanted to study theology years earlier as a volunteer working with refugees in northern Thailand, I quickly became a Trustee-student, and then joined the staff team at WTC as Director of Operations in summer 2018. I completed my Graduate Diploma in June 2019.

This role is quite a change from my previous ones – working on gender-based violence in humanitarian situations with the UN and international charities, running small businesses and working with the BBC. I love working for an organisation which equips people to make a real difference in their community and church through studies. My own theological study was life-changing, significantly deepening my understanding of God’s Kingdom, how he engages with his people, and how this changes my perspective on myself and the world – and I’ve only just scratched the surface!

Within the staff team, I work with Lucy and the rest of the Exec to provide strategic leadership for WTC, supporting the HDs, overseeing our partnerships, consultancy, communications, IT, finance and HR, and generally trying to ensure that all the non-academic areas of WTC function as smoothly and effectively as possible.

Carl WTC StaffCarl Palmer
IT Manager

I have been with WTC since 2011 in the role of IT Manager. My role includes the support and development of all aspects of IT at WTC. I support students, staff, Hubs and faculty in the delivery of the courses all over the UK.

I was born in Shropshire and attended University in Liverpool where I gained a BSc in Multimedia Systems. I have since worked in a number of fields. I am married to Jo and we have two daughters.

Joan WTC StaffJoan Rivers
Finance Manager

I joined the WTC team in March 2014 to help with centralising the accounts in Cheltenham. My job involves keeping a record of all the invoices sent to students and payments made to WTC. I also balance the bank accounts and prepare the payments for purchases, teaching fees and staff wages.

I was born in Alsager, near Crewe, but have lived in Cheltenham for most of my life. I have two grown-up sons, George and Nick. I have always worked in an accounts environment. Outside of work I enjoy going out with friends and am an active member of Holy Apostles Church.

Pedro WTC StaffJuan Pedro Smit
Communications Manager

I’ve been at WTC since 2015, designing and producing all the visual materials for WTC centrally, as well as making sure our Hubs have all the comms resources they need locally. I studied at Redcliffe College, which is what led me to Gloucester. Before that, I spent two years on OM’s ship, the Logos II, where I met my wife and was leading the Audio/Visual Team onboard. I subsequently worked at OM’s headquarters in Carlisle, Cumbria, as part of the international media team, OMNIvision, doing various technical and creative jobs involving sound desks, editing studios, and travelling internationally, before beginning my theological studies. I was born and raised in South Africa, am married to a Brit from Bath, and have two lovely young children who were both born in Cumbria.

Hannah WTC StaffHannah Turner
Events & Office Manager

I joined the WTC team in May 2020 as the Events and Office Manager. Having previously worked in the wedding industry, and most recently as an operations manager for a church, I hope I can bring my organisational qualities to the team – particularly for the Residentials!

I live in Gloucester with my husband Karl, and we are fortunate enough to be close to some beautiful countryside that we explore on foot or bike most days. We love to cook (and to eat!), and if our table is full of friends and family, then that’s even better.

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