WTC Staff Christmas 2020

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Our staff team consists of gifted individuals who each has their role to play in making sure WTC excels as a top theological college. We are all passionate about what we do and try not to take ourselves too seriously!

OUR STAFF TEAM

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Sarah Burdett

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.

Sarah Burdett

Course Administrator and PA to the Academic Dean
Alex Collishaw

I joined the WTC staff 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 completed my Graduate Diploma with WTC in June 2020 and am now studying for an MA in Kingdom Theology. 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 Edwards

I joined the Staff team in 2014 to work with the COO and IT Manager, providing help to the WTC office. My role involves supporting the online library, building our student management system and generally trying to make things easier for everyone. I live in Manchester with my wife and 2 daughters. My background is in software development, previously working in the automotive and pharmaceutical sectors before a few years freelancing. I now work 1 day/week for WTC and 4 days for Inrupt who are working with the inventor of the web to try and fix it - giving people control of their own data. I love working in roles that matter to me, all with a sense of serving the Kingdom whilst doing things I love - what a privilege!

Pete Edwards

Operations Manager
Carl Palmer

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.

Carl Palmer

IT Manager
Hannah Turner

I joined the WTC staff 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.

Hannah Turner

Events & Office Manager
Catherine Catto

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.

Catherine Catto

Finance Director
Matt Dobson

I joined the WTC team in 2021 to help oversee our amazing Hub Directors. Whilst this role is new to me within WTC, I have also been a previous Hub Director, establishing the Bristol Hub. Not only this but I am also a student on the new Graduate Diploma in Church Planting and Leadership. Can you tell I love WTC? It’s a privilege to be part of an incredible WTC team seeing life changing, transformational theology being taught in the local church! Before this role I managed a group of Foodbanks in North Bristol. I have a huge passion for social action and love seeing the Kingdom of God expand into some of the darkest areas of society. I’m also a fan of beer, sport and green tea (in no particular order).

Matt Dobson

Director of Hub Operations
Janey Lawry-White

I joined the staff team at WTC to lead the Operations team in summer 2018 and 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, 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.

Janey Lawry-White

Chief Operating Officer
Jo Palmer

I joined the WTC team in September 2020 but have felt part of the WTC family for many years as my husband Carl is the IT Manager. My role is supporting (the awesome) Ali with WTC's Study Skills provision. At the same time, I am studying for my own Graduate Diploma with the Bristol Hub. Before taking on this role, I worked in the charity sector and as a primary school teacher. When not working and studying, I love running (especially in the rain) and spending time with my 2 girls.

Jo Palmer

Study Skills Assistant
Juan Pedro Smit

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 previously spent two years on OM’s ship, the Logos II, where I met my wife and was leading the Audio/Visual Team onboard. Then worked at OM’s headquarters in Carlisle, Cumbria, as part of the media team, 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.

Juan Pedro Smit

Communications Manager
Sarah Burdett WTC Staff

Sarah 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 Ctto WTC Staff

Catherine Catto

Finance Director

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 Collishaw WTC Staff

Alex Collishaw

Registrar

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 completed my Graduate Diploma with WTC in June 2020 and am now studying for an MA in Kingdom Theology. 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.

Matt Dobson Staff

Matt Dobson

Director of Hub Operations

I joined the WTC team in 2021 to help oversee our amazing Hub Directors. Whilst this role is new to me within WTC, I have also been a previous Hub Director, establishing the Bristol Hub. Not only this but I am also a student on the new Graduate Diploma in Church Planting and Leadership. Can you tell I love WTC? It’s a privilege to be part of an incredible WTC team seeing life changing, transformational theology being taught in the local church! Before this role I managed a group of Foodbanks in North Bristol. I have a huge passion for social action and love seeing the Kingdom of God expand into some of the darkest areas of society. I’m also a fan of beer, sport and green tea (in no particular order).

Pete Edwards WTC Staff

Pete 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 LW_WTC Staff

Janey Lawry-White

Chief Operating Officer

I joined the staff team at WTC to lead the Operations team in summer 2018 and 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, 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 Palmer WTC Staff

Carl 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.

Jo Palmer WTC Staff

Jo Palmer

Study Skills Assistant

I joined the WTC team in September 2020 but have felt part of the WTC family for many years as my husband Carl is the IT Manager. My role is supporting (the awesome) Ali with WTC's Study Skills provision. At the same time, I am studying for my own Graduate Diploma with the Bristol Hub. Before taking on this role, I worked in the charity sector and as a primary school teacher. When not working and studying, I love running (especially in the rain) and spending time with my 2 girls.

Hannah Turner WTC Staff

Hannah 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.

Juan Pedro Smit WTC Staff

Juan 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.

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