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Trustee Board

The Baptist Union has a Trustee board made up of twelve members elected by the Council. The role of the trustees is to provide strategic direction for our Union, ensure appropriate policies are in place and operated effectively, to oversee the Union's structure and to ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.

They meet four times a year, and invite people to join them to advise them on particular matters.

For more information on our trustees, see below:
 
ChristinaCarter website Christina Carter is married to a Baptist Minister and together they serve a church in Hastings, East Sussex.  Christina works part-time as an Administrator in the NHS, working for the local Health Visiting Team.  She has been a Street Pastor for 7 years, and regularly leads a team at night to serve the town centre in Hastings. Christina has served locally as a Trustee with Hastings Street Pastors, with the local Christian Schools Workers Project, and as a Governor at the local secondary academy.  Christina has served on the National Executive Committee of Connexion for 10 years, formerly as Promotions Rep, and latterly as Secretary. (Connexion is a network of people married to Baptist Ministers.) She is aware of the joys and pressures of manse life, and is often looking for ways to protect and guard ministerial family life.  Their church is in a deprived seaside community which has complex and challenging needs. Christina regularly finds herself intrigued by how to translate the hope we have in our churches, into the great need beyond the doors.  She enjoys baking and hanging out with the family.
 
Paul Coleman Paul Coleman is married to Nicolette and they have 3 daughters and 3 grandsons. Originally from 'Sarf London' he has lived in South Wales, Somerset and Cambridgeshire ending up in sunny Essex. His home church is Shoeburyness and Thorpe Bay Baptist Church and he was baptised on Halloween night in 1993. Active in men's work, the Baptist men's movement and a past presenter on Family Life marriage enrichment seminars Paul came to Christ through a colleague at his office.
Paul has been a Trustee for several organisations including Spurgeon’s (Childcare) and Southend-on-Sea YMCA and a school governor in 3 primary and 1 secondary schools.
He supports Leeds United football team which has been a roller coaster ride for the last few years and enjoys family time and walking. His working role is in Human Resources most recently with the Royal College of GP’s and Universities UK and has recently set up his own consultancy business. Paul has been on the leadership team of a previous Baptist church , is a lay preacher and currently serves in children’s ministry at his church with primary school age children. He has also recently completed the Executive toolbox course with LICC.
A Cowley web picture Andrew Cowley is senior minister of Leigh Road Baptist Church, Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. His background includes Business Management and Development with specialisms in leadership development & implementation, organisational & strategy design and project management.  He has previously worked for CPAS (an Anglican mission agency) where he was involved in senior management and leadership development and was formally on the management team of TEAR Fund.  Andrew is also involved in coaching and mentoring leaders from the commercial world, as well as the church and wider not-for-profit sector. He has previously served as a  member of the Baptist Missionary Society council of reference, has been a primary school governor and has been involved in the formation of two charities.
Andrew is passionate about his family, the local church, flying kites, photography and Rugby Union.

 
Marion Fiddes has worked in a local authority or the health service for the past fifty years, either as an accountant or as a project manager dealing with capital investment, site planning and leading project teams for developing new buildings at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. Since retirement she has set up her own consultancy and worked on the finance elements of the business case to rebuild Broadmoor Hospital and a Medium Secure Unit in Ealing. Marion is a trustee of the Baptist Building Fund and is a keen member and Deacon of New Road Baptist Church in Oxford. She is also trustee and treasurer of the Creative Dementia Arts Network and the Oxford Winter Night Shelter charities. She has lived with her husband and family in Regent’s Park College for most of her life and enjoyed that community life immensely.
 
Lynn Green Lynn Green is General Secretary of the Baptist Union.
 
Phil Jump website Phil Jump graduated from Liverpool Polytechnic as a marine electrical engineer and worked for 9 years at Cammell Laird Shipbuilders, where he eventually became Material Control Manager, overseeing the transition to a computerised material procurement and management system. After leaving Spurgeon’s College, he served as minister at New Addington Baptist Church, an area of significant social need on the edge of Croydon. During that time, as well as helping the church to grow, he led a number of community initiatives which included chairing the community partnership, launching a community magazine and chairing one of the UK’s first Education Action Zones. He was also the founder and creative director of Crossroads Theatre Company.
Phil has been Regional Minister for NWBA for 15 years, serving a diverse community of local churches and ministers in a variety of contexts. He was one of the original BUGB trustees, standing down when his youngest daughter, Emma was born in 2010. He has also served on the Baptist Strategy Forum, Futures Steering Group, Transitional Steering Group and Baptist Steering Group. He also led the recent ministry review for BUGB “IGNITE” and has served as a member of Council for 15 years. He serves as a trustee of several charities and is chair of the historic charity Industrial Christian Fellowship, made famous through the work of Geoffrey Studdert-Kennedy and William Temple. He has also served for the last 2 years as interim Public Issues Co-ordinator for Baptists Together. Phil is married to Jan, a chef in a local garden centre, has two grown up children currently studying drama and music at York and Leeds universities, leads the children’s music team in his local church and is an avid supporter of Liverpool Football Club.
 
John Levick John Levick is Honorary Treasurer of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.  John is a member and deacon of Castle Hill Baptist Church in Warwick. Previously he has been in membership in churches in Worcestershire, Wiltshire, London, Cheshire and Hertfordshire. He has served as both Church Treasurer and Church Secretary. Since retiring early from banking in 2005 he was Treasurer of the Heart of England Baptist Association and also on the Baptist Building Fund, taking on the Chair in 2012. He has been a Trustee of the Baptist Ministers Pension Fund and the Baptist Staff Pension Scheme. Whilst still being a trustee of the Baptist Building Fund he stepped down from the other roles on becoming Treasurer of the Union.  John  continues to attend the Pension Fund Trustees meetings but now as employer representative. Aside from Baptist life John is also a trustee of two grant making Christian charities.  When time allows he also works part time as a Tour Manager for Great Rail Journeys.
 
P Lutterodt web Philip Lutterodt is married and has an adult son.  He has served as a Christian minister for over 30 years in Theological Education and Pastoral Ministry.  He is currently the pastor of Mitcham Baptist Church in South London and is also involved in mentoring emerging leaders to serve God in the family, church and society.  In Ghana Philp has served as an Academic Dean of two tertiary institutions, a Council Member of the Ghana Baptist Convention and a speaker at Baptist Student Union events in various university campuses.  In the UK he served for a year as a Council Member of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and currently serves in the BU Ministerial Recognition Sub-Committee.  
He was part of leadership teams in Ghana that facilitated the organisational development and transition of two theological colleges into university colleges.  His education is in Psychology and Theology. Philip has pastored churches in Ghana, Switzerland and England and has lectured in theological institutions in Ghana and England.  His research interests are in Leadership Studies, Global South Christianity, Christian Doctrine, Christian Ethics and the interface between Theology and Psychology.  His publications are in Christology, Leadership Ethics, African Christianity and Church Health.  He has carried out ministry in USA, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia.  His hobbies are current affairs, poetry, table tennis and athletics.
 
P Mccormack web Philip McCormack is the Principal of Spurgeon’s College, London. Established in 1856 by Charles Haddon Spurgeon the college is one the leading Higher Education Theological Colleges in the UK. Previously, Prof McCormack was an Assistant Chaplain General in the British Army and its academic lead on ethics nationally and internationally. He articulated the ethical foundation of the British Army and created a practical model of ethics widely embraced, taught and used within the Army and the Royal Marines. An accredited BUGB Baptist minister Prof McCormack holds PhDs from The Queen’s University of Belfast in New Testament and Cranfield University in Philosophy and Strategic Studies. He is the Chair of an International Prize Committee for Military Ethics and is an Honorary Professor of Practical Ethics, in the Institute of Health and Society, the University of Worcester. In December 2017, his application to be appointed as Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy was approved.
 
alastair MB Alastair Mitchell-Baker works for Tricordant, a Christian based organisational consultancy, which he helped found in 2005. He enjoys working with a diverse range of clients as a consultant –from NHS and Councils to international NGOs and global companies. Prior to that he spent 15 years in NHS senior management including as a Chief Executive. He’s also been a Non-Executive Director in the NHS for 13 years, a Visiting Fellow at Brunel Business School, and co-founder and Treasurer of the European Organisation Design Forum. He has a MA in Biochemistry from Cambridge, and diplomas/certificates in Healthcare management, Philosophy and Healthcare, and Organisation Development. Alastair is a NTL member. 
Alastair has lived in Reading, England since 1987, where he met and married his wife Jane. They have been married for over 28 years and have two grown up sons. For the last 16 years he’s been an Elder at The Gate (formerly Reading Community Church and Tilehurst Free Church) where he’s involved in leadership, preaching and healing ministry. He is a member of Agape Freedom Fighters, an international healing ministry and travels regularly with them. For fun he enjoys chess, kayaking, painting, running [nothing more than a few Reading half marathons] and watching sport.
 
M Spriggs Web Mark Spriggs has been working across the Public and Charitable sectors for the last 20 years, having graduated from King Alfred’s College of HE (now University of Winchester) with a degree in History and Sport Studies. Having felt called, with his family, he moved to St Helens to join the Baptist Church there in 2016 from Oxford.  His wife is beginning training to be a Baptist minister at Northern Baptist College in September 2018.
Mark was involved in two church plants with New Frontiers before joining St Helens Baptist Church, one in Birmingham, where he lived in one of the most deprived areas in the country, and Oxford. He has a passion for seeing churches grow and thrive and in 2017 spoke at the ‘Growing Churches Forum’ with the memorable quote of “Constitutions Rock!!” He recommends the book The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall to help support growth.
Mark has worked for the Civil Service in regeneration, NHS in a variety of roles - currently as a Transformation Programme Manager, Oxford City Council in social regeneration as well as supporting local charities, and a number of other roles. He served as Governor and Chair of Governors for a local Primary school for a number of years.
Mark and his wife have 3 children, one who has just married and two teenagers.
Mark loves to cook and exercise hospitality, particularly to build the relationships at the heart of community. He is a film buff and a proud aficionado of the Star Wars universe, particularly the action figures.
 
D Watts Web Diane Watts became a Christian in her teens and have attended Baptist churches ever since.  
After graduating from University she worked in the financial sector for a number of years until beginning a career teaching History and Politics at secondary schools; during which time she also served on the Senior Management Team of a large boys’ school.  After leaving teaching to study for a Master’s degree at Spurgeon’s College, Diane was called to full time ministry, completed her studies in 2010 and was ordained and called by Selsdon Baptist Church in south London, where she served them as their Ministry Team Leader until 2017. 
For some time Diane has reflected on the nature of mission in Britain and how churches have responded in many different ways to our changing culture. In the light of this, in 2017 she moved from Selsdon to work across Sussex for a new charity called Together in Sussex. The role is funded by the Church Urban Fund and the Anglican Diocese of Chichester; it aims to encourage and support communities to work together and demonstrate God’s love as they build relationships and meet the needs of friends and neighbours with whom they live and work. The charity is part of the national Together Network, which is made up of 21 joint ventures between the Church Urban Fund and a Church of England diocese.  The network is designed to be a unique support system for churches, helping the Church as the Body of Christ to extend their reach and impact.  
As part of helping churches in Sussex to reflect on mission Diane has also become involved with some of the issues which are prevalent in our society; this includes loneliness and isolation, food and fuel poverty, mental health concerns, housing and homelessness,issues of debt and modern day slavery
 
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