Our Trustees

Neil Walker

CHAIRMAN

Neil is married to Christine and devotes much of his time to the church in Walsall in the West Midlands where he is an Elder.  Most of his career has been spent as an educator in a variety of settings.  He is a Director of Partnership UK and is Trustee of four local Almshouse Charities.

Richard Canham

Richard took early retirement from the retail finance industry in November 2014 in order to spend more time on charitable activities. Richard currently lives in Enfield and is part of Albany Church, where he served as one of the church leaders for over 30 years. He is also a trustee of other organisations including Counties (Chairman) and a trustee/Director of several local churches and organisations.

David Foster

Dave retired in 2011 having worked for Birmingham City Mission and BT for almost 40 years, in management and other roles. He is married with 3 grown up and married sons. He has been an elder at Hollywood Christian Life Centre for 25 years and had other various roles in Church leadership over the years. He was previously a trustee of the Midland Evangelization Trust before it joined with Church Growth Trust. His vision is to see churches have a good foundation on which to grow, including suitable premises and a stable, Bible-based, Holy Spirit-lead structure

Trevor James

Trevor is a Chartered Accountant specialising in advice to charities. From 2005 to 2011 he was vice-chairman of the Charity Special Interest Group of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and continues to be actively involved in both formal and informal charity sector groups. In a personal capacity he is an Elder at Swanfield Chapel, Chichester and a trustee of other charities, including the Christian Institute and the Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers. He is married to Linda, a retired teacher who has a historical geography PhD, and they have a grown up son and daughter.

Paul Withams

Paul is married with two grown up sons and lives in Chelmsford, Essex. He has held a number of church leadership roles over the years, primarily in premises management and administration. He is now retired following a 35 year career in Information Technology having latterly worked for the UK services arm of the Japanese company Fujitsu. His main hobby / interest is sound engineering, both for studio recording and live events.

Richard Jones

Richard is married and lives in West Derby, Liverpool and has two grown up daughters. He has been an active member of West Derby Evangelical Church since childhood. Serving as Elder and Trustee since 2002, Richard has been encouraged by the growth of the church, the faithfulness of its people and the positive work in the community. As a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Richard has worked in the construction industry since 1989 delivering a range of consultancy services for public and voluntary sector organisations. A particular expertise is in education building consultancy for local authorities, dioceses and multi-academy trusts. Recently he has managed over £1bn of expenditure on schools for central government with global consultancy Arcadis. Richard also runs a small property rental business. Loving the outdoors, Richard enjoys travelling with the family, walking and long distance bicycle rides.

Susanna Sanlon

Susanna is married and lives in Tunbridge Wells. She has two sons. Susanna grew up in a Brethren church in Nottingham and was baptised there as a teenager.  Since marrying her husband, Peter, she has worshipped mainly in Anglican churches. She serves alongside him as he ministers at Emmanual Anglican Church, Tunbridge Wells.  Emmanuel is a church planted from their former Church of England church and Peter has been the full-time minister there since his decision to leave the Church of England in 2019.  Susanna is a Chartered Town Planner, and has worked in private practice for over twenty years working on a range of projects, from entire new communities to small scale individual dwellings She has worked on numbers of church projects, assisting local churches wherever she can. Susanna is a busy mum, minister’s wife and planner – juggling the responsibilities of each of these roles.  She enjoys time with her family, walks, board games and coffee with friends. Her sons have recently caught the bug for supporting Nottingham Forest, so she has happily been making more frequent trips back to her home town in order to cheer on the reds with them.