Our Trustees

Nigel Allen

Nigel is a Management Consultant and also runs a Domiciliary Care Company in Chingford London with his wife Linda. They have been married for over 30 years and have four children and four grandchildren. Nigel is an active member of the assembly at Brook Street Chapel, Tottenham, where he is involved in teaching and young people’s work. His desire is to see the growth of churches and the continued testimony of the Lord’s Work.

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), Church Planting Initiative, The Evangelization Society (Hon Treasurer) and a trustee of several local churches.

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 12 charities, including the Christian Institute (Treasurer) and the Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers (Chairman). He is married to Linda, a teacher who has a historical geography PhD, and they have a grown up son and daughter.

Leslie Lucas

Chairman

Leslie worked for 40 years in the insurance and reinsurance company market rising to Chief Executive in a London firm. He is joint author of three books about reinsurance. He has worked as an arbitrator in reinsurance disputes.  Leslie is the trustee of one other evangelical Christian charity and a member of Christ Church, Southchurch in Essex.

Richard Naylor

Richard spent his working life in architecture, latterly as a director of a practice that specialised in church and voluntary sector projects. Having been a trustee of Stewardship and member of that charity’s Property Committee, he became a founding trustee of Church Growth Trust. As a member of Tile Kiln Church in Chelmsford, he has been involved over the years in activities for young people, adults and, most recently, older people and has served as an elder, a deacon and a property trustee. He and his wife, Valerie, have a daughter, a son and five grandchildren

Neil Walker

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, and he continues to do some work with local schools. He is a Director of Partnership UK, Trustee of four local Almshouse Charities and serves on the steering group of Living The Passion.

Paul Withams

Paul is married with two grown up sons and is a member of Tile Kiln Church Chelmsford where he has held a number of 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.