Spurgeons is governed by its Board of Trustees, which works closely with the Executive Directors of our Management Team, to help guide their decision making. The Trustees are legally responsible for the charity, its assets and activities.
Stuart is the chairman of our Board of Trustees. He has personally supported the charity for more than 20 years. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2008, following a varied career in the Navy, senior appointments in the probation services and for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS). He has been chairman since 2011 and also chairs the Organisational Development and Strategy and the Remunerations sub-committees.
Alongside Spurgeons, Stuart also chairs and serves on the boards of a number of UK-based and international charities. Driven by the impact that charities like Spurgeons make, Stuart also works with governments, companies and NGOs in East Africa on education, vocational training, feeding and welfare care to support the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children.
Stuart lives in Stockton-On-Tees and has been married to Margaret for more than 35 years. Both are members of Stockton Baptist Tabernacle.
Bob joined our Board of Trustees in 2011 and has a focus on our justice work, as well as IT and data security. He is an IT and specialist communications expert and worked as a Group Director at BT for over ten years, followed by a year as special advisor to the Chairman. He has also been an advisor to both the Child Exploitation Online Protection agency (CEOP) and to the Foreign Office.
He has worked extensively in international communications and disaster management, managing operational staff in disaster areas ranging from the Indonesian tsunami to earthquake relief in the Himalayas. He holds degrees in Engineering and Business Management, as well as numerous Fellowships.
Bob is also currently the Chairman of the Communications Liaison Group (Staff Corps) within the British Army, in which capacity he holds the rank of Colonel. He was made a CBE for services to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2007.
Carol was appointed to our Board of Trustees in 2010 and currently chairs our Finance sub-committee and sits alongside other trustees on the Remuneration sub-committee.
Carol has extensive financial and strategic experience gained from working in central government where she was responsible for policy on revenue compliance and internal audit procedures. Carol also has great experience of the care sector after overseeing the strategic planning of a domiciliary care company. She currently works part-time as a management consultant to the industry.
Justyn joined our Board of Trustees in 2014. He is a member of the Standards and Outcomes sub-committee, with a particular focus on participation.
Justyn is a mental health lawyer for London-based solicitors TV Edwards. Alongside his hectic career, Justyn volunteers regularly and, with friends, leads two community provisions for rough sleepers near Kings Cross, helping to provide meals for homeless people twice a week.
Natalie joined our Board of Trustees in 2014, where she is currently Vice Chair and a member of the Organisational Development and Strategy and Remuneration sub-committees. She is keen to develop the role of volunteers within the organisation.
Natalie has held senior roles in a number of high profile organisations, working for the NSPCC, The Children’s Society, Unicef, The European Commission and most recently as Chief Executive of the Prison Fellowship. Natalie also has more than 15 years’ experience working as a volunteer with homeless, disabled and older people, asylum seekers, and children in a variety of settings in the UK and abroad.
Phil became involved with Spurgeons through its international children’s work in Kenya and Uganda before being appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2011, where his focus is to support our Health and Safety practices.
Phil is a retired GP and was responsible for commissioning healthcare services from his busy urban practice. Alongside this role with us, Phil is also on the Board at Global Care North East, part of Global Care.
Romaine joined our Board of Trustees in January 2015, where she is currently Vice-Chair, as well as a member of the Organisational Development and Strategy sub-committee.
Romaine has been a practising solicitor for over 25 years, latterly as a partner. Spurred on by wanting to make a difference, she has worked with many charities both at home and abroad over the years, supporting them through legal changes. She lives in Shropshire and enjoys reading and listening to a variety of music.
Ruth joined our Board of Trustees in 2012 and currently chairs our Standards and Outcomes sub-committee. Ruth brings a wealth of experience from the social work sector to Spurgeons.
Having worked briefly as a nurse, Ruth retrained and had a successful career in the civil service, holding Director positions in Children’s Services and Social Services at local authorities in the south east. After taking early retirement, Ruth and her husband moved to Kenya to volunteer for three years and, having returned to the UK, they still run the children's charity the Kenya Kids Education Trust.
After following the charity for a number of years, Simon joined our Board of Trustees in 2014 and currently chairs our External Communications and Fundraising sub-committee.
Simon is a professional fundraiser and has worked in the UK charity sector for more than ten years, currently leading the fundraising department for a Christian international development agency, All We Can. While specialising in corporate fundraising, he also has extensive experience in events, marketing, legacies and trusts work and holds a Masters in NGO Management. Alongside Simon's role with us, he is a committed volunteer at his church, Hillsong Church London.
Tim joined our Board of Trustees in 2011, sits on the External Communications and Fundraising sub-committee, and works closely with the teams on supporting our Christian and church engagement.
After starting out in a career in youth work on a large council estate in West Yorkshire and gaining qualifications in the sector, Tim went to work for Christian children's charity, e:merge, of which he has been CEO for the last four years, working with some of the most marginalised young people in the country. Alongside his role at Spurgeons, Tim also sits on boards supporting Bierley Life Centre and Windhill Futures.