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  • Stuart Cornwell - Chair - Spurgeons Board of Trustees.

    Stuart Cornwell O.B.E


    Stuart is the chairman of our Board of Trustees. He has been a personal supporter of the charity for more than 20 years. His working life has been varied including a career path in the Navy and senior appointments in the probation service and the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS). He joined our Board of Trustees in 2008 and has been chairman since 2011. Alongside his role at 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. At Spurgeons, as well as being Chair of the Board of Trustees, he is also the Chair of the Organisational Development and Strategy sub-committee and Remunerations sub-committee. Stuart lives in Stockton on Tees and has been married to Margaret for more than 35 years and are both members of Stockton Baptist Tabernacle.

  • Bob Groves C.B.E - Spurgeons Board of Trustees.

    Bob Groves C.B.E

    Bob worked as a Group Director in BT for over ten years and subsequently retired following a further year as a special advisor to the Chairman. He is an expert in IT and specialist communications having been an advisor to both the Child Exploitation Online Protection agency ( CEOP ) and to the Foreign Office. He holds degrees in Engineering and Business Management and holds numerous Fellowships. In addition to his role with Spurgeons, Bob is currently the Chairman of the Communications Liaison Group (Staff Corps) within the British Army and in this capacity holds the rank of Colonel. 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 was made a CBE for services to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2007. Bob joined our Board of Trustees in 2011 and has a focus on our justice work as well as IT and data security.

  • Carol Russell - Spurgeons Board of Trustees.

    Carol Russell

    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 and currently works part-time as a management consultant to the industry. 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.

  • Justyn Singlehurst - Spurgeons Board of Trustees.

    Justyn Singlehurst

    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. He joined our Board of Trustees in 2014 and is a member of the Standards and Outcomes sub-committee and has a particular focus on participation.

  • Natalie Cronin - Spurgeons Board of Trustees.

    Natalie Cronin

    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 latterly as Chief Executive of the Prison Fellowship. Alongside this, Natalie also has more than fifteen 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. She 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 also keen to develop the role of volunteers within the organisation.

  • Phil Inch - Spurgeons Board of Trustees.

    Phil Inch

    Phil is a retired GP and was responsible for commissioning healthcare services from his busy urban practice. Philip became involved with Spurgeons through its international children’s work in Kenya and Uganda before being appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2011. Phil's focus is to support our Health and Safety practices. Alongside this role with us, Phil is also on the Board at Global Care North East - part of Global Care.

  • Romaine Thompson - Spurgeons Board of Trustees.

    Romaine Thompson

    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. 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-commitee. She lives in Shropshire and enjoys reading and listening to a variety of music.

  • Ruth Vincent - Spurgeons Board of Trustees.

    Ruth Vincent

    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, still run children's charity the Kenya Kids Education Trust in the African country. Ruth joined our Board of Trustees in 2012 and currently chairs our Standards and Outcomes sub-committee.

  • Simon Beresford - Spurgeons Board of Trustees.

    Simon Beresford

    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. After following the organisation for a number of years, Simon joined our Board of Trustees in 2014 and currently chairs our External Communications and Fundraising sub-committee. Alongside Simon's role with us, he is a committed volunteer at his church, Hillsong Church London.

  • Tim Elgar - Spurgeons Board of Trustees.

    Tim Elgar

    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. 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. Alongside his role at Spurgeons, Tim also sits on boards, supporting Bierley Life Centre and Windhill Futures.

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