The UCCF trust board is responsible for the oversight and governance of our work, ensuring that we're always working to effectively meet our charitable objectives.
The trust board meet together at least four times a year. The board oversees our finances, establishes key policies (such as our safeguarding policy), and ensures our legal responsibilities are met.
The composition of the trust board is designed such that it maintains a good understanding of the student/academic world, and a student voice is ensured by the inclusion of the chair of UCCF's Student Council.
The trustees of UCCF are listed below.
Simon grew up in Kent and studied Maths at the University of Cambridge. After university he stayed on in Cambridge, training as an accountant with KPMG and then pursued a career in finance, most recently as Finance Director and Company Secretary at CMR Surgical.
He is a member of Christ Church, Cambridge along with his wife, Sarah, and their three children.
Jenny is the Apprentice Programme Co-ordinator for Friends International, providing cross-cultural ministry training for junior staff working amongst international students in the UK.
Originally from Sussex, Jenny studied Biology at Southampton University, where being part of the CU established her in her faith. After working as a science teacher, she joined UCCF as Staff Worker in the Midlands. Those four years laid foundations for ministry, and nurtured a passion for the Bible and for world mission. She went on to serve with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students: first in Uganda, and later for five years in Russia where she served alongside and provided training for the first generation of national staff. On returning to the UK, Jenny was Senior Associate Minister at All Souls Church, Langham Place in London for ten years, with training, world mission and pastoral responsibilities.
Jenny now lives back in the village she grew up in, near Brighton. She is a lay minister in her local church, enjoys getting out onto the South Downs and is delighted to be involved with helping Ukrainians settle in the local community.
Jenny is one of the lead trustees for safeguarding.
Mark was founder and Chief Executive of a professional services company providing HR advice to clients across public, private and third sectors, including many of the UK’s largest charities.
Prior to this he held senior HR roles in major UK and US parented companies and is a former Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
He studied at the University of Kent, where he was a CU leader and has an academic background in employee relations. A Director of the Christian video business Go Chatter Media, he is also Chair of Trustees of Kinetic Network, which a family of Spirit and Word leaders and churches.
Gareth, a qualified actuary, leads bp ventures, bp’s corporate venture capital activities. Prior to joining bp, he held a variety of senior leadership roles in the Norwegian energy company, Equinor. Based in London, he has experience from all aspects of the global energy value having had responsibilities across all continents.
Gareth, an Irish citizen, first encountered UCCF when at Heriot-Watt University and is pleased to see his two sons benefiting from its work now that they are also at university. He is also a trustee of Stewardship and his local church in Hampstead. Married to Siobhán, he is a keen cyclist and enjoys trying to keep up with his sons.
Born in Inverness and raised in Scotland, James studied Law at Edinburgh University and, after a few years working for a law firm doing corporate finance work, he is now General Counsel and Company Secretary of Aegon UK. He is an elder of Edinburgh North Church. James is also chair of UCCF’s Scottish Advisory Council.
James and his wife, Beccie, live in Edinburgh with their four children.
James is one of the lead trustees for safeguarding.
Jai studied Maths at the University of Nottingham where he was active in his CU serving on the exec. Jai then studied for a Master's at the University of Leicester, the city he grew up in. Whilst at university Jai has been a part of the UCCF Student Council; he is currently the Chairing the group.
Recently Jai has moved to London to start his career as an actuary in a graduate role for a financial consultancy.
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