Trustee Board

The Baptist Union has a Trustee board made up of twelve members elected by the Council. The role of the trustees is to provide strategic direction for our Union, ensure appropriate policies are in place and operated effectively, to oversee the Union's structure and to ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.

They meet four times a year, and invite people to join them to advise them on particular matters.

To read a shortened 2016 Trustees report, suitable for Church notice boards, please click here

To view the full Report and Consolidated Financial Statements for 2016, please click here

For more information on our trustees, see below:
Barbara Carpenter Barbara Carpenter is minister of Stoke St Gregory Baptist Church in rural Somerset. Barbara is a trained spiritual director and leads retreats and quiet days. She is an Associate Member of the Iona Community. She is a school governor and is interested in the spirituality of children and has recently become a Godly Play practioner.
ChristinaCarter website Christina Carter is married to a Baptist Minister and together they serve a church in Hastings, East Sussex.  Christina works part-time as an Administrator in the NHS, working for the local Health Visiting Team.  She has been a Street Pastor for 7 years, and regularly leads a team at night to serve the town centre in Hastings. Christina has served locally as a Trustee with Hastings Street Pastors, with the local Christian Schools Workers Project, and as a Governor at the local secondary academy.  Christina has served on the National Executive Committee of Connexion for 10 years, formerly as Promotions Rep, and latterly as Secretary. (Connexion is a network of people married to Baptist Ministers.) She is aware of the joys and pressures of manse life, and is often looking for ways to protect and guard ministerial family life.  Their church is in a deprived seaside community which has complex and challenging needs. Christina regularly finds herself intrigued by how to translate the hope we have in our churches, into the great need beyond the doors.  She enjoys baking and hanging out with the family.
A Cowley web picture Andrew Cowley has been a Baptist Minister for 27 years and is presently Minister at Tring Baptist Church in the Chilterns.  His background includes Business Management and Development with specialisms in leadership development & implementation, organisational & strategy design and project management.  He has previously worked for CPAS (an Anglican mission agency) where he was involved in senior management and leadership development and is currently helping local churches, encouraging clergy and leadership teams.  Andrew is also involved in coaching and mentoring leaders from the commercial world, is a member of the Baptist Missionary Society council of reference, a former school governor and has been involved in the formation of two charities.
Andrew is passionate about his family, the local church, flying kites, photography and Rugby Union.
Marion Fiddes has worked in a local authority or the health service for the past fifty years, either as an accountant or as a project manager dealing with capital investment, site planning and leading project teams for developing new buildings at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. Since retirement she has set up her own consultancy and worked on the finance elements of the business case to rebuild Broadmoor Hospital and a Medium Secure Unit in Ealing. Marion is a trustee of the Baptist Building Fund and is a keen member and Deacon of New Road Baptist Church in Oxford. She is also trustee and treasurer of the Creative Dementia Arts Network and the Oxford Winter Night Shelter charities. She has lived with her husband and family in Regent’s Park College for most of her life and enjoyed that community life immensely.
Lynn Green Lynn Green is General Secretary of the Baptist Union.
LindaHopkins Linda Hopkins is minister in training at Waterloo United Free Church on Merseyside. She was a tutor at Northern Baptist College and prior to that tutor in Youth Work and Ministry at Oasis College, London.  She is an experienced youth worker and trainer and is studying for a PhD exploring young people's experiences of communion within Baptist churches. She is a trained Spiritual Director. 
Phil Jump website Phil Jump graduated from Liverpool Polytechnic as a marine electrical engineer and worked for 9 years at Cammell Laird Shipbuilders, where he eventually became Material Control Manager, overseeing the transition to a computerised material procurement and management system. After leaving Spurgeon’s College, he served as minister at New Addington Baptist Church, an area of significant social need on the edge of Croydon. During that time, as well as helping the church to grow, he led a number of community initiatives which included chairing the community partnership, launching a community magazine and chairing one of the UK’s first Education Action Zones. He was also the founder and creative director of Crossroads Theatre Company.
Phil has been Regional Minister for NWBA for 15 years, serving a diverse community of local churches and ministers in a variety of contexts. He was one of the original BUGB trustees, standing down when his youngest daughter, Emma was born in 2010. He has also served on the Baptist Strategy Forum, Futures Steering Group, Transitional Steering Group and Baptist Steering Group. He also led the recent ministry review for BUGB “IGNITE” and has served as a member of Council for 15 years. He serves as a trustee of several charities and is chair of the historic charity Industrial Christian Fellowship, made famous through the work of Geoffrey Studdert-Kennedy and William Temple. He has also served for the last 2 years as interim Public Issues Co-ordinator for Baptists Together. Phil is married to Jan, a chef in a local garden centre, has two grown up children currently studying drama and music at York and Leeds universities, leads the children’s music team in his local church and is an avid supporter of Liverpool Football Club.
Joe Kapolyo Joe Kapolyo is the Lead Minister at Edmonton Baptist Church in north London. He was principal of All Nations Christian College (Herts) until December 2005. Previously, he worked with the Scripture Union in Zambia (1976-84) before ordination in 1985. He has since served as pastor of Ndola Baptist Church (Zambia) and Central Baptist Church (Harare, Zimbabwe). He has also been principal of the Theological College of Central Africa (TCCA) in Ndola in Zambia (1996-2001). He is a Trustee and member of the Council of Scripture Union (England and Wales).
John Levick John Levick is Honorary Treasurer of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.  John is a member and deacon of Castle Hill Baptist Church in Warwick. Previously he has been in membership in churches in Worcestershire, Wiltshire, London, Cheshire and Hertfordshire. He has served as both Church Treasurer and Church Secretary. Since retiring early from banking in 2005 he was Treasurer of the Heart of England Baptist Association and also on the Baptist Building Fund, taking on the Chair in 2012. He has been a Trustee of the Baptist Ministers Pension Fund and the Baptist Staff Pension Scheme. Whilst still being a trustee of the Baptist Building Fund he stepped down from the other roles on becoming Treasurer of the Union.  John  continues to attend the Pension Fund Trustees meetings but now as employer representative. Aside from Baptist life John is also a trustee of two grant making Christian charities.  When time allows he also works part time as a Tour Manager for Great Rail Journeys.
Rich Webb3 Rich Webb is the Moderator of the Baptist Union of Great Britain Trustee Board.   After a degree in Engineering and a short career in banking, Rich trained for ministry at Spurgeon’s College.  After 13 years leading local churches (Scunthorpe Baptist Church and Upton Vale Baptist Church) Rich became the European Director of Biglife, a global disciple-making movement.  Rich also works as a leadership consultant for GiANT Worldwide.  During his time in Scunthorpe Rich was involved in wider ministry, including serving as the Moderator of the Board of Directors of the EMBA and hosting Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit.  He loves the great outdoors as well as gadgets, technology and anything with an engine.