Director - Chris has spent over 20 years in pastoral ministry in the UK, most recently at Aylesbury Baptist Church where he took specific responsibilty for mission and worship. He was one of the founders of RUN (Reaching the Unchurched Network) and served as it's Director until the end of 2009. He is part of the leadership team of Eurochurch, a European-wide leadership network and is also co-author of Church on the Edge. Chris is married to Liz, they have two daughters and live in Buckinghamshire.
Administrator - Before taking on her role with Lead Academy Sally spent 11 years working as the church Administrator for Southcourt Baptist Church in Aylesbury. She is married to Mark and together they have 3 children, 6 grandchildren and Wilson the dog!
Director/Trustee - Nick is the founder leader of Riverside Church, Birmingham and a Lay Canon at Birmingham Cathedral. He is highly regarded as a creative communicator and teacher both nationally and internationally and is also the author of a number of books including ‘How to Survive as a Church Leader.’ Nick is married to Lois and they live in Birmingham.
Operations Manager - Gillian’s background is in education and church leadership support and her passion is to enable others to fulfil their calling. Gillian has been involved in educational leadership, coaching, professional development and adult literacy teaching in the UK and New Zealand. She has a PGCE in Adult Teaching and Literacy and a Masters in Educational Leadership. She and her husband Tim belong to Riverside Church in Birmingham.
Associate Director - Martin served as a second and first chair leader at St James Gerrards Cross over 17 years. He has extensive leadership experience in pastoral care, vocations, small group ministry, and leading a larger church. His passion is to see the local church flourish and grow and especially to support and nurture leaders.
Prior to ordination Martin was the Marketing Director for Gillette UK & Northern Europe. He is married to Sophie and they have three grown up daughters. He lives in South Bucks.
Trustee - Eric worked at Accenture for 20 years, where he was a partner in their management consulting practice focused on the health and life sciences industries. He is one of the leaders of Christ Church, Tunbridge Wells and is passionate about the church becoming all that God desires us to be. He has four children and lives in Tunbridge Wells.
Finance Manager - Prior to a career break to raise her children, Hannah worked in finance and strategy in both the UK and Asia. In addition to working with Lead Academy, Hannah is employed by her local church to implement it's multi-congregational strategy. She is married to Alex, has four children and lives in Stafford.
Trustee - Chris is the Senior Minister of Easthampstead Baptist Church, Bracknell where amongst many other things he leads the ‘Cinema and Curry Cluster’. Prior to training for the ministry he travelled all over the world as a Management Consultant and lived in the USA with his wife Ruth.
Trustee - Jim has worked in the healthcare industry in various roles across the world for over 16 years, most recently as European Managing Director for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. He is one of the leaders of Finchampstead Baptist Church and is passionate about seeing the church make a difference in our society. He is married to Karen and lives in Finchampstead.