Profiles

CHRISTIANS ABROAD MANAGEMENT TEAM

Providing accountability, administration and support services which include arranging insurance, preparation of volunteers and consultancy 

Andrew Wileman (CHAIR & TRUSTEE)

Andrew is the Assistant Director for the Salvation Army Older Peoples Ministries Team. He line manages the teams of mission specialists for older people working on a range of programme development projects with Corps and Divisions across the UKI territory.
Prior to that Andrew held management roles in Research and Development and the Anti-Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Team. He was directly involved in the management and monitoring of the UK Government contract that the Salvation Army holds regarding the care and support for all adult victims of Human Trafficking in England and Wales.
He holds a B.A and M.A in Applied Theology from the University of Gloucestershire. He has served as a Church leader, an International Development Manager for UK charities, and a Communications Director and Academic Tutor for Moorlands Bible College before moving to the Salvation Army in 2012.
Andrew is a regular public speaker in Churches and Centres on local and national media, and has wide experience in Social Justice issues both here in the UK and overseas, particularly his focus on the Salvation Army’s work in Older People, Social Care, Human Trafficking and on Eastern Europe where he has visited many times.
Andrew is a Yorkshireman by birth, but currently lives on the South Coast. He is married to Karen, and has a son and 2 daughters.

David Brett (TRUSTEE)

“I am married to Betty and have three grown up daughters and nine grandchildren, six of whom live very near us! I am a retired schoolteacher and am involved in music and administration at my local church, Bethel Christian Fellowship, Witham. I love walking with friends and enjoy trying to grow a lot of my own vegetables and fruit.

I have been working for Christians Abroad since 2008, dealing with the recruitment of volunteers, providing a support service which aims to take the stress out of finding and arranging a placement and provides a modular preparation course backed up by personal advice and encouragement.

I have visited Kenya and Ghana and find interacting with both volunteers and project leaders in various countries very interesting and fulfilling.”  David is an elder at Bethel Christian Fellowship, Witham.

Colin South (RETIRED)

“I am married to Kathy with two sons and five grandchildren, all of whom live at a distance. I trained as a secondary school Chemistry teacher and worked as a teacher of several subjects in Ghana, Jamaica and the UK. I was Director of Friends School in Ramallah, Palestine. I have also worked in charity administration as General Secretary of Christians Abroad Ltd. and as Director of Global Ministries, Friends United Meeting in the United States. I love music, art and literature and try to keep fit. I am kept busy, as a Quaker, working in my Local Meeting and in the Religious Society of Friends generally at regional and national level.

I have worked for Christians Abroad when it was an independent charitable company for over fourteen years, and as it is now since 2007, as a project of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.'  

Colin has done fantastic work with leading Christians Abroad for many years and has now retired from Christians Abroad.

Gordon (TRUSTEE)

Gordon is married with grown up children.  He is a construction industry Health & Safety professional and was for a time the part-time pastor of Bethel Christian Fellowship, Witham.

Simone (EXECUTIVE OFFICER)

Simone is married with young children and attends Bethel Christian Fellowship, Witham, with her family.  Simone is a Chartered Accountant and manages Christians Abroad finances.

Alistair & Rachel (TRUSTEES)

Alistair & Rachel have three grown up children.  Alistair is a rural practice Chartered Surveyor along with two postgraduate degrees specialising in development studies. Currently studying BTheology.  Rachel is MA English Language & Literature along with CELTA and good at art and craft.  We have carried out Christian community development work in a number of countries.  We recently started working with Christians Abroad in 2016 focusing on Christians Abroad insurance and special projects along with being field officers for the Holy Land & Jordan. Alistair & Rachel fellowship at the Free Church of Scotland, Kirkcaldy.

Volunteer Field Officers

Volunteer Field Officers are accountable to the Management Team and provide: biannual trips to their areas to discuss and report on volunteer placements with Christians Abroad partners abroad; recruitment services for volunteer placements; may also be engaged in their own Christians Abroad special projects; and may also be asked by the management team to visit their respective areas out with the formal biannual partner visits.  

NEPAL - Jennifer is the Field Officer (Nepal) and specialises in community development - women and young adult vocational skills and small business development

KENYA - Anne and Joelah are the Field Officers (Kenya).  Anne is a long standing professional refugee trauma counsellor and Joelah a professional social worker.

Holy Land & Jordan - Alistair & Rachel are the Field Officers (Holy Land & Jordan) as well as trustees.