Who’s who?

The staff team:

Susie Howe

Susie Howe – Director

Susie Howe was an HIV/AIDS nurse specialist who went on to found and direct The Bethany Project in Zimbabwe (a community-based orphan-care programme working with children in a rural district) and Pavement Project (that created a Bible-based approach to counselling traumatised children). She is the founding director of The Bethany Children’s Trust (BCT) and frequently travels overseas to mobilise and train churches in childcare and protection, and to strengthen BCT’s project partners. Susie speaks in churches and at events around the UK. She was a winner of the Alternative Rich List in 2009. Her book Resistance Fighter, about her work with children at risk, was published in 2011.

Find out more about Susie.

 

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Carolyn Gent

Carolyn Gent – Networking and Training Coordinator

Carolyn qualified and practised as a solicitor, before spending 18 years as a languages teacher, whilst raising her two children. A long-term supporter of BCT’s work, Carolyn translated documents to and from French for us, to facilitate our work with our francophone partner projects. She then felt the prompting of God to give up her full time teaching job to join BCT as our part-time Networking and Training Coordinator.  Her role is to strengthen the work of our partner projects through resourcing them with training materials, and through building networks with and for them, so that their work can have greater impact.

 

Andrew Wileman – Supporter Relations and Fundraising Coordinator

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Andrew Wileman

Andrew has significant involvement in social justice issues both here in the UK and overseas – particularly through his focus on the Salvation Army’s work in Eastern Europe. Andrew holds an M.A. in Applied Theology from the University of Gloucestershire. He has served as a church leader, as International Development Manager for large UK charities, and as Academic Tutor in Higher Education. In his role as BCT’s part-time Supporter Relations  and Fundraising Coordinator, Andrew prays that he can mobilise more and more ‘champions’ for BCT, who will speak up and act for children at risk. He lives with his wife and children in Dorset.

Eleanor North

Eleanor North

Eleanor North – Training and Project Development Coordinator

Before coming to BCT, Eleanor built up invaluable experience working for a church-led project in South Africa that supports children affected by HIV in local townships. She also worked on the prayer team for Viva. Based in South Africa, Eleanor is now the key point of contact for BCT’s project partners in different African nations. She equips the projects with training and on-going advice, guidance, resources and information to help them grow and develop their vital work.

Simeon Whiting

Simeon Whiting

Simeon Whiting – Communications Assistant

Simeon spent 14 years in full-time youthwork, before joining BCT. He’s also an experienced writer and editor, so the opportunity to use his flair with words for a charity which serves young people was too good for him to refuse! Simeon sees his role as being focused on sharing the stories of BCT’s partners. And he’ll tell you there are some fantastic stories to share.

 

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Steve Jardine

Steve Jardine – Finance Manager

Steve is an accountant with over twenty years’ experience in the private sector before feeling drawn to change focus and use that experience in a humanitarian context. His work with charities began by volunteering as Bookkeeper for an organisation reaching out to those in need in the local community, and continued when he became Treasurer at his church. He is now very happy to be looking after BCT’s finances. Steve is married and lives southwest of London with his wife and their Labrador.

 

Joseph Wisener – Administrator

Joseph Wisener

Joseph Wisener

Joseph is a huge asset to the staff team, bringing over 20 years’ experience in information management, and a passion for researching, storing and disseminating information. His previous roles include Information Officer at the Civil Aviation Authority and College Librarian at WEST Union School of Theology. Joseph is originally from Antrim and now lives on the south coast of England.

 

The Trustees

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Andrew Forsyth

Andrew Forsyth

Andrew, our Chair of Trustees, works for the Scottish Government and has a background in the charity sector, both in the UK and in Africa. Andrew joined the board of Trustees shortly after completing an MSc in International Development and a BA in Theology. Being involved with BCT provides an opportunity to combine these two disciplines and be involved in seeking justice for the least, the last and the lost. Andrew is married and lives in Edinburgh where he enjoys playing and watching football.

 

Chrissie Wilkinson

Chrissie Wilkinson, BCT trustee

Chrissie Wilkinson

Chrissie’s background includes 15 years of teaching, with experience in special educational needs, and 12 years working for an international organisation supporting children at risk, with her various roles including travel to many countries to train project leaders in aspects of child care. She is married with two teenage daughters and is currently a foster carer.

 

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Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith

An accountant by profession, with more than 15 years experience in public sector organisations, Jonathan currently works in Westminster. He has an MBA and is a member of the Chartered Management Institute.
In addition to his role with The Bethany Children’s Trust, Jonathan is a trustee of two other charities working in the faith and arts sectors. He is active in his local church and, to relax enjoys movies, cycling and watching rugby.

 

 

Gill Bradley

Gill Bradley

Gill Bradley

Gill has a wealth of experience and a true passion for BCT’s work. She was previously a member of BCT staff, serving as our Training and Project Development Coordinator before leaving to get married. Since then, she has worked for World Vision in their HR Department. Gill has directed The Bethany Project in Zimbabwe and taken part in several short-term missions, with BCT and World Vision. She has served as a warden in her church and also as a trustee for another charity.

 

Jane Beckford

Jane Beckford

Jane Beckford

Jane has recently retired after 36 years in nursing, including at senior management level, and brings significant experience in policy and governance to the role of Trustee. As an enthusiastic supporter of BCT since its inception, Jane has accompanied Susie and Gill on trips to partner projects, to deliver training on the prevention of infection. Jane is now focusing on developing a career in counseling psychology. She lives in Putney, where she is an active member of the Community Church, and enjoys cycling and photography.

 

You!

We’d love you to be a part of the BCT team!

BCT has a vision to build a movement of Champions for Children – people who refuse to accept a world where children have to suffer, and who are prepared to use some of their time, skills, talents, and influence – so that more and more marginalised children can be reached and released to be all that God has created them to be.

BCT needs people from all walks of life who can help with a whole range of things, such as raising awareness of BCT’s work in their churches and amongst their friends, helping with administration and fundraising, becoming a speaker for BCT, and much, much more. Find out more about becoming a BCT Champion for Children.