As a charitable company, limited by guarantee and registered in England (Company No. 9196281 and Registered Charity No. 1159355) we are governed by our Trustee Board:



Rt. Revd Paul Ferguson: Bishop of Whitby

Tel: 01642 593273

E-mail [email protected]

Paul Ferguson is Bishop of Whitby.  He grew up on Merseyside and served as a priest in Chester, Westminster, and York.  Since 2001 he has been a member of the Archbishop’s team with particular responsibilities in the area of South Tees and the North York Moors.  His wife Penny works for Tees Valley Music Service in Redcar & Cleveland schools.  They have three grown-up children and one grandson.  Paul has been Chair of Together Middlesbrough & Cleveland since its start.



Revd Dominic Black: Rural Dean of Middlesbrough

Since 1998 Dominic has ministered in outer estate and inner urban deprived communities in Hull and Middlesbrough.  He has been involved in many community development initiatives and partnerships particularly with children and young people.  He is vicar of Holy Trinity North Ormesby, a parish with an extensive social action programme and is Chair of North Ormesby Big Local partnership.


Mr John Hinman: Representative from RC Diocese of Middlesbrough

John Hinman is originally from Middlesbrough and worked in the retail industry before going to University as a mature student. He spent seventeen years in senior positions in Further Education before embarking on a career in the charity sector. John spent most of his time at the NSPCC developing safeguarding programmes in ethnic, refugee and asylum seeker communities. John is a former Trustee of the Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough. He is now retired and is a Trustee of TM&C and several refugee charities. John worked with others in developing the John Paul Centre, Middlesbrough into a community hub. He is also playing a part in the development of TM&C Champions.


Mr Jon Miles: JV Development Manager, Church Urban Fund

Jon is Development Manager for Church Urban Fund, working on most things to do with setting up, running and developing Together partnerships across the country, including help with governance, planning, recruitment of workers, supporting workers and trustees, network meetings and gatherings. He has a background in regeneration and community development work, and experience working in the private, public and charity sectors, as well as involvement in a range of church-based initiatives.


Mrs Kate Morris: Lay Chair of Middlesbrough Deanery

Living in Middlesbrough for nearly fifty years, Kate Morris was until retirement headteacher of the Cleveland Assessment Unit for pre-school children with disabilities.  She is the lay chair of Middlesbrough Deanery Synod and co-founder of the Welcome Break drop-in centre at St Barnabas Church where she has worshipped for many years.  She is chair of the Davison Trust, a local grant giving charity supporting children with disabilities and their families.  She is married with two children and four grandchildren.

Rev Stephen Sutton, Minister of Coulby Newham Baptist Church

Rev Stephen Sutton is the Minister of Coulby Newham Baptist Church in south Middlesbrough. He grew up in Manchester before serving as a missionary in Nepal. Later he trained for ordination at Spurgeon's College in London before moving to the North East to lead the Baptist Church in Middlesbrough.

Stephen has a big heart for the Church in Teesside being united and working together on God's mission. He also leads the Christ First Middlesbrough Network and is a Council member for the Evangelical Alliance. 


Father Adam Gaunt, Rector of Loftus-in-Cleveland and Carlin How with Skinningrove

Father Adam was born in Middlesbrough and grew up within the East Cleveland villages of Brotton and Boosbeck. He was Assistant Curate in the parish of The Ascension, Berwick Hills and was appointed Rector of Loftus-in-Cleveland & Carlin How with Skinningrove in March 2009. 

In October 2015 Father Adam was elected to the House of Clergy of the General Synod of the Church of England. 

In East Cleveland, Father Adam has been a Governor at Whitecliffe Primary Academy School in Carlin How from 2009 until 2018 and was a founder member of the Teesside Learning Trust, Multi-Academy Trust.  He became a Trustee in of the Teesside Learning Trust in March 2018.

Father Adam has been a trustee at the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum since October 2009 and is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees.


Mrs Barbara Edwards provides administrative support to the Board of Trustees, and helps to keep the TMC website up to date. She is the administrator of St Barnabas Church, Linthorpe and is married with one grown-up son.