BOARD OF TRUSTEES The Near Neighbours board oversees the programme. Their role is to govern Near Neighbours by establishing its policies and objectives and to ensure the legal duties of the charity, its finances and operations, are carried out properly. Click here to find out more about each of our trustees. Expand Baroness Margaret Eaton – Chairman of the Board of Trustees: Baroness Eaton OBE is a Conservative Party life peer in the British House of Lords and a Councillor with Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council since 1986. She has extensive experience working in the political sphere and in diverse faith and ethnic environments. Rt Revd Richard Atkinson OBE – Trustee: Richard is Bishop of Bedford and has a track record of community focused ministry. He was founder Chair of the St Philip’s Centre in Leicester and is Co-Chair of the national Hindu Christian Forum. Revd Mark Poulson – Trustee: Mark Poulson is the Inter-Faith Advisor to the Archbishop of Canterbury, chair of Near Neighbours' Faiths Advisory Panel, chair of the Southall Faith Forum and Member of the Church’s National Presence & Engagement Task Group. Mark has been instrumental in setting up and supporting a range of church projects in multicultural, multi-faith areas, addressing poverty, community fragmentation and exclusion. Revd Sarah Schofield – Trustee: Sarah is the vicar of All Saints Wolverhampton and a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Birmingham. Her ministry and academic work are deeply concerned with the empowerment of women. Near Neighbours supported the development of a sex workers' project in All Saints and it was this positive experience of development support that led to Sarah joining Near Neighbours as part of her role as a member of Archbishops' Council. Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave – Trustee: Michael Ipgrave is Bishop of Woolwich, in the Diocese of Southwark, with oversight of the Church of England’s presence in the diverse communities of South East London, including 105 churches and 37 church schools. He has a particular interest and involvement in inter faith and ecumenical relations, both in the UK and internationally. Revd Canon Paul Hackwood – Trustee: Paul Hackwood is a Residentiary Canon at Leicester Cathedral and is Chair of Church Urban Fund. He has extensive experience of social justice issues from a faith perspective, having worked previously as Social Responsibility Adviser to the Bishop of St Albans and as Vicar of Thornbury in Bradford. Revd Canon Denise Poole – Trustee: Denise Poole is currently Chaplain to the Bishop of Bradford. She grew up in Hackney, East London and now lives and works in inner city Bradford. Denise has expertise in engaging and working with other faith communities. She is a consultant to Bradford Churches for Diversity and Dialogue (BCDD). Mr Matthew Girt – Trustee: Matthew Girt is the Director of Strategy and Implementation in the Diocese of Rochester. He was previously the Director of the Strategic Development department at London Diocese where he founded the strategic approach to development and regeneration as well as being the initiator of the Diocese new partnership with CUF, Capital Mass. Matthew is a Director of a private sector Planning and Property information company, and previous trustee of Churches Conservation Trust. He has long term experience in urban regeneration and worked closely with the Mayor of London and his champion for Tottenham to produce the ‘It Took Another Riot’ report. Rt Revd Mark Davies – Trustee: Mark Davies is the Suffragan Bishop of Middleton in the Church of England Diocese of Manchester. Mark has the Episcopal brief for issues concerning church and society including urban and interfaith matters. Revd Canon Eve Pitts – Trustee: Eve Pitts is Vicar of Holy Trinity, Birchfield in Birmingham, an extremely diverse community. She was the first black female vicar in England. Toby Howarth - Trustee: Toby is Bishop of Bradford, and was previosuly the National Adviser for Inter Religious Affairs and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs. He has long experience of inter religious relations and previously served as Inter Faith Adviser to the Bishop of Birmingham. Toby was Vice Principal at Crowther Hall in Selly Oak where he also taught Islamic studies having previously spent five years in India where he carried out research on the subject of Islamic preaching. Francis Davis - Trustee: Francis is Professor of Communities and Public Policy at the University of Birmingham and hon CEO of the Cathedral Innovation Centre as well as a journalist and consultant. His work focuses on enterprise, connecting communities and social care. He previously taught at Cambridge and held a Fellowship at Oxford University and is a weekly columnist for the national Catholic Times.