Chair - Andrew Barnett

Andrew has been a Director of the UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation since September 2007.  An international charitable foundation with cultural educational, social and scientific interests, the UK branch aims to bring about long-term improvements in wellbeing, particularly for the most vulnerable, by creating connections across boundaries (national borders, communities, disciplines and sectors) which deliver social, cultural and environmental value. 

A strong believer in the value of collaboration, Andrew played a major role in the establishment of the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) Coalition, the Campaign to End Loneliness and the international arts and homelessness movement (With One Voice).

He was a founding director of the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) and a council member of Collaborate CIC.  He is a committee member of Healthwatch England, a director of the Forces in Mind Trust, a trustee of the Association of Charitable Foundations and a Church Warden at St Dunstan-in-the-West, Fleet Street. 

He previously served as chair of DV8 Physical Theatre, of Space Studios, group chair of People Can, a trustee of Addaction and director of Yorkshire Metropolitan Housing, among other appointments.

Andrew joined the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation where he was Director of Policy Development and Communications.  He has previously held senior roles at UK Sport, the National Consumer Council, HSBC Holdings, the Arts Council of England and the Foyer Federation for Youth, as well as working for the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homelessness and Housing Need.

Deputy Chair - Derek Twine CBE

Derek is active in European and global youth and leadership development, and in the UK's voluntary and community sector. He was UK Scouting’s CEO from 1996-2013. He has been a member of the Youth Panel of the National Trust, Working Groups and Commissions of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations and of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, and various other third sector initiatives. He writes widely, has presented evidence to Parliamentary Enquiries and Committees, has lobbied governments on key issues, and often represents youth work and the wider third sector in the media. He is a Trustee and Vice-Chair of CUF, Member of Council of both the National Trust and The Scout Association, and a member of the Strategic Advisory Board for the British Youth Council. He an active with his local church, and is engaged with community charities. In 2007, Derek was appointed CBE for “services to young people”.

Patrick Coldstream CBE

Patrick Coldstream is Chairman of the Hymns Ancient and Modern publishing group which includes SCM-Canterbury Press and The Church Times. He has helped found several charities, including two which aimed to create private/public sector partnerships to help into work those at greatest disadvantage in inner cities. He chaired the ecumenical Churches' Enquiry into Unemployment and the Future of Work, which was begun by the late David Sheppard, Bishop of Liverpool.

Reverend Canon Denise Poole

Denise Poole is currently Chaplain to the Bishop of Bradford. She grew up in Hackney, East London where she discovered God’s love and grace. She now lives and works in inner city Bradford. Denise has a background in adult education and community development. Ordained in 1993, she worked as Chaplaincy Coordinator at Bradford Hospitals NHS Trust, developing a Spiritual Care team to include people of different faiths.

Denise has been instrumental in setting up and supporting a range of church projects in multicultural, multi-faith areas, addressing poverty, community fragmentation and exclusion. She is a consultant to Bradford Churches for Diversity and Dialogue (BCDD) and a member of the Presence and Engagement working group of the Church of England. 

Brian Carroll MA Cantab

Brian Carroll's career was first as an administrative civil servant in the Treasury and subsequently as Finance Director of Waitrose.  On retirement in 2004, he took up appointments in the non-profit sector.  He has been a Board member of the L and Q Housing Association and, for one academic year, Interim Bursar of Brasenose College, Oxford.
His principal activity has, however, been as a Church Commissioner and member of its Assets Committee.  He is a Commissioners' appointee on the CUF Trust Board.  He and his wife, a retired teacher and lecturer, have two grown up daughters, and live near Oxford which enables him to indulge his love of music as a choral singer and audience member.  He endures frequent agonies and occasional ecstasies watching Ireland play rugby.

The Right Reverend Christopher Chessun

Christopher Chessun became Bishop of Southwark in 2011. He was previously Area Bishop of Woolwich (2005-2011) with its particular focus on urban communities and this remains central to his ministry. He served as Bishop for Urban Life and Faith for three years from 2010 to 2013 and is a member of the Mission and Public Affairs Council Working Group on Urban issues.

He trained for the priesthood at Westcott House, Cambridge. He was ordained deacon in 1983 and priest in 1984.

As Rector of St Dunstan and All Saints’ Stepney, Diocese of London, 1993 - 2001 and Area Dean of Tower Hamlets, 1997 – 2001, he was closely associated with issues of urban deprivation, social exclusion, poverty and social change. He moved from Stepney to be Archdeacon of Northolt in 2001 before moving into the Diocese of Southwark in 2005.

The Diocese of Southwark which extends across south London and east Surrey is one of the most urban dioceses in the Church of England with a significant mix of communities where social exclusion is found alongside increased gentrification. 

The main focus of his ministry is to ensure that the Church of England continues to be at the heart of urban mission and discipleship, so that the Gospel can be heard and proclaimed for all the people of this land amid rapid changes in society. He is a strong advocate for the parish system as the most effective means of church presence and engagement in the life of local communities.

Andrew Dorton

Andrew has been employed by the Church of England as Social Responsibility Officer for Hull and East Riding since November 1988.  As a one-time local member of the Government’s oversight body of a failing City Council, Andrew is now a City Councillor having been a member of the Delivery Board (executive) of Hull’s Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) in between.  

Andrew has several governance roles, Chair, treasurer, trustee, at a number of local voluntary organisations large and small.  At the height of voluntary sector funding, he was responsible for the employment of over 80 staff and a turnover of over £2m across these various organisations.  

Andrew is also a community activist, working with unpaid and unfunded groups across Hull including, at present, in North Bransholme where he lives.  He has major interests in community development work and housing/regeneration, and latterly in ‘municipal land reform’ and the enclosure of welfare.   

Andrew is married with two children.  For the last twenty years his family have lived on North Bransholme estate, Hull’s outer-most council estate.

John Iles

John has had a career in environmental and urban regeneration as Development Director for the Groundwork Foundation and then as the Regeneration Consultant for Anthony Collins Solicitors based in Birmingham.

John and his wife Linda moved to Uncllys Farm in the Wyre Forest near Bewdley in Worcestershire in 2004. Since then they have worked hard to restore and develop the farm as a modern interpretation of Ruskin’s ideas for within a rural community.

John is an experienced regeneration practitioner and has used his skills to bring about significant improvements at Uncllys and in the wider landscape of the Wyre Forest.

He is active in Bewdley, founding and remaining a director of Bewdley Development Trust to regenerate the town after severe floods in 2000 and then the aftermath of foot and mouth disease.

John was active in the setting up of Thrive Together Birmingham, a CUF/Birmingham Diocese Joint Venture. He chairs the Development Committee and is a CUF Trustee.

John and Linda have two grown up children Jenny and James.