Who We Are


Simon Wareham – Chair of Trustees

I have been a Trustee of CRED since November 2014. I first came into contact with CRED when Paul Sanderson, the then Chair of CRED Trustees, came to a service at our church to talk about a CRED project and potential trip to Zambia in 2009. I thought to myself ‘now that’s something amazing, I would like to be involved with something like that’. The opportunity to go on a CRED trip to Ethiopia then came my way in 2010 and it was a mind-bending, life-impacting event, getting up close with the wonderful people of that very special country. I then returned to Ethiopia for the following three years taking CRED trips to work with our partners there.  In 2018, I visited GNPDR, the CRED partner in Rwanda, a particularly pertinent visit for me as our church has had a long history of relationship with the country through mission links there.

I am now recently retired after a long career working in the financial services industry, working principally at Barclays Bank and the UK insurer LV=.  Since retiring I have begun volunteering at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), supporting their passion for “Giving Nature a Home” and indulging my own passion for bird watching and caring for the creation of which we have been made stewards.  I assumed the role of Chairman of CRED Trustees in January 2020.

I am church warden and treasurer at St Andrew’s Kinson in Bournemouth, where I lead worship and preach. I am married to my wonderful wife Sue, who is a part-time receptionist, having retired from working in early years education a few years ago. We have four brilliant, beautiful daughters, two of whom live in London, one in Bristol, and one (and her partner and young son) who live at home with us.  Hannah, our eldest daughter, who is married and has a son, has been a leader on CRED team trips visiting Thailand, India, Ethiopia and Uganda. When I get spare time, I enjoy bird watching, photography and sharing a walk and a coffee with my wife.

Steve Bridgeman

I am married with four children between 20 and 29. Our daughters live in Japan and South Africa and our sons are in the UK. I teach languages in Further Education. At the time of writing, my wife and I are planning to spend a year walking alongside one of CRED’s partners in Zambia. I’ve been a Christian for over 40 years and have been involved in youth work, worship leading and church leadership. I love it when worship and justice collide.

Rozzie Harrison

I work as a conveyancer at a law firm in Teesside, which is a step on the journey to becoming a solicitor. I am originally from the Bristol area but I have lived in the North East for over six years now. I had a gap year in Bolivia after university, and I loved living in a different culture and having all the new experiences that come with that. I visited a few CRED partners during my student years, so I am looking forward to getting involved more with the future of CRED and the support of these partners going forward.

I am an active member of a local church and attending a gym also keeps me occupied now that I have finished my masters degree. 

Cheryl Jenkinson

My name is Cheryl Jenkinson and I’m married to Rich.  I live in Thornbury and have 4 children aged 16, 13, 5 and 2.  I originally trained in Theology and Music at London School of Theology and became a youth and music pastor after I graduated in 2000.  In 2003 I started working for The Lighthouse Group, a charity which works with children at risk of exclusion from school.  I was a youthworker, but then joined the operations department, with responsibility for finances and fundraising, culminating in my gaining qualifications in Fundraising.

Along the way I have assisted other small charities with book-keeping, fundraising and strategic development, and then, after moving to Thornbury from Bradford in 2015, I became involved in JIGSAW Thornbury, a charity that supports families with children with additional needs.  Our young son has Down Syndrome, so I joined initially as a parent, but quickly became involved more strategically as a trustee, including a term as chair of trustees.  In 2019, I passed on the role of chair, but remain an active trustee and regular volunteer.

I am excited at the prospect of becoming a trustee for CRED.  I have followed and actively supported the work of the charity for the last couple of years and it is a huge honour to play a more involved part in its ongoing development.

Paul Johnson

I currently work for Forestry England and lead their HR team at the National Office based in Bristol. I have held HR Director and Operational roles over the last 25 years in Aerospace, Defence and the Nuclear Industries as well as being an Interim HR consultant in the last few years. I have a range of Business experiences in delivering major HR Business projects, including Pension reforms and Organisational Design and Business Systems implementation. On the academic front I have a Law Degree, hold a Master’s Degree in Organisational & Management Development from Bristol University, and am a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (MCIPD). 

Outside of work I enjoy watching rugby, tennis, football and golf and am a keen supporter of both Bristol Rovers and Bath Rugby.

“CRED is a great opportunity to offer something back and use my experience to help others who are in less fortunate circumstances – it will be exciting to see CRED develop moving forwards … exciting times!” 

Nicky Phipps

My name is Nicky Phipps, wife to David, mother to two teenage daughters and a committed Christian. A qualified Chartered Surveyor, I “retired” about 19 years ago when my eldest daughter was born. Since then I have been a full-time wife and mother and in my spare time I have undertaken a number of voluntary roles at my local Baptist church, serving the local community through the toddler group, children’s holiday clubs and the Foodbank.


Helen Harrison – Operations Manager

I have been involved with CRED since 2009, first as a team member on a trip to Thailand, then as a trip leader, and then I joined the staff team and did all the organisation and logistics for all the CRED Team Trips. More recently I have taken on the role of Partner Liaison and Donor Support Manager.

I have visited all of the CRED Partners on several occasions, so I know very well just how inspirational they all are. It’s a real honour to be able to support their work through my role in CRED.

I am mother to adult twin daughters and am married to Tim. My faith is at the heart of my life and I am an active member of Thornbury Baptist Church. I am involved in the local community through being a local councillor and a trustee of two local charities. I unwind by gardening, baking and to keep fit I enjoy all the triathlon disciplines, or a visit to the gym if the weather is really bad!

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