Who We Are

CRED Foundation has the following governance structure:

  • As an Act 4 You project within Links International, we come under the overall governance of the Links International trustees, and the policies and procedures that they operate by.
  • Voluntary Partner Liaison Manager, who acts as principal point of contact between Links staff, CRED board of reference, CRED partners and the CRED donors and supporters.
  • CRED Board of Reference, who provide support for the Partner Liaison Manager.
Helen Harrison – Partner Liaison 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!

CRED Board of Reference

Cheryl Jenkinson

I am Cheryl Jenkinson and I’m married to Rich. I live in Thornbury and have 4 children of which the younger three are still at school. I originally trained in Theology and Music and became a youth and music pastor after I graduated. Since then I have worked in the charity sector in paid and volunteer roles, particularly focusing on book-keeping, fundraising and strategic development.

I first got to know about CRED through the Acholi support programme in Uganda. I am delighted and honoured to be able to serve on the CRED Board of reference, and play a part in the ongoing journey of CRED Foundation.

Nicky Phipps

I am Nicky Phipps, wife to David, mother to two teenage daughters and a committed Christian. A qualified Chartered Surveyor, I “retired” about 20 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.

Simon Wareham

I have been connected with CRED since 2010, when I went on my first trip to a CRED partner in Ethiopia. I then became a trustee in 2014, and chair of trustees in 2020. I am delighted to continue my involvement as a member of the CRED board of reference.

Since retiring, I volunteer for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and 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, and we have four brilliant, beautiful, adult daughters. 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 23 and 32. Our daughters live in America and South Africa and our sons in New Zealand and the UK. I teach languages in Further Education. In 2021/22, my wife, Jane, and I spent a year walking alongside one of CRED’s partners in Zambia and another in Malawi. I’ve been a Christian for over 45 years and have been involved in youth work, worship leading and church leadership. I love it when worship and justice collide.

Zac Cook

I was first introduced to CRED as a teenager in 2009, on a CRED team trip to Ethiopia. I subsequently took part in team trips to Ethiopia (again), Thailand, Rwanda, Malawi and Uganda, the latter two as team leader. I am extremely honoured to now be on the board of reference for CRED and be able to work with the team to ensure CRED has a long future supporting our incredible partners.

I have worked as a carpenter since leaving school in 2009 and have been self-employed since early 2020. I enjoy spending my free time with friends and family, currently working towards winning the title of favourite uncle with my newly born niece!

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