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.
Married with four children between 15 and 24, I teach languages in further, higher and adult education and privately. I’ve been a Christian for 38 years since I was 15 and have been involved in youth work, worship leading and church leadership, in the UK and France. I love it when justice and worship collide.
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.
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.
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 (MICPD).
Outside of work I enjoys 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!”
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.
I’m looking forward to joining CRED as a Trustee as it undergoes a period of change and hope to be instrumental in helping taking the Charity forward in those countries where a little financial support can benefit so many.
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!
Clare Seek – Finance Manager
I have worked with CRED since 2008, intially as a trustee and more recently as Finance Manager, and now deal with all things financial and HR. Growing up as a young child in Africa gave me a good grounding in seeing myself as a part of a global community and my passion for justice, community and the environment has grown stronger ever since.
I’m proud to work for CRED and love to see lives changed across the globe, knowing that all the parts we play have an impact. In the rest of my life I have great fun with my young kids; love living by the sea and eliminating plastic from our lives.