CPAS is both a charity and a company limited by guarantee. The charity is governed by a body of 12 trustees, which is responsible for policy and oversight of its work and ministry.
Implementation of this and all matters relating to the day-to-day running of CPAS are the responsibility of the general director and the management team.
The CPAS trustees can be contacted via Caroline Davenport.
- Miss Debbie Buggs
- Mrs Sarah Gough
- Mrs Jane Jefferis
- The Rev Tamsin Merchant
- Rev Paul Peterson
- Mr Rod Street
- Mrs Jenny Bray
- The Rev Simon Chesters
- The Ven Andy Piggott
Mrs Sarah Gough
Sarah is Interim Chief Operating Officer at African Prisons Project prior to which she was Finance Director at New Wine for five years and Operations Manager at St Stephens Twickenham for six years.
Since becoming a Christian in her teens Sarah has consistently tried to put God at the centre of her life in all that she does. She hopes this approach to life will help her at CPAS along with her charity finance and governance experience gained during many years working in the sector both within charities and at PwC.
Sarah has always wished London had more mountains so skiing features regularly in holidays, including running a chalet for a season between jobs with her husband Richard.
Mrs Jane Jefferis
Jane spent her formative years in East Africa and came to a committed Christian faith there. On returning to England to train as a physiotherapist she joined the choir of All Souls, Langham Place and participated in the School of Christian Studies, where she met her husband, Tony.
Together they have three children, and during their early married life they helped lead on West Runton Christian Adventure Camps for teenagers. They moved to South Bucks where Jane, a physiotherapist specialising in hand injuries, worshipped at St James Gerrards Cross, taking a variety of leadership roles, including being churchwarden and a home group leader.
Jane's three children have all benefited greatly from Christian camps and the local church. Her enthusiasms are her family, singing sacred music, the mountains and hospitality.
The Rev Tamsin Merchant
Tamsin is vicar of St Mary Hornsey Rise Islington, where she's served for two years. She is married to Rob and they have two miniature dachshunds, who love to bark & cuddle. Tamsin spent time working with Jackie Pullinger in Hong Kong when she left school, and this set a passion for serving God. She trained as a fine artist in London, and worked in the early days of the internet industry, before training to become a vicar. Tamsin met Rob at Wycliffe Hall, and surprised herself by overturning a long held promise that she would never go to Bible College or marry a vicar by doing both. She served her curacy with Rob at St John's Harborne, setting up Alpha, and helping to develop mission within the church. From there it was to be Chaplain at the University of Gloucestershire.
Tamsin brings a passion for enabling people to have a go, to discover their gifts and above all to discover the amazing, surpassing love of Jesus Christ.
Currently she is learning to carve out time to be creative again, a passion that can easily get squashed, but is vital to her well-being.
Mr Rod Street
Rod is a management consultant who went independent this year having previously been a Partner with PwC and IBM where, in addition to client work, he led various parts of the practice.
He became a Christian in his teens and moved with a real sense of calling into business after university. He is married to Carol and has a grown-up son. He has previously been a CPAS trustee and Ventures trustee and is currently on the board of Feba. He has been actively involved with church both in preaching and teaching and in leadership, including spending several years chairing the leadership team at a previous church and leading a youth group.
He would hope to bring commercial skills and a passion for leadership development into his role as trustee. He relaxes by reading, running, going to the theatre or walking with friends.
Mrs Jenny Bray
I live in Limehouse, east London with my husband Richard who is Rector of our church (St Anne's), and 4 children (20mths up to 9yrs). Most of my time is spent keeping the show on the road at home, but it's great to be involved wherever I'm able to within the ministry of our church. My involvement with CPAS came about through Ventures, having served as a leader and then co-overall leader in the past for a total of about 10 years. Serving as a Trustee for Ventures gave me my first insights into the wider ministry of CPAS - particularly during the process of preparing for the merger of the 2 charities. This has been furthered by being a member of CPAS council. Pre-children I worked as a solicitor, before studying on the Cornhill Training Course whilst working for our then church.
The Rev Simon Chesters
I currently work for the Diocese of Liverpool - my main role is working with people training for Ordained and Reader Ministry with the All Saints Regional course, supervising trainees and teaching on Christian leadership, doctrine, church history and preaching. I live in Chester and am licensed as part of the ministry team at St Mark's Saltney. Before being ordained 20 years ago, I worked as an IT consultant - and in between I have been a curate in Birkenhead, a priest-in-charge in Runcorn, Ministry Development Officer for Chester Diocese and Leadership Development Adviser for CPAS. My home church has a strong link with the Sandiley Venture - two of my teenage children are regulars there. I have been on CPAS Council of Reference since 2012.
The Ven Andy Piggott
Andy was Archdeacon of Bath from 2005-2017. Prior to this he served at CPAS from 1999-2005 as Ministry and Vocations Adviser, Acting General Director and Patronage Secretary. Before that he was Incumbent of a CPAS Patronage Parish in North Staffordshire, served as a Team Vicar in Kidderminster and as Curate in the Diocese of Birmingham. Way back in the last century he taught Economics in Birmingham where he met his wife Ruth. They now have two married daughters, two sons in law and two young grandsons. They fully expect two of these three numbers to remain constant, but are making no predictions about the final one.