Trustees and Council of Reference

We thank God for the people who bring governance and oversight to CPAS, and who freely give their time to support the General Director and senior staff in shaping strategy and policy.


CPAS is both a charity and a company limited by guarantee. The charity is governed by trustees who are responsible for policy and oversight of its work and ministry. The CPAS trustees can be contacted via


Ruth became Bishop of Horsham in the summer of 2020, and loves serving across the Diocese of Chichester, focusing on the churches and schools of West Sussex. She is lead bishop in the Diocese for safeguarding, strategic development, international relationships, and ecumenical work. She is governor of Chichester University and a Member of Hurst and Bohunt Education Trusts.  Serving the national church vision and strategy as a Champion Bishop for ‘Younger and More Diverse’, Ruth is also a Vice-President of the College of Evangelists and Co-Coordinator of the Evangelical Bishops group in the College of Bishops.

Prior to her episcopal ministry, she was the vicar of St Paul's Dorking in Surrey, where she was Area Dean. Previous clergy roles have included as a Chaplain to a boarding school in Oxford, a Diocesan Area Missioner in London, and serving parishes in Abingdon and Nottingham. Life before ordination included working as an International Policy Advisor in the Cabinet Office at Westminster, working with the United Nations on climate change. 

For relaxation, Ruth enjoys parkrun, walking her dog, and camping with her family in France and at New Wine every summer.

Jenny Bray (VICE-CHAIR)

Jenny lives in Limehouse, east London with her husband Richard, who is rector of St Anne's, and their four children aged 20 months up to nine years. Most of Jenny's time is spent keeping the show on the road at home, but enjoys being involved wherever able within the ministry of her church.

Her 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 ten years. Serving as a trustee for Ventures gave her first insights into the wider ministry of CPAS - particularly during the process of preparing for the merger of the two charities.

This has been furthered by being a member of the CPAS council. Pre-children Jenny worked as a solicitor, before studying on the Cornhill Training Course whilst working for her then church.



Paul is Rector of Holy Trinity Platt Church in south Manchester, a CPAS patronage parish.

Paul is of mixed-race heritage and he is married to Caroline who is from Northern Ireland. They have three secondary-age children. They have been in Manchester for over a decade and Paul was appointed Rector at Platt in February 2020, shortly before the pandemic. Prior to ordination he trained at Oak Hill theological college.

Life before that involved the field of English literature, including doctoral research and teaching in seventeenth-century literature, and working for an online academic publisher. Stories of all kinds, whether books, plays or films, remain a great passion. Every now and again he daydreams about what it would be like to be a film director.


Debbie Buggs

Debbie is a chartered accountant and has worked in the insurance industry and charity sector. Since 2015 she has been a lay representative of the Diocese of London on the General Synod of the Church of England. In the past she has been a member of the Bishop’s Council and Finance Committee in the Diocese of London.

Debbie has served as a governor for an independent boarding school and has been involved with CPAS Ventures and other similar holidays for many years.

Debbie goes to St Helen’s Church, Bishopsgate, London. She enjoys spending her free time with her nieces and nephews.


Ellie Doolan

Ellie is married to Ben and they live in Newcastle upon Tyne. Together they lead St Thomas' which is the Resource Church for the Diocese of Newcastle. Having grown up and lived in the North of England almost her whole life, Ellie is longing to see the North transformed with the good news of Jesus. 

Ellie has loved serving within the Church in her different jobs over the years ranging from working for Church Army, as a church administrator and now currently as PA to the Bishop of Beverley. 

Ellie's big passions in life are people and being able to share life with others around the dining table. She also loves travelling to new places and exploring the amazing city she lives in, and the beautiful Northumbrian coast line.


richard montgomery

Richard worked for more than thirty years in senior positions in the oil industry living in various parts of the world. 

He has been chair of a grant making charity giving £2 million annually to support the poor and vulnerable, was until recently the Managing Director of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and is currently on the board of the London City Mission.

Richard's wife works for a church in Twickenham where they live and worship, and they have three sons who have enjoyed Ventures but have since grown up and have left home. Richard is a keen cyclist and some would say also spends too much time watching it on television.


The REV DR Eddie Scrase-Field 

Eddie became a Christian from a very young age having the great privilege of being brought up in a Christian home. He is married to Hannah and they have four children, a cat and two chickens!  Although he was born in Royston, Herts he has lived in many different places, including Suffolk, Aberdeenshire, Ohio in the US, Carlisle, Manchester and York.

He grew up on a farm and studied Agriculture as his first degree. He trained as a research scientist in plant biochemistry and molecular biology and then worked for a government agency in the regulation of pesticides. During this period, he was selected for ordination and trained at Ridley Hall Cambridge.

He completed his curacy in the picturesque city of Carlisle, and then moved as Associate Minister at St Mary’s, Cheadle, near Manchester and is now the Vicar of St John’s Blackheath in south east London. He has served for nine years on the trustee board of Scripture Union England and Wales and led an SU beach mission for 10 years. To relax he enjoys spending time with his family, especially visiting coastal areas of the UK. He is a keen runner and has completed a number of marathons.


Council of reference

The Council of Reference offers expertise and experience, informing and encouraging the ministry of CPAS and advocating our mission and vision. Members can be contacted via

The Rev Stuart Browning

Dr Nick Burt
The Rev Lesley Currie
The Rev Roger Driver
The Venerable Paul Dundas
The Venerable Mones Farah
The Rev (Sqn Ldr) Geoffrey Firth
The Venerable Fiona Gibson
The Rev Chris Green
The Venerable Andy Grimwood
The Rev David Hammond
The Rev John Hookway
The Rev Samantha Hustwayte
Davina Irwin-Clark

Captain Nicholas Lebey

The Rev Jane Morris
The Rev Alex Oehring
The Rev William Perry
Sarah Slater 
The Rev Richard Stordy
The Rev Simon Talbot
The Rev Charles Thomson
The Rev Jonathan Tuckwell
The Rev Pete Winstone

The Rev Sarah Williams

The Venerable Andy Wooding-Jones