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


safeguarding trustee for cpas

We are looking for a new Trustee to join the CPAS Board, who can also act as our Lead Trustee for Safeguarding.

CPAS is one of the key organisations shaping the future of the UK church. Our residential holidays influence the lives of thousands of young people each year. Our leadership training and patronage work are shaping the current generation of church leadership. CPAS’ role in the UK is unique, long-standing and influential within the Church of England and its evangelical constituency.

You will be passionate about safeguarding - keen to take on a strategic overview, to champion safeguarding at Board level, and provide support and challenge to staff. Working with our Safeguarding Manager, you will help CPAS to promote a safeguarding culture across all the organisation and its work.

You will share our aspiration to see:

  • Every church a pathway to faith
  • Every leader a catalyst for evangelism
  • Every Christian a courageous witness
  • Every child a chance to explore Jesus

You will have a living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, an ability to think creatively and strategically and to work as a member of a team in the interests of CPAS. You will bring an understanding of the legal duties and responsibilities of trusteeship, as well as skills, confidence and experience in the area of safeguarding.

Are you inspired by our vision?

To find out more about this opportunity to lead, in a non-executive role, an historic and well-regarded organisation through the next phase of its journey and to impact the UK church for Christ:

Download the Recruitment Pack 

Please note that we are also looking for Trustees with legal and HR expertise, and for younger and more diverse trustees.

CPAS is a Christian agency, part of the Church of England, working to support churches across the UK and Republic of Ireland. It is therefore important that the postholder has a committed personal faith and is an active member of a local Church of England Church. Trustees are required to sign the CPAS Basis of Faith and to affirm CPAS Outworkings of Faith.

CPAS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All post holders and volunteers are expected to share this commitment. All Trustee appointments are subject to pre-appointment checks, including a satisfactory Enhanced DBS Check.



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.



Catrin attended Church in Wales churches through her childhood and started to "own" her Christian faith in her first year of university when she made a personal decision to find a church - it was there she really engaged with who Jesus is and her need for Him. For many years, leading on CPAS Ventures was a highlight of her summer.  Her husband is a church minister and they have three daughters who are starting to attend Ventures themselves. Catrin runs her own business working with start-ups, individuals and charities and is also involved with pastoral care for women at her church.  She's recently enjoyed studying the Biblical Counselling UK certificate course.  She's happiest being active outside with family, close friends and a good coffee!



Now: Vicar’s wife in West Bromwich in a growing intercultural church, mum of three young adults, occasional blogger, General Synod member for Lichfield, Council member: CEEC and Church Society, Deanery Synod secretary.
Converted through: local CPAS patronage church (their primary school, Pathfinder group, confirmation classes, CYFA camp with youth group).
Worked as: chartered mechanical engineer, designing pumping stations, and water and wastewater treatment plants. Leader on Falcon ventures in her 20s. Author of The Ministry of a Messy House.
Lived in: London, Cambridge, then Kuala Lumpur and Singapore until her husband was selected for CofE training. In Wolverhampton curacy they started a Pathfinder group and took them on a CPAS Venture, served 10 years. Their links continue with their youngest son who is now an assistant leader.


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 Rt Rev Dr Matthew Porter (Chair)

Captain Nicholas Lebey

Davina Irwin-Clark

Dr Nick Burt

Sarah Slater 

The Rev (Sqn Ldr) Geoffrey Firth

The Rev Alex Oehring

The Rev Charles Thomson

The Rev Chris Green

The Rev David Hammond

The Rev Jane Morris

The Rev John Hookway

The Rev Jonathan Tuckwell

The Rev Lesley Currie

The Rev Pete Winstone

The Rev Richard Stordy

The Rev Roger Driver

The Rev Sarah Williams

The Rev Simon Talbot

The Rev Stuart Browning

The Rev William Perry

The Venerable Andy Grimwood

The Venerable Dr Megan Smith

The Venerable Fiona Gibson

The Venerable Mones Farah

The Venerable Paul Dundas