We believe our greatest asset as an organisation is our people. Most of our staff are based at our offices in Abingdon, while others – notably the Anna Chaplaincy, Barnabas in Schools, Messy Church and Parenting for Faith teams – are based in different locations around the UK.
Senior Leadership Team
Jay ElliottHead of Finance, Fundraising and Operations
Head of Finance, Fundraising and Operations
Jay has been at BRF since 2017 and leads the finance, fundraising and operations team. She aims to ensure that the resources of BRF are used efficiently and effectively to make the biggest impact in realising BRF’s mission. Jay is a chartered accountant and MBA graduate.
Karen LaisterHead of Marketing, Communications and Strategic Relationships
Head of Marketing, Communications and Strategic Relationships
Karen has been at BRF since 1991 and oversees the whole of Marketing and Comms for the organisation. This involves developing a Comms strategy to reach both existing and new audiences through digital and print marketing. Karen is also responsible for developing relationships and initiatives with other organisations.
Sara SheerinHead of People and Culture
Debbie ThrowerPioneer, Anna Chaplaincy for Older People
Jane ButcherBarnabas in Schools Team Leader and Children and Families Pioneer
Barnabas in Schools Team Leader and Children and Families Pioneer
Jane joined BRF in 2007 and oversees the work in primary schools offering creative RE Days and Insets. As Children and Families Pioneer, Jane is involved with a number of networks who work in this field to support those working in churches.
Lucy MooreMessy Church Founder and Team Leader
Rachel TurnerParenting for Faith Pioneer
Parenting for Faith Pioneer
Rachel joined BRF in 2016 and works with the Parenting for Faith team to create resources to encourage parents and support churches. Rachel takes the lead in writing books and our Parenting for Faith podcast, and oversees the strategic development of Parenting for Faith.
Meet our Trustees
The BRF Board of Trustees is responsible for overseeing all of our work. Each member of the board brings their own expertise and wisdom to bear in supporting our wider work.
- Bishop Colin (Chair of Trustees)
- Christina Baxter (Vice-Chair of Trustees)
- Paul Cox (Chair of People Committee)
- Peter Lloyd (Treasurer)
- Andrew Barton
- Alistair Booth
- Sarah Hayes
- Jane Whittington
- Mike Wilkinson