The Bible Reading Fellowship Enabling all ages to grow in faith

Meet the team

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.

Chief Executive

Canon Richard Fisher

Chief Executive
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Canon Richard Fisher

Chief Executive

Richard has been at BRF since 1988 and provides leadership and direction for the charity as a whole, working closely with BRF’s Senior Management Team and the Pioneers of our individual ministries.

Senior Leadership Team

Jay Elliott

Head of Finance, Fundraising and Operations
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Jay Elliott

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 Laister

Head of Marketing, Communications and Strategic Relationships
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Karen Laister

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.

Olivia Warburton

Head of Content Creation
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Olivia Warburton

Head of Content Creation

Olivia has been at BRF since 2011. An editor by background, Olivia oversees editorial, design, production, web and media for the organisation and commissions resources for the different programmes and ministries.

Sara Sheerin

Head of People and Culture
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Sara Sheerin

Head of People and Culture

Sara has been at BRF since 2016. She oversees BRF’s people and culture practices, working to make BRF a great place to work and provide everyone with the skills, knowledge and development opportunities required to help them grow and BRF thrive.

Ministry pioneers

Debbie Thrower

Pioneer, Anna Chaplaincy for Older People
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Debbie Thrower

Pioneer, Anna Chaplaincy for Older People

Debbie Thrower joined BRF in 2014. A former broadcaster, Debbie leads the national network of Anna Chaplains and others in equivalent community-based roles offering spiritual care and support to older people, their relatives and carers.

Jane Butcher

Barnabas in Schools Team Leader and Children and Families Pioneer
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Jane Butcher

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 Moore

Messy Church Founder and Team Leader
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Lucy Moore

Messy Church Founder and Team Leader

Lucy joined BRF in 2001. She was part of the team which started the first Messy Church and now helps the ministry in the UK and overseas, speaking, training, supporting, creating resources and encouraging new Messy initiatives.

Rachel Turner

Parenting for Faith Pioneer
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Rachel Turner

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