Chair: John Neilson became a Trustee of USPG in January 2018. John is Deputy Receiver General and Director of Finance at Westminster Abbey.  Prior to that he was Secretary of Imperial College London for nine years. John spent most of his career in central Government, variously as Principal Private Secretary to the Energy Secretary, director of the energy regulator Ofgem and leader of the team advising ministers on the universities’ research budget. John also served for ten years on the Audit Committee of the Church of England’s Archbishops’ Council.
Vice Chair: The Reverend Canon Dr Daphne Green became a Trustee in June 2016. Daphne became Chaplain at Holy Trinity, Geneva, in the Diocese in Europe in 2021, having been Provincial Chaplain and Researcher to the former Archbishop of York for 13 years, prior to which she was a parish priest in Leeds and a university chaplain. Before her ordination, Daphne worked in publishing and as a director of a marketing and PR in an agency. She has a strong interest in world mission and international development.
Sheila Cook became a Trustee in July 2018. Sheila has over 30 years’ experience as a broadcast journalist working for the BBC, after beginning her career as a local newspaper reporter. She produces radio programmes about current affairs for Radio 4 and the BBC World Service, including Analysis, Assignment and the talks series Four Thought. Sheila is a longstanding member of her local church in South London, where she sings in the choir and is an intercessor and communion assistant.
Catriona Duffy first encountered USPG in 2013, when she travelled to Belize as part of the Journey with Us programme. An auditor by profession, Catriona became a Trustee in July 2019. She read Politics and Economics at Durham University, where she ran an organisation working to engage students in the local community. Catriona worships at St George’s in Gateshead, where she serves on the Kids’ Team.
The Right Reverend Joanna Penberthy became a Trustee in July 2018. The first woman Bishop in Wales, Joanna was enthroned as Bishop of St David’s Cathedral in 2017. Prior to this, she was the first female ordinand to be made a Canon at the cathedral. She has also variously served as a parish priest in the Church in Wales Diocese of Swansea and Brecon and the Church of England Diocese of Bath and Wells. Joanna holds a PhD in Theology and Quantum Physics.
The Reverend Christopher Rogers became a Trustee in June 2016. Christopher previously worked as a commercial barrister for 11 years. He has a particular interest in Africa, having spent time in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Christopher is Deputy Chancellor of the Church of England Diocese of Oxford and has also served as Chairman of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s young supporters’ group. He is a curate at St John the Baptist in Catford, South London.
The Reverend Dr Carlton Turner became a Trustee in July 2018. Carlton was born in the Bahamas, trained for ordination at Codrington College in Barbados and was ordained in 2005. In 2008, he completed his MA in Mission and Applied Theology at USPG’s Selly Oak Centre for Mission Studies (SOCMS). Since 2010, Carlton has been involved with USPG on the Journey with Us programme and the Rethinking Mission conference. He is currently an Anglican tutor in Contextual Theology, Mission and Evangelism at the Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham.
Martin Uden became a Trustee in July 2018. Martin is a former British diplomat who served as Head of Post in Seoul, San Francisco and Lagos. He worked for the United Nations on sanctions against North Korea, and also for HSBC in Hong Kong. Martin works part-time for his alma mater, Queen Mary University of London, and keeps current on all Korean matters. He worships at the Church of England parish church of St Nicolas in Taplow.
Catherine Wickens became a Trustee in July 2019. Catherine is qualified Social Worker in an Adults with Learning Disabilities Team. Prior to this, she was a student at Durham University, where she read French and Arabic. She enjoys working cross-culturally and using her languages. She has worked with refugees in Greece, taught English at a university in Rwanda, worked for the intellectual disability organisation L’Arche in France and studied in Morocco and Jordan.
Mathen Thomas became a trustee in September 2021. Mathen as a Senior Executive led standalone businesses in the UK, EU, Asia-Pacific and US delivering sustainable profitable growth, scale up and transformation developing leaders and teams. Been part of the Anglican family since 1983 in Singapore, Canterbury, Brussels and recently at St Alban's Copenhagen as Warden. Served as PCC Secretary, finance committee member working with different churches to restart growth through M&O, securing financial stability, addressing major fabric needs and supporting chaplains/parishes on their change journeys.
Charles Cowling became a trustee in September 2021. He chairs the Finance and Audit Committee. Charles is chief actuary and partner at Mercer in the UK, where he has been engaged in research, intellectual capital, professionalism and actuarial standards and has over thirty years’ pensions experience as a Scheme Actuary advising some of the largest companies and pension schemes in the UK. Charles has extensive experience in the charity sector as a Trustee and Chair. Charles is also an ordinand within the Church of England.
Trevor Sargent became a trustee in November 2021. He is a minister in the Church of Ireland and former leader of the Irish Green Party. Trevor, who represented the Dublin North constituency, served as Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. He is also a keen gardener and author of ‘Trevor’s Kitchen Garden: A Week-by-Week Guide to Growing Your Own Food’.