Trustees

Chair: John Neilson became a Trustee of USPG in January 2018. John is Secretary of Imperial College London. Prior to that, he worked in central Government, variously as Principal Private Secretary to the Energy Secretary, director of the energy regulator Ofgem and leader of a team advising ministers on the universities’ research budget. John also spent 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 is Provincial Chaplain and Researcher to the Archbishop of York. Prior to that she was a parish priest in Leeds and a university chaplain. Prior to 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.

Richard Barrett became a Trustee in June 2016. Richard is a Chartered Accountant and chairs the USPG Finance & Audit Committee. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has spent most of his career providing financial management and process improvement advice to a wide range of organisations. Richard is also a Trustee of the Shakespeare Hospice and the Friendship Project for Children.

Martin Canning became a Trustee in July 2015. Martin is a retired businessman with experience in marketing, business development and commercial management. From 2010 to 2012 he was a USPG mission companion in Tanzania. Martin has experience of being a trustee in the charity sector and sits on the Member's Council of Shared Interest, an ethical investment organisation that provides finance to Fairtrade businesses. He is a Reader in the Church of England Diocese of Bath and Wells.

The Reverend Canon Professor Patrick Comerford became a Trustee in July 2015. Patrick is a priest in the Church of Ireland Diocese of Limerick, Precentor or Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, and Saint Flannan’s Cathedral, Killaloe, and Director of Ministerial Education in the Dioceses of Limerick and Killaloe. Patrick worked in journalism for 30 years and was Foreign Desk Editor of The Irish Times. He is also a former lecturer at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin.

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 Dr Jonathan Frost became a Trustee in July 2017. Jonathan became Dean of York Cathedral in February 2019; prior to that he served the Church of England as Suffragan Bishop of Southampton and as an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Church of England Diocese of Portsmouth. He has also served as Anglican Chaplain at the University of Surrey, Residentiary Canon at Guildford Cathedral and as the Bishop of Guildford’s Adviser for Inter-Faith Relations.

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 a student at Durham University, where she is reading 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. Catherine worships at St Cuthbert's Church in Durham and is a member of the Joint Anglican and Methodist Society (JAM Durham). She plans to be a social worker after she graduates.