The Baptist Union has a Trustee board made up of twelve members elected by the Council. The role of the trustees is to provide strategic direction for our Union, ensure appropriate policies are in place and operated effectively, to oversee the Union's structure and to ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.
They meet eight times a year, and invite people to join them to advise them on particular matters.
For more information on our trustees, see below:
Mr Malcolm Broad, MBE is Treasurer of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. He is a member and Treasurer of Keynsham Baptist Church and Treasurer of Bristol Baptist College. Malcolm retired from HSBC Bank as a Senior Commercial Manager in 2012. Malcolm is a director of the Baptist Insurance Company plc and Trustee of Bristol Zoological Society. He is the chair of governors at St John’s Church of England Primary School in Keynsham and a governor at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School in Redfield, Bristol. Malcolm was awarded an MBE for services to education in Bristol and South Gloucestershire in the December 2007 Honours List.
The Revd Barbara Carpenter is minister of Stoke St Gregory Baptist Church in rural Somerset. Barbara is a trained spiritual director and leads retreats and quiet days. She is an Associate Member of the Iona Community. She is a school governor and is interested in the spirituality of children and has recently become a Godly Play practioner.
The Revd Graham Ensor is the Regional Minister Team Leader for the Yorkshire Baptist Association. He has been in post since January 2012, before which he was part of the ministry team at Guiseley Baptist Church on the outskirts of Leeds. He has a broad understanding of mission and ministry having served as an NHS Chaplain and beginning Christian ministry over 30 years ago as a youth worker/evangelist. He has served as a Trustee with various other Management Boards and is committed to working collaboratively as together we discern God’s rule over our shared lives.
Mrs Marion Fiddes has worked in a local authority or the health service for the past fifty years, either as an accountant or as a project manager dealing with capital investment, site planning and leading project teams for developing new buildings at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. Since retirement she has set up her own consultancy and worked on the finance elements of the business case to rebuild Broadmoor Hospital and a Medium Secure Unit in Ealing. Marion is a member of one of the Oxford Health Research Ethics committees, a trustee of the Baptist Building Fund and is a keen member and Deacon of New Road Baptist Church in Oxford. She has lived with her husband and family, for most of her life, in Regent’s Park College and enjoyed that community life immensely.
The Revd Dr Stephen Finamore became Principal of the Bristol Baptist College in September 2006. Prior to that he served as Minister of Westbury-on-Trym Baptist Church in Bristol. He has knowledge and expertise in law, ministry, mission and theology and has served on a number of Trustee and Management Boards. He is a former staff member of the BUGB Mission Department.
The Revd Lynn Green is General Secretary of the Baptist Union.
Mr Rupert Hill is a Human Resources Manager and Consultant who has worked in HR Management, Training and Management Development for approximately 30 years. Following his short career as a Profeesional Cricketer with Glamorgan County Cricket Club and subsequent injury with bought about his early retirement, he completed a Diploma in Management Studies and Training and an MA in Human Resource Management at Middlesex University. he has previously worked for three Local Authorities in London; the Local Government Management Board and the Improvement and Development Agency. He has co-written two publications on Human Resource Management. For the past ten years he has worked as a HR and Management Consultant in organisations across the Public, Private and Not-for-Profit sectors. He is a Deacon and church Secretary at Rye Lane Baptist Chapel in Peckham, London.
Mrs Linda Hopkins has been a tutor at Northern Baptist Learning Community since 2010, teaching regionally in the North Western and Northern Baptist Associations as well as at the college in Manchester. Previously she was a tutor in Youth Work and Ministry at Oasis College, London. She is an experienced youth worker and trainer and is a member of the editorial team of Grove Books Youth series. She is studying for a PhD on the subject of young people and communion within Baptist churches.
The Revd Joe Kapolyo is the Lead Minister at Edmonton Baptist Church in north London. He was principal of All Nations Christian College (Herts) until December 2005. Previously, he worked with the Scripture Union in Zambia (1976-84) before ordination in 1985. He has since served as pastor of Ndola Baptist Church (Zambia) and Central Baptist Church (Harare, Zimbabwe). He has also been principal of the Theological College of Central Africa (TCCA) in Ndola in Zambia (1996-2001). He is a Trustee and member of the Council of Scripture Union (England and Wales).
Mr John Levick is a member and deacon of Castle Hill Baptist Church in Warwick. Previously he has been in membership in churches in Worcestershire, Wiltshire, London, Cheshire and Hertfordshire. He has served as both Church Treasurer and Church Secretary. Since retiring early from banking in 2005 he has been Treasurer of the Heart of England Baptist Association and also on the Baptist Building Fund, taking on the Chair in 2012. More recently he has been appointed a Trustee of the Baptist Ministers Pension Fund and the Baptist Staff Pension Scheme and chairs the sub-group dealing with deficiency contributions.. He also works part time as a Tour Manager for Great Rail Journeys..
The Revd Dr Clare McBeath is Co-Principal of Northern Baptist Learning Community with research interests in contemporary and contextual theologies. She lives in Openshaw, in East Manchester and is a Team Leader with Urban Expression serving a deprived urban, but vibrant, multicultural community. She has held various governance roles including as a Non-Executive Director in an NHS mental health and social care trust. She is a published author and a long standing writer for various Christian charities and worship and Bible study books and magazines. Her website specialises in the areas of inclusive and all age worship resources, urban spirituality and community engagement.
Mrs Jenny Royal worked for 20 years in consultancy as a Chartered Occupational Psychologist assisting organisations in both private and public sector with the people side of their business. Since leaving the business world in 2000 she has been involved in a number of short-term projects and reviews for churches, her Association, Colleges and at National level. She has recently completed a theology degree at Regent’s Park College, Oxford and is a member of New Road Baptist Church, Oxford.