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Baptist Union Corporation

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The BUC is operated by the Legal & Operations team and overseen by a board of Directors who meet three times each year and they produce an annual report each year, which can be downloaded from our Resource Library. The board comprises a director representing each of our 13 Regional Associations, the Treasurer of the Baptist Union, the Support Services Team leader and up to 5 co-opted directors (including the Moderator).  Profiles of the current directors are provided below.
 

Karen Martindale Ms Karen Martindale (Moderator)
Karen was born in Guyana, coming to the UK as a small child. She is currently the Administrator and Company Secretary of Heart of England Baptist Association, having served them in various roles since 1989. Prior to that she worked in the voluntary sector after graduating from the University of London. She has served as trustee of a variety of charities and, in addition to her role with BUC, she is Chair of Governors of the Northern Baptist College.
 
   
John Levick Mr John Levick (BUGB Treasurer)
John is a member and deacon of Castle Hill Baptist Church in Warwick. Since retiring early from banking in 2005 he was Treasurer of the Heart of England Baptist Association until taking on the role of the Union's Treasurer in 2016. John also serves as a trustee of the Baptist Building Fund and attends Pension Fund Trustrees as employer representative.
 
   
RichardWilsonTN 002 Mr Richard Wilson (Support Services Team Leader)
Richard's priority is to equip our member churches and others in front line mission to be fully effective in reaching their communities for Christ. He believes he is called to bring the experience he has built up in nearly 20 years of work in the commercial world to our Baptist family.
 
   
ChrisHanning Dr Chris Hanning (representing the East Midlands Baptist Association)
Chris is a member and former long-serving church secretary of Whetstone Baptist Church, Leicestershire. He currently serves as the Project leader for the church’s major building project. A retired Consultant in Sleep Medicine, he lives in South Leicestershire with his wife, Margaret, three chickens and 50,000 bees.
 
   
Duncan MacLean The Revd Duncan MacLean (representing the Heart of England Baptist Association)
Duncan used to travel the country pursuing a career in marketing (and then as a Baptist Minister) but since 2004 he has lived in Herefordshire where, with his wife Lesley, he runs House of azar ministries offering their home for retreat, Spiritual Direction, and days for church groups. Duncan is also Pastor to The Well, - a ‘fresh expression’ of church which primarily seeks to provide a place of belonging for those who have struggled with traditional church. He is a Trustee for HEBA, and also a companion of the Northumbria Community.
   
Olu obidipe (cropped) Mr Olusegun Obidipe (representing the London Baptist Association)
Olu is a Chartered Management Accountant and member of Harringay United Church - Baptist. In addition to serving as a BUC Director, Olu is also a Director of London Baptist Association and a member of the BMS World Mission Council of Reference.
   
David Lennox Mr David Lennox (representing the Northern Baptist Association)
David is a former High School Head of Mathematics and for 14years part of the SMT of a Secondary School. He is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and was a Chief Examiner in Statistics. For many years he was the Association Secretary for the NBA and a Regional Tutor for Northern Baptist College. He is currently a Police Chaplain and the Free Church rep on the Northumberland CC Family and Children's Committee. 
   
Andrew Hawksworth The Revd Andrew Hawksworth (representing the North Western Baptist Association)
Andrew trained as an architect and worked for over 30 years as a Director of a Christian led multi-disciplinary practice in Manchester. In 2015 he followed God's call into church-based ministry, training at Westminster Theological Centre and Northern Baptist College. He was ordained in July 2019 and inducted as one of the ministers at Altrincham Baptist Church.
   
Mike Southcombe Mr Mike Southcombe (representing the South Eastern Baptist Association)
Mike is a member of Sheddingdean Baptist Church, Burgess Hill, West Sussex. He was in the Construction and Development business for 38 years before retiring in 2010. He is now involved in helping churches and other charities in building and development projects, where he is able to use his expertise for the extension of God's Kingdom.
 
   
Chris Lewis The Revd Chris Lewis (representing the South Wales Baptist Association)
Chris is a Baptist minister who has been much involved in workplace and community chaplaincy in the Midlands and now in his native Swansea over 30 years.  He has served as a director of other not-for-profit companies and is the current chair of The Swansea East Side Food Bank, a registered charity.
   
Jerry Ponsford Mr Jerry Ponsford (representing the Southern Counties Baptist Association)
Jerry was employed in various aspects of banking in his early working life before changing careers to work for housing associations in London and on the South Coast. His roles initially involved financial management and accounting.  Latterly he became involved in the financial project management and business development of large building projects. After retirement he served in the Leadership of Christchurch Baptist Church including seven years as treasurer.
 
   
Rob English Mr Rob English (representing the West of England Baptist Association)
   
Paul Lancaster Mr Paul Lancaster (representing the Yorkshire Baptist Association)
Paul was born and raised in North Nottinghamshire, but now lives over the border in South Yorkshire with his wife and cat.  He has retired from management in local government and is now treasurer of Mexborough Baptist Church.
   
Graham Ward Mr Graham Ward (Co-opted Director)
Graham is a member and has served as a deacon of Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham. He is passionate about mission in all its forms and has participated and led two mission teams to Cambodia with Tearfund.  He has over 20 years of experience in Project Management in the commercial world and sees his role as facilitating the local mission of churches by effective use of the shared resources of the whole Baptist family.
 
   
Stephen Welch Mr Stephen Welch (Co-opted Director)
 


 

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