Governor Profiles 

David Grant is Chairman of the Education and Resources Committee. He previously served on The Heart of England Baptist Association Finance Committee. He is a member of Wade Street Church in Lichfield, and a past Elder and Church Secretary.   He is a Director of Blakk Ltd, a Business and People Development Consultancy, and works extensively across the UK, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The majority of his assignments are in the Financial Services Industry, but he is developing a growing number of projects for global IT companies and  Engineering firms.
His work focuses on senior executive interventions such as coaching, and leadership programmes, together with a considerable amount of strategy and distribution review work. These projects often result in a request for further training and development from David. As a result he has become an experienced and popular trainer and facilitator.  David was previously a highly successful Financial Services Executive, with considerable Board level experience, in both Executive and Non Executive positions, and as a Pension Fund Trustee Director.


mug shot A WaughAndrew Waugh is Senior Minister of Stockton Baptist Tabernacle. He is married to Denise and has three grown-up sons and three granddaughters. Converted from an unchurched background at the age of 19, he was trained at Napier University in Edinburgh and worked for 13 years in the electronics, computing and marketing industries before training at London Bible College (now London School of Theology) and going into fulltime church leadership. More recent influences include the US-based ministries of Jack W. Hayford and Bethel Church. He brings experience of leading two larger Baptist churches, a desire for Christians to maintain a ministry in their workplaces, and no fingerprints on his left hand from playing too much guitar.

Graham Sparkes
Graham Sparkes is a Baptist minister. Having served in two pastorates and as Ecumenical Officer for the Baptist Union of Great Britain, he is currently President of Luther King House. His main area of teaching is Christian Spirituality. Research interests include the relationship between faith and art, and he has co-authored the book ‘God and the Art of Seeing’. He is one of the patrons of the Retreat Association.

Ian Geere
Revd Ian Geere is the minister of Union Chapel in Fallowfield (South Manchester) and has held that position since graduating from Northern Baptist College in 2011. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Mennonite Trust and maintains links with the Anabaptist Network and Urban Expression. As a Chartered Accountant, he has worked in both Accountancy Practice and within the business sector.

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Dr Iona Jones is principal consultant with Imagine Associates, providing consultancy and training on a range of diversity matters. From 2001–2006 she was employed as diversity manager for BBC English Regions. Iona also worked as a probation officer for 12 years, including as a senior probation officer tasked with setting up and managing a centre for women offenders. She has a PhD in Ethnic Relations. Iona has previously served on the board of brap, a national human rights organisation and was also a lay member of the Professional and Ethical Practice Committee of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is currently a  board member at the New Vic Theatre and a director of All the Small Things CIC. She has a level 2 certificate in British Sign Language.

Governor photo Lori BrightonLori Brighton is married to the Senior Minister at Poynton Baptist Church where they have been for more than 8 years. Previously they were at Keyworth Baptist Church for 7 years. They have 2 teenage children. Lori is a qualified accountant and works as the Financial Administrator for her church. She previously worked for small accountancy firms. Lori also works as an exam invigilator for Cheshire East at the local high school and volunteers as a maths specialist at a local primary school.

SiomnOxleyRevd Dr Simon Oxley served as a senior staff member of the World Council of Churches, County Ecumenical Officer for Greater Manchester, General Secretary of the National Christian Education Council as well as various local church and chaplaincy appointments.  He is currently a director of Luther King House Educational Trust, chair of NWBA MRC, sits on the BUGB MRC and is an adjunct lecturer for the International Baptist Theological Study Centre, Amsterdam.  His academic writing, interests and teaching focus on the areas of education and ecumenism.  He has written and contributed to many resources for learning and Bible study in the churches.  He lives in Cheadle Hulme, Greater Manchester and regularly preaches in several churches in the area. 

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Karen Martindale is the Administrator and Company Secretary of the Heart of England Baptist Association having joined the staff of the Association as Secretary/PA in 1989.  Prior to that she worked in the voluntary sector (housing, care of offenders and those at risk of offending) after graduating from the University of London.  She has served as trustee of a variety of charities including an arts charity and an eco-activity centre, and as a School Governor.  She is currently a deacon at New Life Baptist Church, Birmingham and is a Director of the Baptist Union Corporation.