Charles Clayton – chair of trustees
An expert on leadership in international organisations and seasoned NGO chief, Charles Clayton is the executive director of Oxford Leaders Ltd and CEO of the Primary Trauma Care Foundation, which provides training for doctors and first responders in the management of severe injury – particularly in the world’s poorest countries.
Mr Clayton is a former chief executive of World Vision UK and former national director of World Vision in Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza.
He says it was the quality of CMS people that attracted him to the role.
“I have been deeply impressed by individual members, leaders, and mission partners that my wife and I have known in several countries,” he said. “If I ask myself what is my best contribution to the church’s mission in the world today, I can do no better than to serve in one of the best organisations that is engaged in that mission today.”
Mr Clayton originally trained and worked as a civil engineer before becoming an area leader and representative for the Navigators, developing the staff and regional field work of this international charity specialising in cross cultural training of emerging young Christian leaders.
At World Vision UK, from 1989 to 2003, he led the turnaround of this NGO to become one of the most respected, influential and well supported agencies in the country.
After a period as group chief executive of the Shaftesbury (Housing and Care) group, he went on to lead World Vision’s work in Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza, one of the most complex and sensitive in the NGO world. He founded Oxford Leaders Ltd in 2010 to develop leadership and governance in non-profits and mid-sized businesses.
Andrew co-directs the Anglican Alliance, a small secretariat that looks to connect Anglican agencies with local churches across the communion. He has also held governance positions with Tearfund, the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, and several other UK-based local charities.
Andrew became a Christian in his late teens. After training as a social worker, he worked with Interserve on projects around church planting and HIV/AIDS in Peshawar, Pakistan. He returned to the UK for theological training and ordination.
“I have an entrepreneurial spirit and have opened a missional restaurant and an ice-cream parlour. I am also chaplain to Southampton FC and spend time assisting a parish in Somerset. I am married with four birth children and currently one foster daughter.”
Following university in London and Bristol, Ian joined Royal Dutch Shell in Amsterdam where he met his wife Wilhelmina.
Ian worked for 28 years with Royal Dutch Shell in a variety of functions in the Netherlands, UK, the Middle East and East Africa, the last 10 years as Country Chairman/Managing Director.
Ian is actively involved in the local benefice and supports the Diocese of Salisbury in the areas of finance and mission. He enjoys outdoor activities in particular cycling, jogging and skiing, and leads a local walking group.
After a career mainly overseas, Ian moved to Dorset back in 2009. He and Wilhelmina have two daughters and a son.
Beauman Chong is a recently retired IT company director. He is currently a church warden of his local parish church in Winchester, a volunteer at the county hospital and Winchester Churches Night Shelter and mentor to several young IT project managers.
He has over 20 years of experience in managing IT end-to-end programme and project delivery for the financial, NHS, retail, insurance and banking sectors, with responsibilities in contract negotiation, recruitment, resource planning, project planning, implementing and supporting operations.
“I went to a junior school in Hong Kong that was sponsored by an Anglican church in Canada. I was always aware of the important contributions made by Christian missionaries in education and healthcare in Hong Kong. I became an active member of our local church in Winchester nearly 30 years ago.”
Peter became a Christian through his local church in the late 1970s while working for a global accounting firm. In 1983 he joined the South American Mission Society (SAMS) finance committee and general council. Following leave of absence from the committee in the early 1990s, he resumed his role and was invited by the then SAMS general secretary David Evans to visit Chile in 1998. Seeing the inspiring work of the Anglican Church there led directly to his taking on the honorary treasurer’s role in 2000.
Peter retired as a forensic accounting partner in Mazars LLP in 2007 and helped merge SAMS into CMS over the following three years, becoming a CMS trustee in 2009. He served for four years as churchwarden of his local church and has become, by default, a pensions specialist through his dealings with the Church of England pensions board and through his directorship of the CMS Pension Trust Limited board. With his wife, Jenny, a freelance editor, they very much enjoy both their four grandchildren and periodic cycling tours together, including a 700 mile one for CMS in 2010, visiting 14 supporting churches in England and Wales in as many days in celebration of the integration of SAMS and CMS.
Rini is a “missionary kid” from the state of Mizoram in north east India. Her parents were involved in medical mission and community development. During her university years, Rini realised that God was calling her, too.
Wanting to test this calling in a different setting, she came to the UK with a Christian gap year organisation called Careforce. She was placed in a residential home for adults with learning disabilities; it was a year that strengthened her sense of calling.
Rini studied Applied Theology and Mission Studies at Redcliffe College in Gloucester. “It was an eye-opener to learn about mission and theology from different contexts, and I discovered a particular interest in postcolonial mission studies. It was also great to be able to go on varied practical placements, from monastic communities in the UK to development work in Cambodia.”
Rini is married to Dave and, along with their two young children, they served as CMS mission partners in New Delhi, which Rini describes as “an enormous privilege to join in with faithful, transformative work by people in very challenging circumstances.” Rini was involved in community development as the assistant director of an NGO providing education for children and young people, and promoting women’s empowerment through savings groups, vocational training and other initiatives. She also worked with a grassroots women’s refugee group from Burma.
Rini is actively involved in her local parish church and also works in adult education, teaching and coordinating ESOL courses in Gloucestershire.
Dr Anne Keene
Dr Anne Keene recently retired from being Director of Development and Fellow at Linacre College, University of Oxford.
Having worked with alumni from over 130 countries, and having seen substantial fund-giving income while in post, she’s now Emeritus Fellow of this graduate college. Her professional background is in modern language teaching, historical research, and higher education management and philanthropy. Anne is trustee of the Oxford Evangelical Pastorate and of Hagar UK; she delights in seeing God work through those charities to enrich individual lives.
Anne and her husband David, who have a son and a daughter and a grandson and a granddaughter, attend St Andrew’s Church in North Oxford, where she has served on the church’s PCC and also chaired its stewardship committee.
Anne says: “My interest in being a CMS trustee comes from a combination of my long-‐held deep desire to see changed lives for Jesus, and my professional work over the last 20 years involving liaison and meetings with a wide range of nationalities.”
Fiona is married to Nathan and they have recently stepped into the joy of parenthood. They are active members of King’s Church Chesham and lead a house group together.
Fiona distinctly remembers how becoming a Christian greatly impacted her thinking on issues of social justice and the role of the church. This conviction has influenced her career as she’s looked for opportunities that address issues of injustice on a global scale as well as equip the local church to be all that they are called to be.
Fiona says: “Seeing people step into a space of freedom which encourages them to play their part in God’s mission, and equipping them to enable strong and grounded local churches that are active in their communities as a result, are things that really excite me. This holds so much potential to greatly impact God’s Kingdom.”
Kevin advises church-based agencies and programmes around the world on disaster risk reduction, behavioural change and social impact assessment.
Kevin grew up in a missionary family in Kenya. He made a commitment to Christ at the age of eight and, while studying agriculture in Scotland, recommitted his life to Christian service in his early 20s. He worked for SAMS in Northern Argentina for 12 years, then with Tearfund and the relief and development agency, World Relief. He received a PhD from the University in Reading in 1996 in environmental behavioural change management.
Kevin and his wife Denise worship at St Leonard’s Eynsham, where Kevin serves on the PCC.
Dr Salim Munayer
The Rev Jane Shaw
Jane is a retired mission partner, who served with Church Mission Society in Pakistan.
She has worked at director level in the NHS, with Save the Children Fund in Uganda and Pakistan, and as a lecturer teaching hospital management to postgraduate international students at Leeds University.
John recently retired from Lloyd’s Register, a technical and business services organisation with operations in over 80 countries that employs over 8,000 people. He served on Lloyd’s Register’s executive team for 20 years and had director-level positions in the areas of strategy, human resources, transportation business leadership, as well as regional responsibilities for the Americas and Asia.
“I have been a Christian since my teenage years and have always been involved in our home church, whether on the PCC, as churchwarden, leading a house group, as a church elder, helping start a Besom initiative or being a part of a world mission group. Since visiting Hilary and Peter Bewes in Tanzania in 1973 I have taken a keen interest in supporting mission.”
John lived and worked overseas for 14 years in Canada, USA and Hong Kong. He is married, has four grown-up children and three grandchildren.
Simon is an experienced church and charity trustee, honed alongside a long career in business with large listed, multinational enterprises. His international finance, accounting, tax and leadership skills have afforded him the opportunity to travel extensively, his enthusiasm having been kindled by early years spent in Japan. He now applies his experience and abilities in non-executive capacities with a number of charitable organisations, helping them to achieve their strategic aims through robust decision making, governance and organisation. Married to Susan, they have experienced the joy and challenge of launching four children into their own independent adult lives from their home in London.
He has been a Christian since his early teens, benefiting greatly from the patient teaching and example of many church ministers, family and friends throughout his life. “This turned my initially woolly view of Christianity into firmly rooted faith in God which impacted how I lived and worked.”
He studied Mathematics and Music at university, going on to train and work with major international accounting firms, becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Music continues to play a large role in his life. He is a high standard player, singer and composer, encompassing an eclectic mix of styles of music. “One of my greatest delights has been leading music at church with my family making up the band!” Sport and physical activity keeps him fit and acutely aware that teamwork is a critical factor in the success of any enterprise, charitable or otherwise.
“Practical outworking of my faith has always been a key feature of my Christian service. In various capacities, I have long supported others in mission and ministry, both in the UK and abroad, often in pioneering and planting contexts. In CMS, I see an organisation that mirrors my passion to see God’s work flourish beyond the walls of church buildings, through a worldwide community of committed people.”