Simon Upcott


Simon Upcott

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.”