Bible Society's Patron is Her Majesty the Queen. Our President is Rt Revd & Rt Hon Richard Chartres, Bishop of London. 

Our Vice-Presidents are Lord Alton, Baroness Sal Brinton, Revd Joel Edwards, Professor David F Ford, Dr Paula Gooder, Most Revd Dr Barry Morgan, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Most Revd & Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, Baroness Maeve Sherlock, David Suchet.

Board of Trustees

Bible Society is governed by a Board of Trustees. They advise and support the Group Chief Executive, James Catford, in the implementation of our mission and vision. They are also responsible for making sure Bible Society remains within the remit of its Royal Charter and fully compliant to the expectations of the Charity Commission.

Find out more about our trustees

Leadership Team

The strategic direction and day-to-day leadership of the Bible Society Group is in the hands of the Leadership Team. This is led by James Catford, the Group Chief Executive.

Group Chief Executive: James Catford

James Catford James was appointed Chief Executive in 2002 and Group Chief Executive in 2008. He has a background in commercial book publishing having been publishing director at both HodderHeadline and HarperCollins. His non-executive roles include vice-Chair of Renovaré, chair of Renovaré Britain & Ireland and vice-chair of Amity Printing Company, Nanjing. He is married to Sue, and they live in central London.

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Deputy Chief Executive: Paul Woolley

Paul WoolleyPaul took up his post in January 2011. He was founding Director of Theos, the public theology think tank, between 2005 and 2010. In addition to previously working as a Parliamentary Researcher and directing a political unit, he has had extensive public affairs experience. He is married to Ruth, and they have two sons, Amos and Atticus.


Executive Director of Finance: Julie Fletcher

Julie FletcherJulie joined Bible Society in February 2010 and is responsible for the Group’s finance, supporter services, contact centre, systems and estates teams. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant, Julie then worked in industry for 15 years, including five years with a buy-and-build venture capitalist backed company, where she was extensively involved in acquisitions/ mergers. She is married to Nigel, and they have one son, Matthew.

Director: Enterprise: Derek Hill

Derek HillDerek joined Bible Society in 1989. He is responsible for the Enterprise arm of Bible Society which includes Christian Resources Exhibitions, Sales, Publishing and Bible Printing.  From a book printing background, Derek has served Bible Society in variety of printing and publishing related roles including as a Bible production consultant and trainer for the United Bible Societies. He is married, and has three children.

Director: People: Susan Mears

Susan MearsSusan joined the leadership team in November 2013 as Director: People responsible for HR, Organisation Development, Voluntary Services, Brand and Marketing. Susan previously worked for 18 years as a senior executive with a large mutual organisation leading the development and implementation strategies for organisational effectiveness. Susan is married to Adrian and they have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

Director of Fundraising: Matt Parkes

Matt ParkesMatt joined Bible Society in December 2009 from a charity-specialist marketing agency. He had previously held fundraising positions in international development and children’s charities, as well as commercial marketing roles. He started out studying and working in engineering. He is married to Lizzie and they have a son named Jonathan and two daughters, Gabrielle and Beatrice.