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, Revd Stephen Gaukroger.

Board of Trustees

Bible Society is governed by a Board of Trustees. They advise and support the Interim Chief Executive, Paul Woolley, 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 Paul Woolley, the Interim Chief Executive.

Paul Woolley
Interim Chief Executive

Paul WoolleyPaul joined Bible Society 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.


Julie Fletcher
Executive Director of Finance

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.

Derek Hill
Director: Enterprise

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.

Susan Mears
Director: People

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.

Matthew van Duyvenbode
Director of External Relations, Advocacy & Research

Matthew van DuyvenbodeMatthew joined Bible Society in 2010, and looks after the organisation’s work to encourage the general public in England and Wales to explore the Scriptures. A graduate in Theology, he is responsible for leading the organisation’s academic and sociological research programme, as well as directing mainstream advocacy initiatives in the Arts, Education, Media and Politics. Matthew and his wife Carys have two young boys.