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, Revd Joel Edwards, Professor David F Ford, Most Revd Dr Barry Morgan, Most Revd Vincent Nichols, Most Revd & Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, Dr Paula Gooder and 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.
2013 Board Members
Chairman: Philip Green
Philip Green has been Chairman since 2102, and a Trustee since 2011. He's been a supporter for some years, with a particular interest in Bible Society work in sub-Saharan Africa. Philip serves on Bible Society's Governance, Nominations and Remunerations Committees. Philip was CEO of United Utilities from 2006-2011. He chairs BakerCorp Inc in the US, and is a non-executive director of Carillion plc and chairman designate of Clarkson plc. He is also chair of the charity, Sentebale, and founded Hope Through Action. He advises the PM on corporate responsibility. Philip is married with two daughters and two grandchildren. He is a member of an Anglican church near his home in Berkshire.
Deputy Chairman: Colonel Richard Sandy
Richard Sandy is Deputy Chair of the Board. He became a trustee in 2002 and was Chairman from 2007 to 2010. He has visited Bible Societies in the Middle East and North Africa as well as India and China. He serves on several of the Board's committees - Governance, Remunerations and Nominations. Richard retired from the Army after 35 years and is now Middle East Director of Military Ministries International. Richard lives in Wiltshire and is married with two grown-up children and two grandchildren. He is a member of the Church of England.
Treasurer: Peter Muir
Peter Muir has been Treasurer since his appointment in 2010. Previously Head of Finance and Planning at the Audit Commission, he is currently working on process improvement at the National Offender Management Service. He holds an LLB and is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and the Chartered Institute of Management. He is Chair of Bible Society's Audit and Finance Committee, a member of the Remunerations Committee and non-executive Director of Bible Society Resources Ltd. Peter is married with 5 grown-up children and lives in Cheltenham where he is a member of a local Anglican Church.
John has been a Bible Society supporter since 1978 and a Trustee since 2006. He chairs Bible Society's Nominations Committee, serves on Remunerations and Audit & Finance Committees and is a Pension Trustee. A Cambridge economist, John worked at the Bank of England, including on Business Ethics. He helped design the Financial Services Authority where he was one of the first departmental heads. John was Chief Executive of the Methodist Church central staff team from 2008-2012. An elder in the United Reformed Church, he is also Moderator of the General Assembly of the URC 2013-16. John lives in Kent.
Ben Gray has been a Bible Society Trustee since 2012. Ben works as an RE teacher at a Catholic school in West Sussex. He is a founding member of The Wellspring Community, a Catholic, Benedictine community based in Brighton. Ben and his wife Katy pray together with their community and are engaged in a variety of mission activities including delivering talks and workshops to a wide range of people. Recently, Ben and his wife have been invited to join the Arundel and Brighton diocesan committee on Marriage preparation which they are thoroughly enjoying.
John Griffiths has been a Trustee since 2008. His background is in research and communications, and he's the Creative Director of Spring Research, Director of Electric Learning and founder of Planning Above and Beyond. John is a visiting lecturer/professor for a number of business schools here in the UK and in Spain. A lay reader and a member of the National and St Albans Diocesan reader councils, he is a member of an Anglican church in Hertfordshire. John is married with three nearly-grown children.
Chine Mbubaegbu joined the Board of Trustees in 2012. She is a writer and freelance journalist, and is Head of Media at Evangelical Alliance. Her first book, Am I Beautiful, is due to be published in August 2013. Chine is a member and Trustee of New Community Church in South East London where she lives.
Sir Charles Hoare Bt
Charlie Hoare has been a Bible Society Trustee since 2006, and serves on the Governance Committee. His background is in international social policy and he has worked at the United Nations. Charlie lives in North London where he is a member of an Anglican church. He is married with three young children.
Arfon Jones has been a Bible Society supporter for many years, and a Trustee since 2011. He is a Bible translator, and in 2013 completed the newest Welsh translation of the Scriptures (beibl.net). He was also involved with the revision of the New Welsh Bible published in 2004. He is a trustee of St David's Society, the National Prayer Breakfast and of the Healthcare Christian Fellowship of Wales, and a Governor at the Welsh medium primary school his children attend. Arfon is a member of a Welsh Congregational Church where he is a deacon, evangelist and lay preacher. Arfon is married with three children and lives in Cardiff.
Strategic Leadership Team
The strategic direction and day-to-day leadership of the Bible Society Group is in the hands of a Strategic Leadership Team. This is led by James Catford, the Group Chief Executive.
Group Chief Executive: 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 Renovarè, chair of Renovarè 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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Executive Director of Charity: Paul Woolley
Paul 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 Services: Lesley Whelan
Lesley has been a Director of Bible Society since 2002 and in her current post since 2009. In addition to a business background, she has a particular interest in organisation and staff development. As well as considerable experience in the charity sector, past roles include Production Management and Financial Services. Lesley enjoys an active role in both her church and community. She is married to Nick, and they have two sons.
Executive Director of Finance: Julie Fletcher
Julie 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.