Our People

We are led by a team of people from different backgrounds and different church traditions, united by a common purpose: to bring the Bible to life.

Our Patron is Her Majesty the Queen, and 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, Most Revd Dr Barry Morgan, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Most Revd & Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, Baroness Maeve Sherlock, David Suchet, Revd Stephen Gaukroger.

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 Williams, the Chief Executive.

Paul Williams
Chief Executive

Paul Williams became Chief Executive of Bible Society in September 2016 having previously worked for over a decade in business in London and then as an academic theologian in Canada. He is the visionary behind ReFrame, an innovative resource for whole-life discipleship, produced by Regent College, Vancouver, where he holds a Research Professorship of Marketplace Theology and Leadership. Paul is passionate about helping the Church read the Bible in the marketplace and engage missionally in contemporary culture. He is married to Sarah and they have two adult daughters, Hannah and Emilia.

Paul Woolley
Deputy Chief Executive

Paul 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 three children, Amos, Atticus, and Esther.

Sanjay Ashar
Interim Finance Director

Sanjay joined in October 2016 and is responsible for the financial management of Bible Society. Sanjay spent the early part of his career in well-known corporates and is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant and has an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management. Sanjay has been operating as an interim Finance Director since 2009 and has a wealth of experience in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. Sanjay is married and has two sons, who are both studying for their GCSE exams.

Derek Hill
Director: Enterprise

Derek joined Bible Society in 1989. He is responsible for the Enterprise arm of Bible Society which includes 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 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 National Programme & Research

Matthew joined Bible Society in 2010, and co-ordinates the organisation's programme in England and Wales. A graduate in Theology, he is responsible for leading the organisation's academic and sociological research programme, as well as directing Bible Society's engagement in public life, including the Arts, Education, Media and Politics. Matthew and his wife Carys have three children.

Paula Gooder
Theologian in Residence

Paula joined Bible Society in 2014.  She oversees the Bible Engagement which seeks to produce creative and engaging resources to help people from all walks of life and stages of faith to read the Bible. She is a New Testament scholar and has spent over 20 years teaching in Theological education.  She is also the author of a wide number of books on the Bible.  She is married, and has two children.

Board of Trustees

We are governed by a Board of Trustees. They advise and support the Chief Executive, Paul Williams, in the implementation of our mission and vision. They are also responsible for making sure we remain within the remit of its Royal Charter and fully compliant to the expectations of the Charity Commission.

Find out more about our trustees

Bringing the Bible to life

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