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 His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London.

Our Vice-Presidents are Baroness Sal Brinton, Revd Joel Edwards, Professor David F Ford, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, 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.

Kate Andrews
Chief Financial Officer

Kate joined Bible Society in June 2017.  She spent the early part of her career qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and has subsequently worked in senior finance roles in a number of commercial SME businesses, where she gained significant hands-on operational experience.

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 and Voluntary Services. 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 7 grandchildren.

Paul Graves
Director of Brand Strategy and Marketing

Paul joined Bible Society in September 2018, having spent 20 years living and working in Seattle, USA. During that time, he helped create and lead a number of new business ventures including his own innovation practice, serving a broad range of start-ups and global brands in the charity and commercial sectors. He has also worked as a bi-vocational pastor, focusing on the integration of theology and vocation. Paul serves on the International Board of Directors for Food for the Hungry. He is passionate about inspiring people and organisations to see and fulfil their unseen potential. He is married to Annie, and they have two children, Isaac and Evangeline.

Richard King
Counsel on Legal Risk Management and Governance

Richard joined Bible Society in August 2018. Richard worked as a barrister for 30 years providing legal advice and services in advocacy and mediation. In 2010 he joined Concordis International, where he designed and participated in conflict resolution processes in Sudan and South Sudan. From 2013 until 2018 Richard was Concordis’ chief executive, responsible for the strategic development of programmes in Africa and for governance and regulatory compliance.

Stuart Noble
Director of Strategic Partnerships

Stuart joined Bible Society in February 2016 having previously held senior fundraising and communications roles in the charity sector. Originally from Northern Ireland, Stuart is married to Julianne and they have three children Sebastian, Felix and Harriet.

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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