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Our Trustees

Bible Society is governed by a Board of Trustees. They advise and support our Chief Executive Paul Williams in the implementation of our mission and vision.

They are also responsible for making sure Bible Society remains within the remit of our Royal Charter and are fully compliant to the expectations of the Charity Commission.

Trustees are appointed for a 3-year term and may be re-appointed for up to a further two terms. They are appointed on the basis of their skills, experience, time availability and the general contribution which they are able to make to the work of Bible Society.

Current Board Members

Paul Williams
Chief Executive

Paul Williams, now CEO of Bible Society, 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. His 2020 book Exiles on Mission: How Christians Can Thrive in a Post-Christian World calls for a radical reimagining of the church’s mission and provides concrete tools to help Christians play their part in God’s purpose to redeem and reconcile all of creation. He is married to Sarah and they have two adult daughters, Hannah and Emilia.

Chairman: Alan Eccles CBE

Alan became Chair when he re-joined the Board in 2021, having previously served as a trustee for six years from 2014-20. He is the former Public Guardian and Chief Executive of the Office of the Public Guardian. A lawyer by training, Alan lives in Wolverhampton with his wife. He is a Methodist Local Preacher and a member of his local Methodist Church.

Catherine Pepinster

Catherine Pepinster joined the Board in 2014. She is the UK Development Officer for the Anglican Centre in Rome. Catherine also regularly contributes to 'Thought for the Day' on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. Catherine is married and lives in West London, where she is a member of her local Catholic Church.

Ian Dighé

Ian Dighé joined the Board in 2015. He is currently Chairman of the Investment Co plc, an independent director of Edelweiss Holdings plc, and a non-executive director of a number of private companies. He was formerly Chairman of Miton Group plc, and the Chairman of Trustees of Westminster Theological College. Ian is married and has three adult children.  Ian lives in Burley and is a member of St John the Baptist CofE.

Paul Chandler

Paul joined the Board in 2015. He is a non-executive Director of The Co-operative Group, Chair of Durham Cathedral Council, Vice Chair of County Durham Community Foundation and a Fellow and Vice Chair of St Chad's College in Durham University. Chief Executive of Traidcraft from 2001-2013, he is a director of Shared Interest and of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office in Brussels. Paul and his wife Sarah have three adult daughters and worship at their local Anglican church in Durham.

Leanne Long

Leanne joined the Board in 2020. She was involved in the creation and growth of Open the Book, having been a trustee and overseeing the alliance of OtB with Bible Society in 2013. Leanne is Culture & Capability Lead at World Vision UK and a trustee of Bedford Foodbank. She and her husband have two grown-up daughters and live in Bedford where they are members of All Nations Church.

Treasurer: Keith Starling

Keith joined the Board in 2019, and became Treasurer in 2020. A chartered accountant, he is Senior Portfolio Advisor at Big Society Capital, and a trustee of Mayday Trust and Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Keith is married with two grown-up children and a member of his local Anglican Church in Dorset.

Siân Rees

Siân joined the Board in 2020. Since 2019 she has been Director of Evangelical Alliance Wales having previously been Head of Performing and Expressive Arts at a secondary school in north Wales. Siân lives in Pontypridd and worships at City Church (Elim).

Ramez Atallah

Ramez joined the Board of Trustees in 2020. He has been the General Director of the Bible Society of Egypt for 30 years. Ramez and his wife Rebecca have two grown-up children and five grandchildren. They live in Cairo, where he is an elder in the Heliopolis Evangelical Church.

Brenden Thompson

Brenden joined the Board in 2021. He is CEO of Catholic Voices and Evangelisation & Outreach Advisor at the Archdiocese of Southwark. Brenden lives in Banbury with his wife and two young daughters, and worships at St John the Evangelist, Banbury.

Rosemary Nuamah Williams

Rosemary became a trustee in 2021. She has had a 20 year career in international policy and government relations and is currently a senior policy adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury. She is a former speechwriter and policy adviser for the United Nations and senior policy analyst to The Elders (the group of global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela). Rosemary is married with a young daughter and lives in London where she is member of her local Anglican Church.

Bunmi Olayisade

Bunmi Olayisade re-joined the Board in 2021, having previously served six years until 2019, including three as Deputy Chair. She is Partnership Co-ordinator for Africa at the Methodist Church Britain’s World Church Relations Office, liaising with partner churches and organisations in 22 Africa countries. Bunmi lives in Buckinghamshire and is a member of an AOG church.

Fidelis Omozuapo

Fidelis joined the Board in 2021. He is CEO of a leading Africa-focused business intelligence firm and has a background in compliance, governance and risk management. Fidelis lives with his wife and young family in Surrey, where he is a member of the local Catholic Church.

Isaac George

Isaac joined the Board in 2021. He has an entrepreneurial approach to transforming & growing enterprises particularly through technology. Isaac lives with his wife and two children in Buckinghamshire. He is a member of the St. John’s Mar Thoma Church in London. He works with teens and young people, mentoring them, both in and outside of the church.

Richard Taylor

Richard joined the Board in 2021, having been a supporter of the Society for some years. He currently works for the Post Office and has extensive experience in corporate communications and social responsibility programmes. Richard lives in Leeds with his wife and family, where he attends an independent evangelical church.

Rochelle Bond

Rochelle became a trustee in 2021. She runs her own brand strategy and marketing consultancy and has many years; experience in large entertainment companies and publishers. She is married with a young child and lives in London where she worships at her local Anglican church.

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