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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 is fully compliant with the expectations of the Charity Commission.

Trustees are appointed for a three-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. Read more

Alan Eccles CBE – Chairman

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

Isaac George

Isaac joined the Board in 2021. He has an entrepreneurial approach to transforming and 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.

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 integration of OtB with Bible Society in 2013. Leanne is Senior Advisor: People & Organisational Capability at World Vision International 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.

Rosemary Nuamah Williams

Rosemary became a trustee in 2021. Rosemary’s career over the last 25 years has been in international policy, advocacy and government relations. She has worked in Westminster as an international policy adviser, and as policy adviser and speechwriter to the head of the UN Development Programme in New York with extensive global travel Read more

Bunmi Olayisade

Bunmi Olayisade re-joined the Board in 2021, having previously served six years until 2019, including three as Deputy Chair. Bunmi lives in London and is a member of her local Anglican church.

Keith Starling – Treasurer

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.

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.

Brenden Thompson

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

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