Meet the new North West Team!
With a few changes of staff, we thought it would be good to update you on who’s who...
We've recently had to say some farewells to longstanding staff members Becky Hurst and Eirlys Jessop.
Although we're sad that they're no longer working in the North West, the good news is that they're both continuing to volunteer for Christian Aid!
So here are some short profiles of our remaining staff members – and introductions to our two most recent joiners.
Regional Coordinator for Manchester
Hello! I’m Bex and I'm the Regional Coordinator for Greater Manchester.
I'm currently living in the amazing city of Manchester. Despite originally coming from the south, I am definitely a northerner at heart.
I started my Christian Aid journey as a very young (seven-year-old) campaigner, went on to join Christian Aid officially as an intern, and have since been working in various roles, including community events fundraising and my current role.
I'm passionate about justice and believe poverty to be an outrage against humanity. I believe that together we can create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.
In my spare time, I co-lead the Manchester Stop the Traffik (anti-human trafficking charity) group, and love health and fitness. I'm also a social butterfly, so my evenings and weekends are often spent with friends and family.
Regional Coordinator for Cheshire and North Stafford
Hi, I’m Jude. I live in Lymm in Cheshire and I am mum to four grown-up children.
Before joining Christian Aid, I had two distinct careers. First, I worked in the BBC for 14 years, as both a director and producer in Religious Programmes. During that time I worked in an array of productions, from light entertainment through to 'Documentary' and 'Outside Broadcast'.
In 2000 I left the BBC to enter the 'third sector', and became an advocate for vulnerable people, eventually becoming CEO of a branch of Age Concern. I was a finalist in the 2016 National Leading Wales Awards, leading the organisation through a period of rapid change.
I'm a qualified Mental Capacity Advocate, and have extensive experience of working with people with sensory and cognitive impairments.
I left in 2016 to run my own video production company and work on grant-funded projects, giving vulnerable groups a voice.
Regional Coordinator for Cumbria
Hi! I’m Laura.
My introduction to the scandal of poverty, and how we can each make a difference, was from when I grew up in Grange-Over-Sands.
My mum was a local Traidcraft rep and I was intrigued and fascinated by her cupboard full of interesting crafts, jewellery and the massive box of recycled toilet roll!
Each year I would help my mum to deliver and collect red envelopes in Christian Aid Week, knowing that it would help others in need. These seeds of interest grew over the years into a desire to stand firmly against poverty, and to use my skills and passion to be a part of creating a world where each person is valued equally.
I've previously worked in retail marketing, and also for my own church setting up a community hub.
Over the years I've volunteered for many charities, including Christian Aid, Citizen’s Advice, The National Childbirth Trust, and Girl Guides. I currently help to organise Christian Aid Week in my own church, as well as continue to collect on my street, which I do with my own children helping.
I hope that I'm planting a seed of passion that will grow into action against the scandal of poverty.
Regional Coordinator for Lancashire
Hello, I'm Ruth and I've been a Regional Co-ordinator for almost seven years, which I can't quite believe!
I volunteered in Rwanda for a year with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and it changed my life. My perception of poverty, what causes it, and how we can help, was challenged.
I wanted to come back to the UK, share my experience, and encourage others to play a part in tackling poverty. So when I saw the Christian Aid role, it was perfect.
My husband and I attend a church in Salford and are both involved in the youth work. We love to go on adventures, be it a trip round South East Asia, or cycling through the Outer Hebrides. We're big fans of Indian food,and so can often be found in the kitchen cooking up a storm!
Regional co-ordinator for Merseyside and Warrington
Helen is soon to finish studying her MSc in sustainability, with a focus on environmental justice.
In Liverpool she volunteers for St Brides, an Anglican church in the City Centre, and has worked on a number of social and environmental projects with the Anglican Diocese.
She has also worked with the UN2030 hub, Faiths 4 Change and Friends of the Earth lobbying the Liverpool City Region on environmental policy.
In 2017, she worked for the Chaplaincy at the University of Liverpool and John Moors.
Her focus is on social and environmental justice issues (in and out of the church), land also local and international issues.
NW Office Coordinator
Hi, I’m Ian, some of you may know me, or have spoken to me when telephoning the office.
I’m usually the first point of contact for enquiries, either face-to-face, email or by telephone.
I’ve been with Christian Aid for over 17 years, initially in head office for over four years before moving to the North West. I love serving and helping, and value being part of our North West team, where together, with your invaluable help, we can make a difference for good in our world.
I’m married to Becky and now have a ‘little man’ in my life, called Noah, who is approaching two. He’s growing up so fast!
Do call or make contact, and I'll endeavour to help.