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Our team

Executive Director

Steve Midgley

Over the past 10 years Steve has been involved in teaching courses in biblical counselling at Oak Hill College and leads the Biblical Counselling UK team. He is on the boards of both CCEF and the Biblical Counseling Coalition. Formerly the vicar of Christ Church Cambridge, Steve continues to serve the church family there. Before ordination he trained as a psychiatrist.

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Director of Training and Resources

Helen Thorne

Helen is an experienced speaker, counsellor and author whose recent books include Hope in an Anxious WorldWalking with Domestic Abuse SufferersPurity is PossibleReal Change and Real Change for Students. She has completed CCEF’s certificate courses and holds an MA in Applied Theology.

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Director of the Certificate Course

Andrew Collins

Andrew has spent many years working as a consultant psychiatrist in Belfast alongside part-time work providing biblical counselling. He is an elder at his church in Portadown, Northern Ireland. He tutors on the BCUK Certificate Course in Belfast. In collaboration with others, Andrew is responsible for taking the lead in developing the Certificate Course and other advanced skills training.

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Director of Finance and Operations

Tarita Smallwood

After working in public practice she spent eight years as the Women’s Pastoral Worker at Christ Church Cambridge before switching to being their Finance and HR Manager. She continues this role alongside her work for Biblical Counselling UK.  She holds a Certificate in Biblical Counselling with CCEF, has studied on the Cornhill Training Course and is involved in pastoral care in her local church. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW.

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Head of Communications

Andrew McKenna

Alongside his role at BCUK Andrew works part-time as a musician and music instructor, following 13 years in church ministry. He also serves as a trustee of the Music Ministry Foundation. Andrew is responsible for BCUK’s external positioning and leading our messaging, including oversight of our website.

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Director of the Church-based Intern Scheme

Amanda Naves

Originally from Canada, Amanda studied at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and trained with CCEF before moving to the UK in 2016. She is involved in a number of ministry areas within her local church, including pastoral care.

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Senior Administrator

Sydnie Jordan

Sydnie has studied online with CCEF and has experience in church administration.

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Assistant Administrator

Anna Goodwin-Hudson

Anna has completed a number of biblical counselling courses with CCEF and BCUK, and now has the privilege of serving the BCUK students in an administrative capacity.

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Finance and Operations Administrator

Wendy Whiffin

Wendy has studied on BCUK’s Certificate Course alongside her previous role as Operations Manager for Bishop Hannington Church. Prior to that Wendy held a variety of roles in the areas of office management and operations. Wendy is responsible for supporting Tarita with the financial management, operations, HR and development work for BCUK.

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Executive Assistant to Steve Midgley

Ruth Roberts

Ruth has studied on BCUK’s Certificate Course alongside working 1 day per week as Steve Midgley’s Executive Assistant. She has worked many years in this role for Steve in his previous capacity as Vicar of Christ Church Cambridge and now works for BCUK. Previously Ruth was a primary school teacher.

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Personal Assistant to Helen Thorne

Nicola Eggertsen

Nicola completed the Biblical Counselling Certificate with BCUK in 2018. For the last four years she has been a Recitation Instructor for BCUK and is currently a trainee tutor. Nicola runs a “Soul Care” practice and is studying for certification with the Association of Biblical Counselors alongside this. She is a Lay Pastoral Assistant at her church and involved in ministry alongside her husband (who is the vicar). Previously, she was a secondary English teacher.

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Board of Trustees

Mike Warren

Mike is Vicar of St Peter’s Tunbridge Wells. He has completed the BCUK Certificate Course and serves as the chair of trustees for BCUK.

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Allan Beckett

Allan runs Carnelian, an executive search and board advisory business. He is involved in an FIEC church in Canterbury, where he leads the pastoral counselling ministry. He has completed the BCUK Certificate Course.

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Katherine Cornes

Katherine and her husband have recently retired after many years in parish ministry and are now based in Eastbourne. She has completed the BCUK Certificate Course.

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Stuart Hull

Stuart lives in Dorset working as a Chartered Accountant in the NHS. He serves as church warden at St John’s Wimborne and has completed the BCUK Foundations Certificate.

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Joanna Jackson

Joanna Jackson is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist. She has been involved in teaching and training of biblical counselling in a variety of settings and also works one-to-one with people offering biblical counselling in a more formal context.

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Sally Orwin Lee

Sally provides biblical counselling, discipling and mentoring in local churches across the North West. She is a Recitation Instructor and Consultation Facilitator for BCUK.

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Fred Paton

Fred is a qualified accountant by background and has recently retired. He is based near Banstead where he serves as a deacon at his church. He has completed the BCUK Certificate Course.

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Abigail Richardson

Abigail is a qualified counsellor who has worked over several years with both adults and children. In more recent years she has increasingly seen how the Bible speaks to all of life and has completed the Dynamics of Biblical Counselling module with BCUK. Abigail now serves alongside her husband who is the pastor of their small local church in London. She continues to use her counselling skills to support individuals within her local church and provides counselling to the wider body of Christ.

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Christine Robinson

Christine has recently retired and divides her time between Enfield and Spalding. She is involved with pastoral care and runs a bereavement cafe to support the church and local community. She has completed the BCUK certificate course.

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Roxana Stanciu

Roxana is the Director of Operations and Development at Christ Church Mayfair. Prior to this role, she served as a member of the senior leadership team of CARE, a Christian UK charity.

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