Andy Burns Executive Director
Andy hails from the North East and now lives in Windsor with wife Catherine, son Elijah and daughter Gemma.
Before joining Capital Mass in May 2015, Andy was the CEO of east to west a Surrey based youth charity supporting children, young people and families.
Andy’s passion is to host creative spaces where individual can thrive in their calling/conviction. This translated itself through the way he led east to west nurturing a 20 strong team as well as founding a leadership development network called Cafe Leadership. It’s this drive that he’s looking to bring to Capital Mass.
To his family’s dismay Andy and Elijah are Reading FC supporters and as a family they love to travel, cook and explore life.
Angela Afza Refugee and Migrant Response Coordinator
Angela has devoted her time and energy to working with refugees and asylum seekers in London over the past 13 years. This includes being an ESOL teacher, running a day centre and 5 years as an Immigration lawyer.
Chantal Bose Administrator
Chantal is a born and bred Londoner, who has a degree in Fine Art. Her role is divided between the Diocese of London, working in the HR Department & Capital Mass, and she is currently studying for her CIPD Intermediate Diploma in HR Management. She is a keen traveller who has lived both in Spain & Beijing, as well as, spending some time in Hong Kong & South Korea.
Alison Tsang Just Finance London Development Worker
Alison Tsang was born in Sheffield and grew up in various parts of South Yorkshire but has sacrificed a life in the Glorious North for a calling to live in London, a place she’s called home for over 20 years. She managed to acquire a London-loving husband they have two smalls so it looks like she’s in for the duration.
Her background is in youth & community work, having worked as a church community worker, various school & youth charities and then for several years managing the national training of “Made of Money”, a financial capability programme at Quaker Social Action. Alison comes to Capital Mass most recently having developed the pilot of a primary schools-based financial education and savings scheme “LifeSavers”, another part of the Just Finance Foundation’s work.
Before all that sort of stuff, Alison used to work in television production, and her best job ever was working on Blue Peter where she got to (among other things) make baked Alaska for the “here’s one I made earlier” slot and dressed as a snowman on national TV.
Rt Revd Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney Chair
Adrian was born in Watford and survived. The youngest of 6 children, he worked as an economist before ordination in 1985. He served parish communities in East London, Sheffield, and central Birmingham (the Bullring) before being appointed Dean of Rochester in 2005. In 2011 he became Bishop of Stepney, serving an area covering the 3 London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Islington. He describes himself as a social entrepreneur, committed to human flourishing and the re-enchantment of society. He was once introduced as ‘the most un-Dean-like Dean in the Church of England’ – a description he quite liked at the time. He is currently intent on being a most un-Bishop-like Bishop. Adrian is married to Gill, with 3 grown up sons. He loves all forms of sport and exercises regularly to try and stay fit. He is still the only Dean to have run the London Marathon and cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats. He is a great fan of U2, Bruce Springsteen and the folk group Show of Hands.
Ben Bell Trustee
Ben Bell is an ordinand at Westcott House, Cambridge. Previously Ben was the founding Director of Urban Hope, a Youth and Community Charity in Islington and Hackney. He has an MA in Youth Ministry and trains youth workers at a number of colleges and within the Diocese of London. Under Ben’s leadership, Urban Hope created CONCRETE, an initiative that resources and supports urban youth ministry across the UK. His achievements were recognised by his inclusion in the Independent on Sunday’s ‘Happy List 2014’. He is a keen cook, photographer and an avid ‘sneakerhead’ (collector of trainers).
Tim Bissett Trustee
Tim Bissett is the Director of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity which delivers the annual BBC Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal. The Appeal raising money to support vulnerable and homeless people across the UK. Tim has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years, starting his career planting trees with Groundwork in west London. Tim is passionate about social justice, opportunity and inclusion. He is now leading the St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity to develop its work to help homeless people receive shelter, food, help and advice at The Connection at St Martins and through the special Vicar’s Relief Fund which makes thousands of one off grants to vulnerable people across the UK. Before moving to St Martin’s, Tim was the Chief Executive of the Church Urban Fund. Tim lives in Winchester with his wife Helena and youngest son. His oldest two children are away, living it up, at University. Tim is a trumpet player and cyclist. He supports Southampton FC - even though he was born in Yorkshire.
Gillian Bowen trustee
Gillian Bowen is CEO of City YMCA, London, a charity which specialises in housing services for homeless young people (aged 16 – 25) and delivers a range of youth support and health services to vulnerable and at risk youth (aged 12 – 25). She is also a Justice of the Peace. Gillian has worked in the youth and voluntary sector for 20 years and has held previous a CEO position at The Space KC, a young people’s health service commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. This service provided health education, community drug treatment and mental health provision. Amongst other roles spanning her career, Gillian Bowen was a Consultant at Partners in Evaluation, Director of African Caribbean Family Mediation Service, Diocesan Youth Officer at Southwark Catholic Youth Service and has worked at two Young Offender Institutes. Gillian Bowen is passionate about issues of social justice, has a BA (Hons) Theology, MA Community and Youth Work and MBA. Gillian enjoys keeping fit and can be regularly found at her local gym enjoying boxing, hot yoga and spin classes. She is a cat owner, an avid tennis fan, and appreciates art, particularly modern and contemporary. Gillian is very proud of her Grenadian heritage and likes to spend time in the Caribbean.
Azariah France-Williams Trustee
Revd Azariah France-Williams is a pioneer priest in charge of St Francis Church Dalgarno Way. The church is a Bishop’s Mission Order, a limited company with charitable status, and the congregation engage members of the community, through the arts, hospitality and chaplaincy. Before becoming ordained, Azariah was involved in youth and student ministry. He has also worked as a motivational coach in schools. Azariah’s MPhil considered black empowerment within the white institutional church. He is a faculty member of Westminster Theological Centre where his lectures are based around faith and contemporary society. Azariah has tried boxing, wrestling and parkour but these days mostly sticks to cycling. He was shortlisted for a role as a Blue Peter presenter and enjoys storytelling and radio plays.
Alison Grieve Trustee
Alison Grieve joined Business in The Community, a charity which champions responsible business practices, as Finance Director in 2001, having previously worked in senior Finance roles for over 30 years in a range of industries including social housing, retail and the IT industry, after qualifying with one of the partnerships that came together to form what is now Ernst & Young.
Alison is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She serves on the Finance and Audit Committees of two other charities, one educational and one supporting people with disabilities. She is also a trustee of the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity.
Alison has been a member of All Souls Church Langham Place since 1973 and is currently one of the Deputy Wardens and represents All Souls on the Deanery Synod. Quite passionate about Flamenco (watching and dancing – helps to unwind ) and Feminism (participative definitely – not so good at unwinding) – the Rolling Stones and Joan Baez and Stuart Townend. Reads science fiction and “Vintage” girls school stories. ”
Tim Thorlby Trustee
Tim Thorlby is the Development Director at the Centre for Theology and Community (CTC), based in east London. The Centre works with churches of all denominations to transform their communities. Tim helps to manage the Centre, undertakes research and consultancy projects with churches and has a particular interest in seeing churches engage with enterprise and social investment. As part of this, he project manages the London Missional Housing Bond. He is also an active and longstanding member of his church in north London, where he is Lay Vice Chair of the PCC and a lay preacher. Tim lives in Finsbury Park with his wife Katie, prefers cake to sport, and is a proud native of Skegness, England’s finest seaside resort.