Our Governance

Fegans, now part of Spurgeons Children’s Charity, is a Christian charity which has been supporting children for over 150 years. We are governed by a joint Board of Trustees who are responsible for ensuring the charity remains true to its charitable objectives and Christian ethos.

 

 

The Trustees

Each of the Trustees of Spurgeons brings a particular expertise to the Board, including healthcare, finance, marketing, governance, business and advocacy. The Board meets at least four times a year and Trustees work closely with the Senior Leadership Team, visit Area Teams and attend the annual Staff Day. Trustees are appointed for a term of three years and for a maximum of two terms.

 


 

 

Andrew Caplen

 

Andrew Caplen has been the Chair of Spurgeons Children’s Charity Board of Trustees since December 2017.

 

He is a Solicitor (non-practising) and Notary Public.  From 2014 to 2015 he was the President of the Law Society of England and Wales. Prior to this he was Vice-President, Deputy Vice-President, Chair of the Law Society’s Access to Justice Committee, and also Chair of its Management Board. Andrew is also currently the Chair of LawCare, a mental health charity, as well as being a member of the Law Society’s Human Rights Committee. He has both written and spoken extensively on a wide range of justice issues.

 

 

 

Sarah Powley

 

Sarah joined the Spurgeons Board of Trustees in 2017. Sarah graduated at Nottingham University with a BA in Industrial Economics and initially worked for 13 years at KPMG (in both audit and mergers and acquisitions), where she was an associate director.

During this time Sarah also set up a charity Rainbow Farm to support a project for orphaned and abandoned children in Brazil, which she chaired for five years. She helped with the strategic review at the international aid and development charity Tearfund in 2006 and worked alongside the Global and Corporate Citizenship team at KPMG setting up charity partnerships before going on to be the Finance Director at the international children’s charity World Vision UK in 2007 for five years.

Sarah is now a full time foster carer as well as a Trustee for Viva the International Children’s Charity and a Director of The Evangelical Alliance Developments Trading Company. In her spare time Sarah has volunteered for TLG, the pupil referral centre for excluded young people and Nightstop, which takes in homeless young people overnight. Sarah is currently a champion for the charity Home for Good and is on the leadership team of her local church in Hounslow.

 

 

Safron Rose

 

Safron was appointed to the Spurgeons Board of Trustees in 2017 and currently sits on the Standards and Outcomes Committee.

Safron is an independent child protection consultant. She is a serious case review author and delivers training on a range of safeguarding subjects to multi-agency managers and practitioners across England and Guernsey. She has over twenty five years’ experience in child protection social work, during which time she has held various operational and strategic roles. She is a former Director at the NSPCC charity, has been a member of various government task groups and was a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock Centre.

 

Phil Green

 

Phil was appointed to the Spurgeons Board of Trustees in 2019. He is the Chief Executive of Home for Good – an organisation that exists to find a home for every child who needs one by inspiring Christians to step up to foster and adopt and equipping churches to support those that do.

Phil began his working life as a youth and community worker and is passionate about young people being given the opportunity to reach their full potential. He is an author and editor, and has increasingly worked on national church engagement initiatives, with a particular desire for churches to address injustices in society. He held an associate pastor-type role in a Pentecostal church in rural Uganda for a year, during which time he co-founded a small international development charity called a little bit of HOPE, which funds community-led development programmes in the region.

Phil is married with two small children and is a member of Community Church Bishop Stortford.

 

 

Ali Collins

 

Ali is currently an Associate Trainer and Consultant for The Foundation for Social Improvement where she provides support for small charities in strategy and planning, governance, fundraising and impact measurement. She holds an MA in Charity Management and has been involved with the charity sector for the last five years. She also has over 25 years of experience in marketing within agency, large corporate and small business settings including four years with a mental healthcare provider.

Ali currently lives in Sevenoaks with her husband Steve and their three children. As a committed Christian, she is a member of Hope Church, Sevenoaks, where she is currently involved in the launch of their afternoon service.

 

 

David Buchan

 

David lives in Redhill, Surrey with his wife Cynthia. They have 3 grown-up children.

David spent most of his career in central Government, as an auditor and civil servant, and is a qualified accountant. For 7 years he was Group Financial Controller at the Department for Transport. He retired from the civil service in 2019 but retains a role as an external assessor for the civil service fast stream assessment centre. He also works part-time as Operations Director at Holy Trinity Church, Redhill – running finance, purchasing, HR, and anything else ‘behind the scenes’.

 

David has a number of interests in the charitable sector, being a trustee of other (smaller) charities. He is currently undertaking a part-time diploma course in charity financial management and accounting at the Cass Business School.

 

 

Jenni Emery

 

Jenni was appointed to the Spurgeons Board of Trustees in 2019. She is the Global People and Culture Leader at Arup, a leading design and engineering consultancy, and author of Leading for Organisational Change: Building Purpose, Motivation and Belonging (Wiley, 2019).

A lawyer and executive coach by background, Jenni has spent twenty years leading change projects in professional services organisations and other people-centred businesses. She particularly loves to work in the context of transformational change, and is passionate about the power of purpose, storytelling and wholehearted leadership to transform business, communities and society. She is currently working on a new book called The Whole Business, about our individual relationships with work, and businesses’ relationships with the communities they serve.

Jenni is a non-exec advisor to two start-ups in the legal sector: F-Lex and Mason & Cook. She lives in London with her husband and four children.

 

 

Chris James

 

Chris joined the Board of Trustees in 2020.  He is a retired primary school headteacher who has been in the teaching profession for 33 years having qualified with an education degree through Bath University.

For the last 20 years, Chris was a headteacher gaining experience in leadership and management of two church schools in the state sector.  This included leading on teaching, learning, curriculum, staff development, appraisal, safeguarding and governance.  Among the many challenges facing schools, Chris found that support and intervention strategies for vulnerable children and their families were often the key to educational progress, enabling children to reach their full potential.

Chris is married, has two daughters and sons-in-law and a grandson.  He is a member of Central Baptist Church in Chelmsford where he has served on the Leadership Team and leads worship regularly.

 

 

Nicky Rayner

Nicky joined the Board of Trustees in 2020. Nicky has many years’ experience working within the children’s sector within local government and has spent most of her working life working with vulnerable children and their families in a variety of roles, moving, after 15 years as a front line Social Worker and Team Manager, to be Service Manager for Disabled Children’s Services at Oxfordshire County Council. Since the turn of the century, Nicky led a multiagency 0-19 services development team in Slough, where she moved on to be Assistant Director for Children and Families, before becoming the Divisional Director for Families in the London Borough of Newham. Most recently, Nicky managed Milton Keynes Council’s Children’s Services, before retiring and using her social work and management experience in voluntary work with her local church, school and Christian children’s charities.

 

 

Michelle Brissett

 

Michelle is the Director of Finance & Resources at the CUF Ltd, a charity with a focus on tackling social action throughout England. She is also a qualified CIMA professional with over 20 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector.

Michelle is a member of the Finance & Risk Committee at the National Society of the Church of England and recently served as a trustee for the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership, aimed at developing leaders to transform education.

Michelle is passionate about the health and wellbeing of children and young people and enjoys mentoring women to help realise their potential and overcome personal difficulties. She is an active member at Kensington Temple, a Pentecostal church based in Nottinghill Gate, and runs a small church homegroup.

 

 

Sian Wrangles

 

Appointed in 2020, Sian brings over 25 years’ charity sector experience to the Board.  Sian is the Director of National Development at Transforming Lives for Good, a national Christian children’s charity which helps transform the lives of thousands of struggling children facing the toughest starts in life.  She is an experienced leader and fundraising, communications and church engagement specialist, and is passionate about growing exceptional teams that make a significant impact.

Having studied International Development at university, Sian has worked with various organisations, predominantly with a focus on tackling poverty and injustice in its various forms, both in the UK and overseas.  More recently, she has worked for UCCF, Scope, and CFL, and spent 16 years growing Christians Against Poverty UK and International, as part of their leadership team.

Sian is married to Mark and loves being a mum to two boys.  She is a leader at ‘Connect@CopperBeech’ – a church first planted in a women’s refuge in a deprived area of Leeds – where she is passionate about seeing children and families connect into church who would never usually have the opportunity to do so!

Our Policies

 

All policies are approved at Trustee level and reviewed regularly by the relevant member of the leadership team. Our policies are living documents that we incorporate in the very life of our organisation. For example, the safeguarding team meets weekly with the CEO in attendance. Policies are updated regularly and speedily as required, in order to adapt quickly to operational changes or new legislative requirements. To view a full policy, click on a title below:

 

 

Our Finances

Over 70% of Fegans income is from statutory partners paying for our services. We believe that this is testament to the quality of our services and the desperate need for them within the communities in which we operate. The 30% gap in our income portfolio can only be filled by donations from individuals and Trusts. Fegans offers an expensive service to those who often are unable to pay. The time and expertise required to recover a child who has suffered significantly is low compared to the results… but its absolute price is a high threshold for families and schools to have to reach. In order to ensure that traumatised children who cannot afford our services still have access to them, Fegans need compassionate donors to step into our financial gap.

 

It is perhaps worth noting that Fegans’ staff, who together are over 90% of our operating costs, are significantly underpaid but do this job because of a strong sense of calling to minister to children in need. As our staff have sacrificed because they believe in what we do, we trust that their example is a powerful motivator to those who can stand in the gap for, and with, us.

 

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