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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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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