Lord Curry of Kirkharle KB CBE (Trustee)
Lord Curry is the non-executive Chair of the Better Regulation Executive which works with UK government departments and regulators to help reduce regulatory burdens and red tape.
He is Chair of The Royal Veterinary College and an advisor to John Lewis/Waitrose. He retired as Chair of the NFU Mutual Insurance Company in 2011 and is a former Chair of the Meat and Livestock Commission. He chaired the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food and his report ‘Farming and Food – a sustainable future’ (The Curry Report) led to a fundamental review of Government policy.
He was awarded the CBE in 1997, received a Knighthood in 2001 and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Cranfield, Newcastle and Gloucestershire Universities. In 2011, he was made a life peer and sits in the House of Lords as a Crossbencher.
“The work of AID in assisting the Episcopal Church in South Sudan with a range of development programmes is critical to the future stability of South Sudan and I am delighted to be involved.”
Canon Dr. Chris Sugden (Trustee)
Chris is an ordained minister of the Church of England. He studied Classics and Theology at Oxford, where he was President of the Christian Union, and then Liberation Theology at St John’s College Nottingham. His postgraduate research was in social theology in the developing world.
After an assistant pastorship in Leeds, where he also worked for the BBC, Chris spent 6 years with his family in India working in development education and training.
In 1983, they returned to England and Chris was part of the team that established the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. He is a member of the Church of England General Synod and is an honorary canon of St Luke’s Cathedral, Jos, Nigeria and of the Diocese of Sunyani, Ghana. He has also served as chairman of the trustees of Traidcraft, a Christian Fair Trade Company based on Tyneside.
Chris understands ‘’good news to the poor’’ to mean what the Christian gospel means to poor people who receive it. He believes it is the Church’s responsibility to share this gospel which, through Jesus, brings new identity, purpose and hope. He therefore has a deep concern for gospel-shaped development carried out through the Church. This approach is at the heart of AID.
Chris is married to Elaine, a cancer consultant in Oxford. They have three children and five grandchildren. He and Elaine enjoy growing fruit and vegetables on their allotment and spending time with their grandchildren. Chris also runs a Morris minor and a Hornby Dublo three rail train set.
Rev. Canon Charles Raven (Trustee)
Charles is Membership Development Secretary of Gafcon (the Global Anglican Future Conference movement) and is now based in Sheffield. He studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University and Theology at Durham University. After a few years in the banking industry, he served as an ordained minister of the Church of England, both within and beyond its formal structures.
From 2012 to 2016, he lived in Kenya and served as Archbishop’s Officer for Anglican Communion Affairs in the Anglican Church of Kenya under Archbishop Eliud Wabukala. This period of living and travelling in Africa gave him first-hand experience of the developing world and his wife Gillian worked as an Environmental Educationalist with A Rocha, a bible-based Christian Conservation movement. His own contribution to conservation was of a rather different kind as Chairman of the Friends of Nairobi Railway Museum. He is an honorary canon of All Saints’ Cathedral Nairobi.
Charles has written widely on Anglican Communion matters and is the author of a major study of the theology of Rowan Williams and his leadership of the Communion. Part of his current role with Gafcon is the development of effective global networks which include gospel partnership in ministries of mercy to stand with the poorest and most marginalised.
In Sheffield, Charles and Gillian are actively involved in Christ Church Central, a thriving inner-city congregation which is part of the Anglican Mission in England. They enjoy living near the Peak District National Park and their new role as grandparents.
Rev. David Holloway (Trustee)
David has been vicar of Jesmond Parish Church, Newcastle upon Tyne since 1973. After studying classics and theology at Oxford, he taught in the mid-60s for the Anglicans (but seconded to the Presbyterians) in Omdurman, at a secondary school in the mainly Muslim northern Sudan. Following the expulsion of the missionaries from the mainly Christian south, he taught Muslim boys but also Christian southerners who had managed to get to the north. He also helped lead the non-Arabic Anglican congregation of southerners in Omdurman. Having witnessed the beginnings of the tragic and terrible troubles in the Sudan at that time, he has ever since had a deep concern for peace in this area and for its Episcopal Church to help meet its needs.
David was ordained in 1967. After an assistant pastorship in Leeds, working with national and international students and helping to start religious programming at BBC Radio Leeds, he went on to teach doctrine and ethics at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.
While at Jesmond Parish Church, David has seen the church develop and grow across two services on a Sunday to over 1000 people, including many students and young people. The church has worldwide mission interests and through its 24-hour internet TV channel, Clayton TV, provides a resource for Christians in other countries, especially the Far East. He is also an author of several books and from time to time is asked to broadcast and debate public issues of Christian concern. Formerly he was much involved in the Church of England General Synod. He and his wife Joy have three children and three grandchildren.
Alice Lane (Administrator)
Alice started as AID’s administrator in May 2014. Prior to this, she spent 5 ½ years working as administrator for Morpeth-based charity, The Mustard Tree Trust. A law graduate, Alice began her working life as a solicitor, first in Norfolk and subsequently in Northumberland, specialising in wills and the administration of estates. Alice is married to Ian and they have 3 children. In spare moments, she enjoys swimming, walking and concert and cinema-going!
Tabitha Muthui (Fundraising and Communications Manager, East Africa)
“My dream is to see girls and women in developing countries empowered to be able to access basic needs like food, housing, education and health.”
Tabitha was born and raised in Kenya where she studied a Bachelor of Science in Information Science degree at Kenyatta University (2006-2010). She also holds a diploma in Information Studies from University of Nairobi (2004-2006).
Whilst studying, Tabitha volunteered and interned for Africa Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) in Kenya, doing communications, fundraising, research and documentation. She then moved to South Sudan in 2009 to work for the organisation full time. Over 6 years, she gained much experience in programme development, communication and advocacy for a variety of projects.
Tabitha’s greatest achievement is initiating the ‘Maridi Girls Boarding Secondary School for Science’ in the Western part of South Sudan. The school now educates more than 200 girls a year.
Besides this Tabitha has one year media services experience with a specialisation in print media publishing from The Standard Media Group, one of the largest media groups in Kenya.
All of this has made Tabitha a great asset to the AID team. As well as communications and fundraising, she also supports AID’s Juba-based programmes such as Manna Microfinance and Sanitation.
Alice Caisley (Fundraising and Communications Manager, UK)
Alice keeps on top of Facebook, Twitter, emails and the website as well as organising fundraising campaigns and events, editing videos, designing literature and many other admin tasks! Before joining AID, she studied twice at Newcastle University; an undergraduate degree in English and French (spending 9 months teaching English on the Francophone island of La Réunion) followed by a Masters in Media and Journalism. She first got a taste for development work by spending 4 months in Uganda on her gap year and the interest grew as she volunteered for a children’s education charity in Newcastle. She loves being a part of AID and is excited about the way it seeks to strengthen the Church and through that, local communities in South Sudan.
Alice works part time for AID and the other half or her time is spent working as David Holloway’s (an AID trustee) assistant at Jesmond Parish Church, Newcastle upon Tyne, managing admin and creating videos for Clayton TV. Alice is married to Peter and when not at work she loves playing for Jesmond netball club.