Governor Profiles 

Karen MKaren Martindale is the Administrator and Company Secretary of the Heart of England Baptist Association having joined the staff of the Association as Secretary/PA in 1989.  Prior to that she worked in the voluntary sector (housing, care of offenders and those at risk of offending) after graduating from the University of London.  She has served as trustee of a variety of charities including an arts charity and an eco-activity centre, and as a School Governor.  She is currently a deacon at New Life Baptist Church, Birmingham and is a Director of the Baptist Union Corporation.

Ian GeereIan Geere has a background in both Chartered Accountancy and Baptist Ministry, seemingly unrelated and yet often overlapping. He graduated from Northern Baptist College in 2011 and has served on the governing bodies of several organisations, including NBC. He currently works with the Mennonite Trust and maintains links with the Anabaptist Network and Urban Expression. Having lived in various parts of the UK, Ian is now based in Manchester with his family, and revelling in his new-found part-time status. In his spare time, he is trying to work out what the future holds for Christianity and it’s expression beyond traditional church.

Angela WrightAngela Wright is currently an active  member of Conisbrough Baptist Church, where she has worshipped for approx.. 11 years.  Her day job is as Community development and Wellbeing coordinator at Northern Adult Residential college, Barnsley.  Her main passion in her work is teaching for a social purpose and enabling individuals to be the best that they can be, in all that they do.   She also loves walking on beaches and cooking nice food.

Chris Upton Chris Uptonis the minister of West Lane Baptist Church, Haworth.  He trained at NBC and was placed at Haworth as a student and has never left!
Chris grew up in the South of England and came to faith as a teenager.  This faith has constantly grown and changed from a very organised conservative evangelical beginning into the progressive mess that it now is. He has MA in Religion and Public life and is currently studying for a D.Prof in Practical Theology looking into the closure of churches.  He serves the Yorkshire Baptist Association as chair of their Ministry group.
Apart from theology, Chris enjoys cycling, playing cards and runs the local cinema.

Gary Serra Di MigniFollowing a career in management development, Gary Serra Di Migni has been an accredited Baptist Minister since 2003.  In 2010, he pioneered Church Without Walls (CWW) Baptist Church, a fresh expression of church in Manchester.  Currently Co-Minister of CWW, Gary is also a chaplain to Greater Manchester Police and to Asda Longsight.  he has an active commitment to ministerial formation: having served as an open learning tutor for Spurgeon's College, and having mentored students on placement in CWW, he currently serves as a placement tutor for the Nazarene Theological College, Didsbury.

Graham EnsorRevd Graham Ensor BA (Hons) MSc is an accredited minister of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. His present role is in the Yorkshire Baptist Association where he has served as Regional Minister Team Leader since 2012.
Graham studied with London Bible College in the early 1990’s and was in ministry at Upton Vale Baptist Church, Torquay until 1999. A move north in 1999 took Graham into hospital chaplaincy in Sheffield until 2004, when he moved further north and answered the call to Guiseley Baptist Church. Graham was senior minister at Guiseley until he was called to serve in the YBA.
In addition to ministry roles, Graham has also served the wider Baptist family in various ways including time as a member of BU Council and being a trustee of BUGB.
Graham lives in Guiseley, near Leeds with wife Su and their two grown up children.

Jacquie Osmund-SmithJacquie Osmund-Smith is retired from her previous career as Deputy Head Teacher. She is Chair of Telford Christians Together and has a strong belief in churches working together. She enjoys working on HEBA and national Ministerial Recognition Committees and is interested in sector/pioneering ministries and exploring alternative ways of church. She is married to a Baptist minister – they have two daughters and four grandchildren. She enjoys walking and listening to music.

Tim PresswoodTim Presswood is Transitional Regional Minister with the North Western Baptist Association. He took up this post in January 2014 after being minister of Openshaw Baptist Tabernacle for 21 years. He continues to live in Openshaw where he is a team leader with Urban Expression Openshaw.
Tim has held a number of community roles in East Manchester. He has held senior roles within the NHS in Greater Manchester, including chairing North Manchester Primary Care Trust and Clinical Commissioning Group. He was also Chair of Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Tim chaired the East Manchester Regeneration Partnerships.
For 20 years Tim was on the board of Manchester Credit Union as either Treasurer or Chair building it from 85 members to over 20,000. He has an interest in alternative economic solutions. Tim is also a poet and liturgical writer and writes extensively with Clare McBeath.

Wayne ClarkeWayne Clarke has been a Baptist Minister in the north of England since leaving Regent’s Park College in 1988, serving in Hartlepool, Liverpool, Huddersfield and from January 2018, in Manchester. In that time he has been a specialist youth minister, he has worked for an evangelism training agency, and for eleven years he was a presenter and producer in BBC Local Radio where he won national awards for religious broadcasting. Wayne is committed to communicating faith in the media and to building church across divides of race, culture, gender and age.


Cath Elliott, 15/11/2017