Meet our trustees!

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We’re blessed to have a fantastic group of trustees and following some recent changes, we wanted to introduce them to you… and we also have some opportunities to join them!

Zac Egau

Zac has been a CHIPS trustee for three years and supports the team in making sure we have the necessary funds to do our work.

Zac is a manager in the IT industry implementing and supporting finance systems, and he has four children who keep him young and creative! He is also a talented musician and, when not leading worship at his local church, can often be found helping his kids lead their own worship in Sunday School or helping as a governor at their school where he also oversees finance.

Zac says: “I often find myself in conflict situations, working to bring opposing parties together. The challenge is to fully engage with both parties, putting aside your own preconceptions and taking the time to understand their viewpoint.

We’re so limited as humans and need to draw on the Lord for wisdom and strength. It has been wonderful to see peacemaking worked out to a greater level at CHIPS and the very practical way that the teams go about it.”

Julie Finn

Julie became a trustee in 2018 and Chair in January this year.

Julie has had a long and successful career as a senior HR professional at organisations including Carillion, Boots and the NHS. In 2016 she set up her own business providing interim HR project leadership, consultancy and coaching with a focus on transition and transformation. She describes herself as an ecumenist, having grown up in the Baptist tradition and now an active member of her local Catholic church. She has been a member of CHIPS Guildford support group since 2001.

Julie says: “One of my first experiences of CHIPS was listening to Elfrida explain the Greek words for peace ‘Eiréné’ and ‘Hesychia’.

It opened my eyes to what it means to be a Christian peacemaker – we are called into situations of conflict, where our own strength is insufficient. Our reliance is on Jesus for courage to face conflict, to bear the enmity of each side and to bring His reconciliation and healing.”

Stuart Murray Williams

Stuart has been a trustee for just over three years and brings to CHIPS extensive experience of urban mission, coaching and mentoring as well as involvement in several other charitable trusts.

He is a freelance trainer and consultant, working with churches and mission agencies, including Urban Expression, the Anabaptist Mennonite Network, Urban Life and the Crucible course. He lectures at various theological colleges and has written several books.

Stuart says: “I believe peacemaking is at the heart of the gospel and needs to be practised in many different contexts. For over 35 years, I have been personally drawn to the Anabaptist tradition with its emphasis on Jesus-centred discipleship, justice and peace.

Having been a practitioner of restorative justice and a lecturer for several years, I have welcomed the opportunity to get involved with CHIPS and its unique approach to peacemaking.”

Dee Spurdle

Dee is our newest trustee, joining us in December 2020 with a focus on fundraising – a skillset she puts to great use in her day job as Head of Fundraising at Langley House Trust, a Christian charity that helps ex-offenders, prisoners, and those at risk of offending to live crime-free.

Dee has had a varied career. She began her career as a solider in the British Army, became a family liaison officer supporting the police and has since been supporting charities as a qualified fundraiser for over 15 years.

Dee says: “I believe peacemaking is so important. As human beings, we need to reach out, understand each other and work together. I have had first-hand experience of what it is like to be lost and in need when I became homeless at 15-years-old and, if it wasn’t for people with a heart to serve and reach out, I would not be here today.

I give thanks to God and hope through doing His work we can change minds, hearts and make a difference through our work at CHIPS!”

Opportunities to join our board!

Would you, or someone you know, be interested in joining our trustees? You’ll share responsibility for strategy, policy and governance and have an opportunity to shape our future! We would particularly welcome people with operational experience overseas.

Or are you a secretary looking to put your skills to good use? We’re also looking for an experienced Minutes Secretary to support us. This could be on a standalone basis or as part of a wider trustee role, depending on your preference and experience.

You’ll be a Christian and support CHIPS in prayer and we’ll ask you to commit to an evening board meeting every two to three months and a two-day away day annually, along with preparation (such as reading board papers and contributing to the agenda) and follow up. You may occasionally also provide specialist support to our Director, Andrew, depending on your experience.

To express your interest, please email our Chair of Trustees Julie to arrange an initial conversation. We look forward to hearing from you!