Neville Jephcote joins our CHIPS Trustees

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“We are delighted to welcome Neville to the CHIPS Board of Trustees.  His knowledge of CHIPS, personal commitment to our theology of peace and his practical business and commercial skills will be invaluable to our team.  We very much enjoyed his participation and contribution at our recent Trustees’ Away Day and look forward to working closely together in future.”  

Julie Finn, Chair of Trustees

We caught up with Neville for a quick Q&A. Welcome, Neville! What prompted you to join the CHIPS board as a trustee?

Thank you, and it is an honour!  My wife Wendy and I have known CHIPS for 12 years now and sung it’s praises to friends and work colleagues. Now that I am about to retire, giving some time to CHIPS seems a good way to spend some of it – I have always been struck by its ideals and the way it punches above its weight. 

We first became aware of CHIPS through past Director Paul Maxwell-Rose (who had gone to school with our daughters) and we have previously helped out a little at events, with fundraising (my wife and I have taken part by walking and cycling to raise money for peace) and on occasion with admin at the Brixton office. Joining the board will be a logical continuation of our support for its peacemaking work. After all, who doesn’t want or pray for world peace? 

What does peacemaking mean to you?

Our Commander in Chief is the Prince of Peace and we do well to follow His example and his mandate to become peacemakers ourselves. By doing so, we can hopefully not only bring this world a little closer to the Kingdom that He desires, but in the process also learn to model a little better His grace to others in our own lives. 

I also have a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology, so the practical outworking of peace initiatives appeals to my own innate belief that God’s love and grace must be put to a practical purpose.

Can you tell us a little about your career background and experience?

I spent about 30 years in the bus industry and another 20 years in community development. I started as a bus conductor before later serving in senior management roles and later on I became involved with community development charities and am currently part of the senior management team with one. 

I’m also active in the local church community, enjoy serving as an itinerant preacher and was a Justice of the Peace for a time! I do not intend to be idle in my retirement, and being able to serve CHIPS will help me to put my time to good use, and I’m sure will be very enjoyable too. 

“CHIPS continues to welcome expressions of interest from other potential trustees to join our excellent Board! We would love to hear from you, particularly if you have experience in charity operations, overseas experience or people management. If you’re interested in potentially joining us, please contact me for an informal discussion!” – Julie