The CHIPS story begins with the life of an extraordinary man – our founder Roy Calvocoressi.

As a barrister – and devout Christian – Roy was frustrated by the law’s insistence that one side must always be ‘innocent’ and another ‘guilty’ – with little regard for the subtleties of conflict, or its many root causes. His reflections led him to Cyprus, where he gathered a team to work in the heart of the conflict in the 1960s.

That was the first CHIPS project. Now, over 50 years later, CHIPS has run projects across the world in countries such as Northern Ireland, the Philippines and Uganda. And while Roy is sadly no longer with us, his work lives on – led by our Director, Paul Maxwell-Rose, and supported by the Calvocoressi family.

True to our roots, we remain committed to reconciling communities and striving for peace.

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We have an incredible team of staff and volunteers who make our peacemaking work possible.

Our small office team are based in Brixton. They work hard to enable the peacemaking done by our project teams in Brixton and Ghana.

Staff - Elfrida Calvocoressi

Elfrida Calvocoressi
Chair of Trustees
A former senior nursing officer and midwife, Elfrida has been involved in peacemaking for over 40 years and has supported CHIPS since 1974 when she met and married its founder, Roy Calvocoressi. She had a particularly close involvement with our project in Uganda, visiting for a month most years to share life with the CHIPS team in their remote locations. 

Elfrida has a rich experience of charitable organisations and was a trustee, for 21 years, of the Langley House Trust, which enables ex-offenders to live crime-free. A regular lay preacher in her local benefice and an active grandmother of four, Elfrida remains a passionate student of bible study. 

In 2015 she wrote A Spirituality of Peacemaking (Grove, 2015), outlining CHIPS’ distinctive biblical, practical, grassroots approach to peacemaking.

Andrew Jackson
Co-Director (Development)
Andrew joined CHIPS in July 2018. Qualified as a lawyer, he has worked as a solicitor in both private practice and in industry with an international building materials group. Prior to joining CHIPS Andrew was Director of Social Justice at Kerith Community Church in Bracknell, Berkshire, where he grew and developed the church’s social action initiatives and partnerships with national charities – including a major development project in Zambia with Tearfund.

Andrew is married to Janine and they have three young adult children.

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Staff - Paul Maxwell-Rose

Paul Maxwell-Rose
Co-Director (Programmes)
Paul has been a Director of CHIPS since 2012. After graduating with a Maths degree from Cambridge University he worked for various UK charities and as a consultant in Belgium. He then trained with CHIPS in the UK and Uganda, before moving to Ghana for three years in 2009 to start a new CHIPS project. 

He and his wife Katherine live in Brixton, South London, as part of the CHIPS Brixton team. 

Staff - Desmond Mpabe

Desmond Mpabe
Ghana Team Leader
Desmond joined the Ghana team at its inception in 2011, and has led the team since 2012. He grew up near to where the project is based so has first-hand experience of the conflict from his childhood. He is an experienced community worker and project manager, educated to Diploma level at Accra Polytechnic. 

Desmond lives at the CHIPS Ghana base with his wife and three children and is a Youth Leader for the local Catholic Diocese.