Chief Executive Officer – National Director
Warren became CEO early in 2015 and has recently gain a Masters in Sports Chaplaincy. A skilful and resourceful leader who values individuals and loves to see them succeed, he is not just passionate about what we do but how and why we do it. Warren was Chaplain for the Bradford Bulls and Pastoral Director to the Rugby Football League. Warren is happily married to Juliet and they have three great boys.
Chaplaincy Support Director for Horse Racing
Simon was appointed Chaplain to horse racing in August 2014 carrying on the good work started by the Rev Graham Locking. Based in Newmarket but with a remit to establish pastoral care teams throughout racing industry towns in the UK. Born in Stoke on Trent, married to Lesley. They have two daughters, Sarah and Laura.
A keen Stoke City FC supporter and brother of former Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and England batsman Rob Bailey, now a first class umpire.
Pastoral Support Director in English Football
Matt is the Pastoral Support Director in English Football a post he took up in November 2009, which is supported by the Premier League, Professional Footballers Association and the English Football League.
Sally has worked for the charity for nearly ten years and has been the Administrator for the last three years. She has an office in The Avenue Methodist Church, Sale Cheshire and works there on a part time basis. She is the first point of call for enquiries to Sports Chaplaincy and liaises with the trustees, staff and chaplains. Her background is in secretarial, sales and marketing.
Gill has a proven track record of working at a senior level in a safeguarding consultancy & training capacity for over a decade at a national and international level of delivering and facilitating effective and challenging change improvements around the safeguarding of children. She has extensive knowledge, skills and experience of assisting organisations to improve their services to children at grassroots level, nationally and internationally in a way that supports quality improvements and benefits for each organisation and key stakeholders.
Rugby Union Consultant
Dave started as a local club chaplain for London Wasps, his ministry soon expanded at Sports chaplaincy UK developing chaplaincy within Rugby Union. in February 2007 He left the local pastorate to become full time Pastoral Director for Rugby Union. In 2011 Dave co-managed the chaplaincy programme at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Dave & Lillias celebrated 40 years of marriage in 2009 and have a son and a daughter.
Director of Scottish Football
His remit is to develop the work of Sports Chaplaincy in Scottish football, encourage chaplaincy and give oversight, support and encouragement to all Scottish football chaplains. It is largely a pioneer ministry as football chaplaincy has previously not been a common concept within the Scottish game. Mark doesn’t cold-call clubs but follows up existing contacts he has within the game through his 9 year tenure as chaplain to Partick Thistle FC.
International Development Director
With three years’ experience as Leicester City Chaplain and 10 years’ experience as a business entrepreneur, Richard took the post as CEO in early 2012 for a 3 year tenure. Richard completed a Masters in Sports Chaplaincy where he researched the impact chaplains and psychologists have in the Premiership, Richard’s vision is to see and support sports chaplaincy expand in UK and beyond with consistency and excellence.
Pastoral Director for Sheffield Sports Chaplaincy
Baz is married to Linda and together they lead a church they planted in 1996. Baz has been Chaplain of Sheffield Eagles Rugby League club since 2010, and is currently interim Chaplain for Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. He oversees Sheffield Sports Chaplaincy, a team of chaplains in various professional and amateur clubs and sporting organisations. He has an MA in Evangelism Studies and is currently studying for a MA in Sports Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care at Gloucester Uni. Baz is also an artist, author and occasionally tries his hand at stand-up comedy. He loves to play golf when he can but usually spends more time looking for his ball than hitting it!
Pastoral Support Co-ordinator for Rugby League
Antonio Hall has taken on the role of pastoral support co-ordinator for Rugby League. Since January 2016 he has performed the role of chaplain for all match officials at the Rugby Football League. Prior to this he spent three seasons as chaplain for Featherstone Rovers RLFC where he provided pastoral care and support to players, coaching team, staff and supporters of the club. He is a retired train driver and is now studying for an MA in sports chaplaincy at Gloucestershire university.
Disability Sports Wales
Dave along with Heather Lewis was appointed one of the Sports Chaplains to support all those involved with Disability Sports Wales in 2013. Unlike most chaplains, they cover a number of different sports that are based at all sorts of different locations as well as the DSW head office staff based in the National Sports Centre by the River Taff in the centre of Cardiff. In August 2014,he was part of the chaplaincy team brought together for the European Paralympic Athletics Championships which were held in Swansea. He was also an Olympic Gamesmaker in London back in 2012.
When not being a Sports Chaplain, he’s normally a Baptist Minister and has been for over 20 years, working in churches in Essex, Devon and, since 2010, in Cardiff.
Chaplaincy Support Director for Welsh Sport
Steve lives in Neath, South Wales where for the last 9 years he has been the minister of Ainon Baptist Church. For the past 4 seasons he has been volunteer Sports Chaplain to the Ospreys Rugby Academy in South Wales.
Angy has been chaplain to Reading Women’s football team since July 2014. One year later she began to serve the Wales women’s Under 17, Under 19 and 1st teams in a chaplaincy role. She also works at Bucks New University as part of the chaplaincy team with specific responsibility for all involved in sport. . Having spent much of her life either playing or teaching sport Angy is now studying for an MA in Sports Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care at Gloucester University and her desire is to help develop chaplaincy within women’s football in England.
Heather is married to Martin (chaplain to Cardiff Blues)and lives in Dinas Powys on the outskirts of Cardiff and attend Highfields Church, Cardiff.
Heather is Chaplain for Disability Sports which has been an immense pleasure and privilege for her getting to know not only other Chaplains with a passion, but getting to know Athletes of all ages and sports, by coming along side them, talking to them and finding out more about them as a person, being able to help in some small way in life’s ups and downs but being able to share about why she’s there taking an interest in them. This also goes for the Trainers, Coaches, Physio’s, Background Staff, Family and Friends supporting the Athletes..
Chaplain to Cardiff Blues
Martin played rugby union at top level in Wales for 12 years and is married to Heather (chaplain to Disability Sport Wales). Martin was honoured to become Chaplain to the Blues just over 6 years ago starting with the Academy but now also Chaplain to the Seniors and whole club. He was selected for 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand where he chaplained Namibia – a wonderful experience! Martin is thrilled to be able to play a small part in developing SCUK across Wales where God is doing amazing things.
Pastoral Director for South West Sports Chaplaincy
Nigel is married to Sarah who has for 30 years persevered Nigel’s love of all sport! Nigel has been Chaplain of Sheffield Utd and was a part of the Sheffield Sports Chaplaincy. He is a Baptist Minister and has pastored churches in Cambridge, Dronfield and a multi-cultural church in Sheffield. He is currently Regional Minister for Ministry for the South West Baptist Association, helping to support over 90 churches in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall (and one church in Dorset!). He has a love for football, rugby and cricket.
Chaplain to Bolton Wanderers FC & Conference Coordinator
Phil is chaplain to Bolton Wanderers Football Club and Head of Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, a gifted leader, communicator and always a helpful port of call.
Public Relations and Media Officer
Adam joined the SCUK team in March 2016 helping the press and communication
aspect of the work.
Adam is a Communications and Media Consultant, with over 10 years experience of liaising with a range of media outlets and speaking as a social affairs commentator in his own right. In the past, Adam has worked for a national Christian charity as its Development Director and served on a working group advising the Government on issues of faith engagement.
Adam is passionate about seeing Christian organisation not simply responding to the news, but making it with great news stories!
Co-Chaplaincy Support Director for Northern Ireland Sport
Keith Mitchell commonly known as “Mitch”. Mitch is a great communicator and co-founder of Crown Jesus Ministries. Having served over sixteen years with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, he stepped into full-time ministry in 2011. Mitch is a popular speaker and author, his energy, wit, honesty and passion allow him to communicate in a relevant way to today’s society. Mitch is the author of ‘Snatched from the Fire’ (IVP). He also writes for a number of leading Christian magazines in Ireland, as well as the Ulster Tatler. A member of Fire Fighters for Christ, Ambassador for Compassion UK, Regional Development manager for ROC and an associate of J. John and Philo Trust. He is currently studying for a Masters in Theology. He is married to Amanda and they have two children, two fish (at last count), two hamsters, two chickens and a dog… life is a zoo! He loves curries, cycling and lazy days in France. You can find him on twitter, Facebook and Instagram as MitchBelfast.
Co-Chaplaincy Support Director for Northern Ireland Sport
Phil Mitchell is a retired football player and committed Christian, having been a professional/semi-professional player for fourteen years. Phil is a well known and respected in sporting circles in Northern Ireland having played for Linfield ,Glentoran ,Portadown ,Distillery and Ipswich Town. Phil is a European A Licensed Coach and has coached in Boston U.S.A, where he was Premier Director at Global Premier Soccer for 2 years. He also spent 15 years heading up sales and sports marketing for Umbro in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Since returning he is now has a Sports Consultancy business working across the spectrum of Recruitment and International projects for Global Premier Soccer , Player Liaison for Global Premier Management , Sports Education facilitator for Seaview Enterprises ,Coach education for the Irish FA , Radio summariser for BBC Sportsound NI and Coaching within Irish Premiership Academies., amongst others.
Pastoral Director for Lower League
Ian has been based in the Surrey area for many years and has been the Chaplain of Woking FC since 2008; he is now also a Club Director. Ian was formerly the leader of Guildford Community Church and also founded a community charity, The Matrix Trust which has developed to include many schools, youth, community and chaplaincy initiatives.
In addition to his work at Woking, Ian helps to oversee the development of positive chaplaincy work in clubs outside the Football League. Ian is also the European Director of 24-7 Prayer, a Guildford based charity which works with churches and youth movements in over 130 nations. He is married to Jackie, who is a nurse consultant and they have three children who are dotted around the country.
Watford United Chaplain – Audio Visual
Clive Ross is chaplain to Watford Football Club for eight years and is MD for Visaud Ltd, he has provided all of the technical audio and visual support for conference which we are truly grateful for.
Carolyn runs Third Space Ministries, a charity focussed on demonstrating God’s love in the ‘third spaces’ of society ie the leisure industry. She has been an Events Chaplain with Sports Chaplaincy UK since 2007 and has served at Royal Ascot in 2007, Winter Paralympics 2010, Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010, Olympics and Paralympics 2012, Commonwealth Games 2014. She also runs ‘Love All, Serve All’, an annual outreach with the Wimbledon tennis queues, as well as being a chaplain at her local gym.
When not involved in Third Space Ministries, Carolyn can often be found going for a run, drinking coffee with friends, or sitting in the sun!
Chaplaincy Support Director in Scottish Sport
Born in Nigeria & raised in Largs, Scotland, he banked in Greenock, has studied in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Vancouver & Melbourne, volunteered in Israel & ministered in Glasgow. Happily married, with a grown up family of 3, he was chaplain to Kilmarnock FC for 10 years & has a Certificate in Sports’ Chaplaincy (Gloucestershire University). An international chaplain to the Delhi 2010’s Athletes’ Village (Commonwealth Games / CWG), and involved in London 2012 (Olympics & Paralympics) & Glasgow 2014 (CWG), Neil is keen to see sports chaplaincy’s popularity in Scottish football overflow into others sports and sports clubs throughout Scotland (amateur & professional).
Pastoral Support Consultant
After studying for 4 years at the University of Edinburgh and graduating with a BSc Hons Sports Management Degree, Christian then worked as an academy coach with Heart of Midlothian FC for a season.
Pastoral Co-ordinator for Cricket
Max was ordained in the Anglican Church in 1964 and has always been in the diocese of Bradford.
Cricket has always been his first sport and he played club cricket up until his early 40s. In his teens he was a Yorkshire Cricket Colt. In 2003 he was appointed Club Chaplain at Yorkshire County Cricket Club where he still serves.
He has always been very involved in Sports Chaplaincy UK and has now taken on the pastoral co-ordinator role for cricket.