Phil Manchester

Chair of Trustees

Although a one time tournament chaplain to the Fijian Police Rugby League team, Phil’s first love is Rugby Union which he has played, watched and blogged about. An avid supporter of grass roots sport, he has been involved in schools and youth sport as an athletics coach. He was involved in setting up the athletics arm of a regional, youth sport and community charity and in training coaches. Phil currently encourages the players and families involved in his local rugby club. He is also a trustee of a large faith based charity.

Dave Chawner


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.

David Courteen


Having founded a series of health clubs Dave is now Managing Director of Mosaic Spa and Health Clubs. A former Trustee of Fit Lives, whose chaplaincy in health clubs has been incorporated into SCUK, he provides continuity with that area of our work.

Louise Davis


A Londoner and a Baptist by birth, Louise currently lives in Leicester where she worships at the cathedral. A youth worker by background, sport – predominantly football and cheerleading – played a significant role in her approach to work with young people; taking up her current role of chaplain to Leicester City FC Women in 2019 was in many ways a very natural progression from this! Louise has been part of the team at the Arthur Rank Centre, the national organisation for the rural church, since 2016. In her current role she is responsible for developing training for those involved in leading rural churches. She’s particularly passionate about developing of the leadership of lay people and women, and completed an MA in Christian Leadership in 2017.

Bob Hamer


Bob Hamer has been a Trustee of Sports Chaplaincy UK since 2010. His background is professional football as a Premier League and Football League Referee from 1977 to 1993 and as a Referee Assessor with the Premier League, Football League and the Football Association from 1993 to date.

James Lusted

James Lusted

James Lusted is an actor who became a local councillor in May 2017. He has worked as both an actor and a TV presenter for 10 years.His theatre work includes Follow Me for Theatre Brycheiniog and The Funfair at HOME theatre in Manchester. In television, James recently appeared as a Nurse on the BBC’s 4 O’clock Club and in various documentaries including, Myself, Born Small and Big Love. He can currently be seen as a guest presenter on BBC1’s Songs of Praise. James lives in North Wales with his wife Chloe and baby daughter Olivia and is a committed Christian and is part of the Festival Church Chester Team as a the Next Generation Pastor. He is delighted to have been appointed as Sports Chaplaincy UK Ambassador.

Dean Thorpe

Trustee & Treasurer

Dean joined the financial services industry straight from college, beginning his career at Scottish Amicable ( now part of Prudential). He then joined his father’s insurance brokerage before going into business himself in 1999, Dean is CEO of Charles James Financial Planning. He has been Treasurer of the Yorkshire Baptist Association since 2015 and also serves on the Baptist Pension Scheme Investment Committee & Employer’s Group. Dean is a keen footballer player/manager of an O35s veterans team in Sheffield and coaches his youngest’s junior football team.

Rebecca Townsend


Rebecca is a Solicitor, having qualified in 1999. She has specialised for the majority of her career in Employment law, with a particular interest in discrimination claims. She is a Partner at Rebian Solicitors, based in Leeds, who work with and support a number of Charitable organisations. Although once a keen hockey player, now her sporting interests are usually on the side lines watching her son play Rugby Union.

Anne Wafula-Strike


Anne, a former Paralympic wheelchair racer for both Kenya and Team GB, has more recently concentrated on charity work around disability being awarded the MBE in 2014. She is a Non-Executive Director of British Athletics.

Rob Wilson


Rob became a Trustee of Sports Chaplain UK in 2019. Based in Peebles in the Scottish Borders, Rob represents the interests of Scotland on the main UK Board. He has been a chaplain at Vale of Leithen FC in the Scottish Lowland League since 2017.