David Courteen

Chair of Trustees

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.

Daniel Caldwell


Daniel Caldwell has been the senior leader of Sligo City Church since 2014 a role he combines with his job as chaplain on the Mayo campus of the Atlantic Technological University. In addition to leading and planting churches in Ireland Daniel has served on the national council of Assemblies of God Ireland and also on the leadership team of Elim Ministries Ireland.
His interest in sport includes five years as chairperson of Castlebar Town Football Club, ten years as a Gaelic football umpire, eight years in management of the college ladies Gaelic football team and more recently he was elected as chairperson of the HEC Ladies Gaelic Football Association.

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

Trustee and Safeguarding Lead

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.