Our team

We’re a small team with a big vision. As lawyers, church leaders, religious freedom advocacy experts, and a talented and creative communications team, we come from many different backgrounds and church traditions. But we work together to achieve incredible results: setting prisoners free, speaking truth to power, and changing the laws that deny millions of people their religious freedom.

Meet a few of our team:

Mervyn Thomas, Chief Executive

mervynA passionate advocate for the right to religious freedom, Mervyn speaks at conferences and churches both in the UK and internationally. He is a member of the World Assemblies of God Religious Freedom Commission, Chairman of the Religious Liberty Partnership (an international network of organisations focused on religious liberty,) and is is a member of the Foreign Office Advisory Group on freedom of religion or belief. Mervyn has been Chief Executive since 1999, and was one of the founding members of CSW over thirty years ago. He is married to Wendy, and they have two children. 

Stuart Windsor, Special Ambassador

stuartStuart Windsor was Christian Solidarity Worldwide's National Director for 19 years and is now CSW’s Special Ambassador. Throughout his time with CSW Stuart has seen our work achieve a high profile for advocacy on religious freedom throughout the world.

Stuart has travelled extensively to countries where Christians and others suffer persecution for their religious beliefs. He has carried out briefings in the US Congress and Senate, given evidence in hearings at the UN High Commission for Refugees and has spoken at the European and UK parliaments. In recent years, his work has involved securing the safety of several Pakistani Christian families who were subject to persecution. Stuart is married to Ethel and they have two children.

Scot Bower, Communications and fundraising director

scot bower

Scot leads the communications, campaigns and fundraising teams at CSW. With fifteen years experience of leading charity communications he is passionate about seeing innovative digital tools used to engage new audiences. 

Scot is married to Misty and, together with their two children, they spent 5 years living and working in Eastern Europe before returning to the UK in 2010.

A rather slow, but enthusiastic, long distance runner you can find Scot running the Surrey hills in his spare time. Scot and Misty are part of the leadership of Emmaus Rd, a growing church in the heart of Guildford. Scot is also the `author of ‘Saints’ published by Lion Hudson.

Rev Joel Edwards, Strategic Advisor

JoelReverend Joel Edwards is CSW’s Strategic Advisor, with specific oversight of our advocacy work, and is undertaking a doctorate exploring the place of religious freedom and human rights as part of the Church's mission. Joel is a freelance broadcaster with the BBC, and a writer and international speaker on a wide range of areas including Bible teaching, justice, leadership, faith response to human rights, religious freedom and current affairs.


adesina adesanya, finance director 

sinaSina Adesanya is a chartered accountant and joined CSW in October 2005 as Finance Director after two decades of experience in Nigeria and Tanzania. He holds a first degree in Chemistry and an MBA.

He and his wife, Moji, spent some time as a missionaries in Tanzania between 2000 and 2002 before moving to South London where he pastors the Redeemed Christian Church of God. They have four daughters.


Kiri Kankhwende, Press Officer

KiriKiri issues press releases, liaises with journalists and monitors CSW’s coverage in the media. She also researches CSW’s show ‘Voice for the Voiceless’ on Premier Radio on Saturday mornings at 11.30am.  A fan of lemon drizzle cake, she also enjoys cycling and gardening.

 

 

Strategic Leadership Team

Mervyn Thomas, Chief Executive
Adesina Adesanya, Finance Director
Bill Lowe, Head of Fundraising
Dr Khataza Gondwe, Team Leader Africa and the Middle East
Rev Joel Edwards, Strategic Advisor 

Board of Trustees

David Taylor (Chair)
Sarah Snyder (Deputy Chair)
Dr Peter Bibawy
Anne Coles
Franklin Evans
Michael Gibbons
Simon George
Nigel Grinyer
Hector Mackenzie
David Shearman
Dr David Landrum
Claire Arthern
Michael Gowen
Paul Gutteridge

Board of Reference

President: Jonathan Aitken
Patron: The Baroness Cox of Queensbury

Shola Ameobi
Sir David Amess MP
Lord Anderson of Swansea
His Grace Bishop Angaelos
Lord Bates of Langbaurgh
The Rev Preb Richard Bewes
The Rev Lyndon Bowring
Viscount Brentford,
Alistair Burt MP
Lord Clarke of Hampstead
Gerald Coates
The Right Revd Chris Cocksworth
The Revd David Coffey
The Revd John Coles (New Wine)
The Right Revd Chris Edmondson
Roger Forster
Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE
Andy Hawthorne
The Right Revd and Right Hon David Hope (KCVO)
Simon Hughes MP
Canon J John
The Right Revd Thomas McMahon (RC Bishop of Brentwood)
The Revd Mark Melluish (New Wine)
The Right Revd Dr Michael Nazir-Ali
The Right Revd Patrick O’Donoghue
The Earl of Powis
Andy Reed
The Rev David Shosanya
The Revd Martin Smyth
The Most Revd Dr John Sentamu (Archbishop of York)
Julián Speroni
Sir Peter Vardy DL
Phil Wall
Paul Weaver
Ian White
Charles Whitehead
Dom Timothy Wright OSB