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 some of our team:

Mervyn Thomas, Founder and 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 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 almost 40 years ago. He is married to Wendy, and they have two children. 

Scot Bower, Chief Operating Officer

scot bower

Scot Bower is CSW's Chief Operating Officer. With 15 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.

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 and Public Affairs Team Leader


Kiri leads the Public Affairs team which engages stakeholders in the media, UK and European parliaments and at the United Nations. She is a journalist, political analyst and public speaker who has written for a number of international media outlets and appeared on stations including BBC, Al-Jazeera, Fox News and as a speaker at TEDxEastEnd.



Strategic Leadership Team

Mervyn Thomas, Founder and Chief Executive
Scot Bower, Chief Operating Officer
Adesina Adesanya, Finance Director
Dr Khataza Gondwe, Head of Advocacy
Anna-Lee Stangl, Head of Advocacy
Audrey Skervin, Head of Fundraising
Emma Howlett, Head of Communications
Jane Bave, Head of People and Culture
Dave Mance, Head of Campaigns

Board of Trustees

David Taylor (Chair)
Simon George (Deputy Chair)
Michael Gibbons (Deputy Chair)
Ann-Marie Agyeman
Jael Dharamsingh
Franklin Evans
Michael Gowen
Nigel Grinyer
Christian Guy
Brian Heasley
David Landrum
Hector Mackenzie
Yunusa Nmadu
Bill Rockett

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We believe no one should suffer discrimination, harassment or persecution because of their beliefs