CTfC is governed by a board of Trustees. The organisation is managed on a day to day by a part-time director who works from home and is mobile across Cumbria.
Bryan Gray (Chairman)
Bryan Gray is Chairman of Westmorland Limited which operates Tebay Motorway Services and the Rheged Centre. He is ProChancellor of Lancaster University, Chairman of the Cumbria County History Trust, Chairman of the Lowther Castle and Gardens Trust and a member of the the Lake District National Park Authority. He is also a trustee of National Museums Liverpool and a member of the Advisory Board of the National Railway Museum.
Bryan was Chairman of the North West Regional Development Agency until 2009 and recently retired as Chairman of Peel Media, the company responsible for MediaCityUK. He is a Reader in the Diocese of Carlisle and was awarded an MBE , and subsequently a CBE, for services to regeneration.
Claire moved up to the South Lakes 30 years ago, after a short career in the City as an investment adviser. Besides family commitments, she has since been involved as a volunteer working with various organisations in health, higher education, a grant-giving Trust and a charity for disabled and disadvantaged young people. She is also currently Treasurer of her local Parochial Church Council, a Trustee of Carlisle Cathedral’s Development Trust and on the Financial Advisory Committee to the Cathedral Chapter.
Richard is the Archdeacon of West Cumberland, part of the Anglican Diocese of Carlisle. He is responsible to the Bishop for about 50 clergy and 100 parishes in the west of Cumbria; he holds responsibility for Social Responsibility, Industrial Chaplains and Hospital Chaplains; and he also acts as Press Officer for the Diocese.
Richard is married to Diane (a primary school teacher) and they have three sons. Before ordination he was a mathematician and computer programmer/systems analyst.
Jim Irving is a retired Police Superintendent and Management Consultant who is now the District Property Secretary for the Cumbria Methodist District. He was the co-chair of a National Methodist Working Group dealing with the introduction of "Consent Giving", a project designed to computerise the administration of Building Schemes in the Methodist Connexion.
Jim is also active in the administration of Penrith Methodist Church where he is a member. Formerly, the North West and North Wales Regional Secretary of the British Association of Public Safety Communications Officers, he is now a life member of BAPCO.
Peter has held leadership roles in the public sector as Chief Executive of Cumbria County Council and Carlisle City Council. His early career was in leisure, tourism and the environment. He has worked in Bolton, Lancashire, Kensington and Chelsea, Oxford, Blackpool and Aylesbury and has a track record of articulating strategic vision, direction and strategy and ensuring it is put in place.
Peter is vice chair of Carlisle Youth Zone and a main board member of Sport England.
Clare Walker - Chief Executive, National Churches Trust
Matthew Seward – Deputy Chief Executive, National Churches Trust
Rosi Lister - Churches Conservation Trust
John Devine – Churches Officer for the North West
Nigel Robson, Director (0.2 fte)
Responsible for strategic direction of CTfC, liaison with the churches in Cumbria of all denominations, facilitating strategic partnerships and volunteer recruitment. Contact:
Jemma Metcalfe-Gibson, Historic Buildings Support Officer (full time)
Responsible for project support and development of church projects across the County per year. We have selected historic churches/faith buildings and their communities which will most benefit from her intensive support to secure urgent repairs; implement maintenance plans and expand the use of the buildings for their communities. Contact: