IAN MACKIE FOUNDER
Ian Mackie founded United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) in the 1980’s. He moved his young family to the UK from New Zealand to found and subsequently build the UK’s first Christian Radio station. Ian has a passion to see people come into a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and become disciples. He has travelled the world advising and assisting others in their quest to establish Christian radio in their own countries. Having been UCBs Chief Executive for many years he passed on the baton so that he and a team of media experts can continue to expand God's Kingdom through mass media around the globe.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
ALAN SCOTLAND CHAIRMAN
Alan is a former student of Trinity School of Ministry (when it was based in Swansea and known as the Bible College of Wales). He and his wife, Betty, have been in ministry for over 35 years, travelling extensively throughout the UK and into Africa, USA, South America, China, Hong Kong, India and Europe. Alan and Betty founded Lifelink International which comprises an international group of churches and ministries.
DAVID EDWARDS TRUSTEE
Rev David Edwards currently serves with his wife Linda, as a full time pastor at the New Testament Church of God in Crewe, Cheshire. He also gives pastoral support to both academic staff and students as the Chaplain at Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire (MMUC). He has worked for many years in various management roles within Local government Department of Children and Families Services and as a Trainer/ NVQ Assessor for Health & Social Care Staff.
NEIL ELLIOTT TRUSTEE
Neil moved to the UK in 2008 to take up the role of Head of UCBTV and later the role of Broadcasting Director. Prior to this he helped pioneer the Australian Christian Channel and held the role of its General manager for the first 10 years of its operation. Before Christian Media, Neil was a Primary School teacher and then managed a number of distance education projects for the Victorian Government. Neil returned to Australia in 2014 but continues to work one day a week on special projects.
SIMON MCCROSSAN TRUSTEE
Simon McCrossan is a barrister with specialisms in employment, personal injury and civil litigation. He holds a specialist LL.M in employment law and is focused upon cases of religious and wider civil liberties. Previously, he was Head of Public Policy for the Evangelical Alliance UK and before he was called to the Bar, Simon worked as a teacher in secondary education (11-18). Moreover, he is also an experienced law lecturer having tutored both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Simon has contributed towards “Christianity in the Workplace: An Employer’s Guide to Christian Beliefs” and is a contributing author to: “Speak Up: a Guide to the Law and Your Gospel Freedoms” that was welcomed in parliament by the then Prime Minister Theresa May, as highlighting ‘the jealously guarded principle of the ability to speak freely, respectfully and responsibly about one’s religion’.
DIANA STACEY TRUSTEE
Diana Stacey, who has been pastoring since 1981, is a graduate of Rhema Bible Training Centre USA. Diana has been pastoring for over 30 years and is currently the Pastor of Grace Family Church in Liverpool.
DAVID L’HERROUX CHIEF EXECUTIVE
David started his career as a cleaner/porter in a well-known retail Chain. Building a career based on biblical principles, David moved up rapidly and eventually ended up in the boardroom as he became the head of the discount chain division in 1996 for the same retailer. In 1997 with his wife Jackie, founded OneHope in the UK. David stepped out of the retail world in 2001 to become full time National Director for OneHope and in 2004 he joined UCB as a Trustee. It was in 2007 that David moved onto staff as Executive Director and has now transitioned into the role of Chief Executive, he is also the Europe Regional Director for UCB Affiliates. David counts it as a privilege to serve as a member of the Evangelical Alliance Council since 2015. For over 30 years David has served as part of the Leadership Team in his local Church “Bethel”.
SHERON FERGUSON COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
As a consultant, licenced trainer and assessor with the Institute of Fundraising and the Directory of Social Change (DSC), Sheron became a national trainer of the professionally accredited Certificate in Fundraising Management and lead trainer for the IoF’s Special Interest Group FICO (Fundraisers in Christian Organisations). Sheron joined UCB in January 2010 as Director of Development bringing with her a wealth of experience from the media, commercial and voluntary sectors. As Director of Communications at UCB, Sheron is responsible for leading the Communications Team (supported by the rest of the organisation) in sharing God’s vision for UCB and inviting our listeners, viewers and readers to support our mission.
ALISON MACPHERSON OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
With 25 years’ experience of working in a hospitality sector FTSE 100, Alison has experience of working across many businesses, and in a number of different capacities. Alison started working in Operations from 1st of January 2016 having joined UCB, initially as a volunteer in Autumn 2013, and then on contract in the Development team. Her past experience can be applied to the wide and varied responsibilities of Operations: Facilities & Hospitality, Prayerline and Supporter Care & Mail.
IAN DE SOYZA TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Ian joined UCB UK in 2014 as Technology Director after having worked in IT and IT Management for almost 30 years. Over his career he has worked for NEC, the Police service, TNT International, IBM UK, Waterford-Wedgwood, and Rolls Royce Aero-Engines working in multiple business areas including Accounting, Retail, Sales, Manufacturing, Logistics, HR, mobile technologies and Crime & Intelligence systems. Ian started in the IT industry as an applications developer, before successively moving onto database design, account and project management and systems solutions design. His specialisms are also in contract management and systems procurement.
RICHARD WILLOUGHBY COMPANY SECRETARY
Richard qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988 and spent much of his career working for KPMG. In 1991 he began his own consultancy business and acted for a wide range of SME’s across a number of sectors, producing management accounts, financial forecasts, and related financial and management information. Richard began working for UCB in 2000. As well as being Company Secretary, he oversees the work of Health and Safety, HR and Learning and Development within the organisation. Richard works closely with David and the board of trustees on all legal and financial matters.