TCC's Board of Trustees

Chair - Rev Dr Jennie Hurd

Jennie is a presbyteral minister of the Methodist Church. She was ordained in 1995 and is currently serving as Chair of the Cymru Synod of the Methodist Church in Wales. 


Originally from East Yorkshire, Jennie served in Wales previously from 1999 - 2004, during which time she was involved with TCC.  She has completed a PhD in Practical Theology at the University of Birmingham.

Jennie is a Welsh speaker.

Nia Higginbotham

Nia originally trained as a social worker, becoming team leader and manager in residential and fieldwork settings in both statutory and voluntary organisations in Scotland and Northern Ireland.  She has also worked in community work and church settings in Wales. 


She founded TCC as the first Community Organising charity in Wales, bringing together a range of faith and secular groups, building a programme of action and training, to develop leaders able to translate their beliefs into community change. TCC is the oldest surviving Community Organising group in the UK. 

Nia has also taught in university, college, distance learning and community settings, and continues to be involved with a range of voluntary organisations in her retirement. 

Nia is a Welsh Speaker.

Bill Long

Bill is originally from Wrexham and is currently the English & Literacy Co-ordinator at St. Christopher's School.


Bill got into teaching by studying for a BSc in Computer Science at Bangor University and eventually completing a PGCE for Secondary Schools at Liverpool Hope University.  Bill has worked in St. Christopher's for nearly 6 years and for most of this time has been involved with TCC on a number of projects. 


In Bill's spare time he trains and competes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is also an avid Wrexham and Wales football fan.

Melanie Sinclair

Melanie is actively involved with Transition Holywell & District as well as the social enterprise, West Flintshire Community Enterprises.


Melanie has worked in a variety of different sectors from social work and education to corporate company management and consulting.  Melanie has set up her own company focusing on people development consulting, executive coaching and mentoring, and teaching Mindfulness courses. 


Melanie has always been active on environmental matters as well as on social justice issues and is keen to get involved in campaigns which support a better world for all of us as per the aims of the Transition Network. Having worked in the corporate world for many years as a senior manager and management consultant Melanie is keen to use her skills within the local area to support community development and organisations.


Vice chair - Dr Farookh Jishi FRCP (UK) 

Farookh is a retired consultant physician, and specialist in acute medicine. He qualifed in India and practiced at Wrexham Maelor Hospital for over 30 years. 


Farookh is a member of the British Medical Association Welsh Council, and a trustee of Wrexham Islamic Cultural Centre. 


Farookh is a Manchester United supporter. 

Alison Williams

Alison is Purchasing Compliance UK Manager at a Global Steel Manufacturing Company, based in Deesside, Flintshire. With more than 20 years commercial experience in Purchasing, Export Sales & Marketing, she is currently charged with providing leadership in designing, deploying and embedding strategic processes relating to compliance with Corporate Policies & external Regulatory requirements, Continuous improvement of operational processes and providing commercial support & review of Commercial Terms to ensure minimal business risk. 


She is an active Church Warden and Treasurer for St Mary’s Church in Llanfair D.C, Ruthin and a member of the St Asaph Diocesan Engagement Steering Group looking to address numerous current social issues. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and family activities. 

Rev. Anna Jane Evans

Anna Jane worked as a youth and community worker with the Presbyterian Church of Wales in Caernarfon before joining Christian Aid as the North Wales Regional Co-ordinator in 2002.  It was then that her link with TCC began, in working together with the North Wales Fair Trade groups and TCC to get Wales Fair Trade Nation status.  Anna Jane attended TCC training and became hooked! 

During an overseas trip to see Christian Aid’s work in the Philippines Anna Jane saw the effectiveness of community organising and is proud to be a TCC trustee, promoting the work across North Wales and raising the voice of community groups striving for justice across a range of issues. 


As a Regional Co-ordinator with Christian Aid, Anna Jane is responsible for promoting political campaigns and community fundraising across North Wales with local volunteers and church leaders.  Anna Jane feels there is scope to strengthen our working together and looks forward to doing so. 

Anna Jane is a Welsh Speaker.

Maria Rimmer

Resident in North Wales for some 20 years now, Maria comes from a Catholic background and has been involved in Secondary Education throughout her 30 year career to date. She was until recently Headteacher at St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School in Wrexham, and prior to this was an Executive Headteacher across two high schools in Merseyside.  Maria represents school leaders on a number of bodies, including the Executive of the Catholic Association for Teachers Schools and Colleges; as an elected representative on the National Council of the Association of School and College Leaders, and is also an elected representative on their Cymru Council.  Maria is an active member of the Faith School Leaders’ Association (Wales), and the Anglican Association for Academy and Secondary School Headteachers and, as a Ruthin parishioner, is a member of the Diocese of Wrexham’s Commission for the Ongoing Formation of the Clergy.  

Ann Owen

Ann’s background is grounded equally in the Church in Wales and education, being on the one hand the daughter and wife of Anglican priests and on the other hand, professionally, a teacher.  For many years Ann was Head of English at Castell Alun High School, Hope, and for the final ten years of her career an Assistant Head at that school. In her retirement, Ann was for a period the accompanist for the Brymbo Male Choir, and continues to be a Governor of St Giles’ VC Church in Wales Primary School.  For the last four years Ann has been the Administrator for St Giles’ Parish Church and also for the Wrexham Mission Area.   


Ann has been a member and supporter of TCC for several years, particularly involved in the issues regarding the Living Wage, the accommodating of refugees, and Patient Complaints with the Betsi Cadwalader Health Board.  Ann admires the methodology and the tenacity of TCC in all matters relating to social justice, and feels privileged to be a member of the Board of Trustees.

Ann is a Welsh speaker.

John Gallanders

John is Chief Officer of AVOW (Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham) and has considerable experience of working at all levels of community work and charities, having qualified in Birmingham and worked in the Gloucester area before returning to Wrexham to take over the family business in Rhostyllen. John has a broad range of skills that have helped many charities with their Governance, finances, business planning community engagement and strategic planning meetings with Public Service partners. Having been a Trustee on a number of charities he has first-hand experience of the issues and challenges faced by organisations.  John has a particular interest in Health and Social Care and a is Lay Reviewer with Health Inspectorate Wales, Health and Care Research Wales and Public Service Ombudsman Sounding Board.  John is a worshipper at St Giles.  

Treasurer - Carol Jones

For the past 15 years Carol has worked as a self-employed management accountant doing accounts to trial balance and payroll work.  


Carol is an active member of St Mark's Church Caia Park, as their treasurer and also a worship leader.  She also holds the post of Treasurer for the Wrexham Mission Area and is a Trustee for two charities within the church. 


Carol is a member of the Church in Wales governing body.  

Patron - The Bishop of St Asaph, The Rt Revd Gregory Cameron.

Bishop Gregory was born in south east Wales, and grew up in Monmouthshire. He discovered his faith as a teenager, and started attending the local Anglican Church (St Cybi). He was educated in Croesyceiliog Comprehensive School in Cwmbran. While reading Law at Oxford University, he discerned a vocation to the ordained ministry, and, on being accepted as an ordinand of the Church in Wales, took a Theology degree in Cambridge.

He was elected Bishop of St Asaph in 2009, where he serves the Church in north east and central Wales.

Gregory is married to Clare, a teacher of music, and they have three sons. Gregory has a wide range of interests and enjoys reading, heraldry, calligraphy and Egyptology.

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37 Kingsmills Road, Wrexham. LL13 8NH

Charity no/rhif elusen: 1086434
Company no/rhif cwmni: 04033853