Could you become a Trustee?
We are keen to expand our board to better reflect the diversity of our member groups and the wider community. We seek individuals who can make a commitment to join us in our governing and fundraising activities, acting with unquestionable integrity, to support our endeavours in the successful promotion of our objectives.
If you are looking to utilise and further develop your professional skills, and to work with a group of inspiring leaders towards make a positive difference in North East Wales, then this is the role for you. If you feel you could make this commitment to TCC, please see the full role description here.
TCC'S BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Christopher Graffius lives in Rossett and works as the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the British Association for Shooting and Conservation. He has worked in and around politics and the media for most of his career. He spent thirteen years working in parliament, and has lobbied on international, national and local issues. Along the way he wrote "Election '97, a Christian Guide to the General Election", published by Hodder and Stoughton, and a course on local political action validated by the University of Wales.
Christopher has been a school governor and a member of the Board of the Catholic Union.
Peter grew up in Manchester and, after a career as a civil engineer working on projects around Britain and for many years managing the design and construction of roads and airports in Africa, is now living in retirement in Rossett.
Peter has been an active listening volunteer with Samaritans for over 27 years and is looking forward to working with TCC in their endeavours, through community organising, to remedy issues causing distress in our community.
Katja Jewell originally comes from the south of Germany but settled in Wales over 30 years ago when she joined her Welsh husband. Their 2 children were born in Wales and feel proud Europeans. In 2005 she got to know TCC and its broad-based organising approach, when she was working in the CAFOD North Wales Office, then based in the Peace and Justice centre in Wrexham. She feels proud, that she played a small part in making Wales a fairtrade country and is keen to support TCC in its present and future issues.
A founding member of Flintshire City of Sanctuary and also active in diverse environmental groups, Katja hopes to help tackle social injustice locally and with this, impact on the wider global community.
Zoe is originally from Wrexham and got to know about the work of TCC when she shared an office with them whilst working for CAFOD in their North Wales Diocesan Office. Working for CAFOD gave Zoe a good understanding of campaigning for change but she was really inspired, during a visit to Kenya, by the community advocates who helped to train people in their own community to know and understand their rights and to take action for themselves.
That experience led Zoe to train as a solicitor and she has spent the last eight years working as a lawyer for the Government Legal Department, advising central Government ministers on public and constitutional law.
She is looking forward to getting involved in the work of the board and supporting TCC in the inspirational work that it, and its member organisations, does.
Melissa has lived in Wrexham for the majority of her life. Having been educated locally, she gained a Law Degree from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, before qualifying as a Solicitor with Allington Hughes Law in Wrexham. She is a Director of the Company and has spent all her working life with Allington Hughes. She practises exclusively in criminal law.
Melissa has attended St Giles Parish Church in Wrexham for many years and is a member of the Parochial Church Council. It is through this connection that she became involved with TCC when a vacancy arose. Her late parents the Rev Gerald and Marlene Griffiths were heavily involved with TCC in its early days and this was her motivation to become involved.
Darren lives in Coedpoeth just west of Wrexham with his wife and two teenage sons. He moved to the area in 2018 when he and his wife became the Salvation Army officers responsible for the church and community shop in Coedpoeth.
Darren has been an ordained minister of religion with the Salvation Army for 12 years and prior to that worked in various hostels, homeless day centres and churches in the inner city of London for 15 years. He has a great love for people from all walks of life and a real passion for achieving social justice for all.
Oliver Doak (co-opted)
Oliver is an Emerging Talent Officer for law firm, Express Solicitors, having gained his LLB and LPC from the University of Law, and completing his CIPD Level 5 in HR Management with his current employer. He prides himself on being able to offer an excellent workplace experience for the participants of the company’s Vacation Scheme, who are selected from cohorts of recent graduates. Over the last two years with Express Solicitors, Oliver has enjoyed supporting candidates through their graduate journey and transition into employment as they take their first steps into their legal careers.
Olivers passion for helping and supporting others led him to join TCC as a Trustee in February 2023. He has energy and determination to be part of a movement for real change, whilst hoping to help grow the organisation in an ethical way, using his value to help ‘pay something back’ to the community.
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.