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

The Venerable Chris Potter - Chair

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The Venerable Chris Potter was Archdeacon of St Asaph from 2011–2014 and before that held the post of Dean of St Asaph Cathedral for ten years. Before ordination in the Church in Wales in 1993, Chris was self-employed for eighteen years as a woodworker/cabinet maker.

 

He was first introduced to broad based organising by Nia Higginbotham in 1994 when he was a curate in Flint and attended the opening ceremony for TCC. Chris has attended national training and several local and National Assemblies, bringing his first parish into membership. Chris was a trustee of TCC and later Chair of Trustees for 10 years until 2011 when he became Archdeacon.

 

Having settled into retirement Chris is looking forward to re-engaging with the exciting work that TCC is currently doing and offering his experience and skills to further that work. Chris lives in Llangollen, a popular spot for TCC organisers.

Rev. Anna Jane Evans 

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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.

Peter Burke

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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 

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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 Lavery

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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. 

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Harry Perera

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Harry first joined TCC as a young leader through working on campaigns at his school, which is a TCC member school. Harry carried on developing his community organising skills at TCC's Youth in Action group, working on issues such as improving mental health support in schools, and making Wrexham more welcoming. Harry also supported TCC in securing new funding for their work with young people by sharing his experiences as a young leader with funders.


Harry is now a student at Coleg Cambria studying Health & Social Care. In his spare time Harry is also involved with Cadets.

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

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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.

Melissa Griffiths

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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. 

Christopher Graffius

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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. 

Darren Hampton

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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.