TCC's Board of Trustees
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.
The Venerable Chris Potter
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.
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 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 qualified 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 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.
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.
Andrea was born in Bangor and spent her early years in Holyhead, Anglesey. Her great grandparents were the first mixed race marriage in the area, and Andrea believes this gave her the values she holds around social justice and believing in a strong community support system. Andrea achieved a degree in Community Development whilst working for a Town Council and running a health group and an award-winning outdoor pursuits club in the community.
Deciding that her passion lay in community work, Andrea was accepted onto a BA Hons course in Health, Social Care & Social Policy at Llandrillo College which she completed in June 2020. Alongside her studies Andrea was the Higher Education Student Union President for Grwp Llandrillo Menai, representing HE students from the group's campuses across North Wales on the Management Board and the Board of Governors. During her degree, Andrea carried out outreach work from St Mary's Church in Rhyl with the homeless community. She has written a Housing First Policy proposal to be rolled out across Wales and is working with a panel of experts to set up supported accommodation for people recovering from substance misuse.
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.
Patron - The Bishop of St Asaph, The Rt Revd Gregory Cameron.
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.
Sylvia has lived in the Wrexham area all of her life. Sylvia's background is in social care, having worked with Wrexham County Borough Council as a project worker and gained a BA Hons in Social Work when the degree was first introduced. Her first professional role was as a project leader in the voluntary sector, arranging family placements for adults with physical impairment and/or mental health issues. Sylvia later took a job at Flintshire Local Authority as a care manager in adult social services, becoming an Approved Social Worker (now AMHP), Best Interest Assessor and completing a management course on becoming a senior practitioner.
Sylvia retired in 2015 which provided the scope to increase her voluntary work in the community. She has been honorary treasurer at Saint Mary’s Church in Minera for many years, which is how she became involved in TCC, and in 2017 also took on the role of church warden. Alongside this, Sylvia has been a trustee of the Wrexham Parochial Education Foundation for several years and also supports the local Salvation Army shop once a week.
Sylvia Partington - Treasurer
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.