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Who’s who

Core Team

John Kirkby

​Founder & International Director

Through working in the consumer finance industry for 17 years, John was able to gain valuable management experience and knowledge that equipped him with the skills he required to build Christians Against Poverty in the UK and now also in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. John is the International Director of Christians Against Poverty, speaking and working across the world to challenge people to reach out to the poor and needy.

Matt Barlow

​UK Chief Executive

​Matt joined CAP at the beginning of 1999 and, having spent seven years building the systems and infrastructure to support CAP’s growth, was appointed Chief Executive in 2006. As well as navigating CAP through significant growth, Matt was recently named as 'Best Leader' in 'The Sunday Times Best Small Company to Work For' awards.

Andy Thomas

​Finance Director

​Andy has over 30 years experience of working for diverse organisations, from family run businesses to French multi-nationals. As a Chartered Management Accountant, this experience is vital as the charity continues its rapid growth. Andy found CAP in 2001 and ran a CAP centre for two years in his home town of Rochdale. Through this, he saw first hand the misery that debt causes and the life transforming service that CAP offers. In 2006, he took on the role of Finance Director, implementing many new systems and seeing God provide in miraculous ways.

Chris Brown

​Centre Development Director

Chris joined the Centre Development Team in 2009 and oversaw the expansion of centres in London and the South East. His experience as a CAP Caseworker and previously in the banking industry and civil service gave him a solid focus on the quality of the service we offer through our local centres. He continued to take on responsibility for the south of England before being promoted to Director of the whole centre network in 2012. Chris has a passion for equipping the centre network to effectively proclaim God's love in their community and a heart to see the church in the UK rise up to meet the needs of our society.

Josie Barlow

Communications Director​

Josie worked for two years in a project management capacity in the Dominican Republic and then spent a year working as a fundraiser for the Countryside Agency before moving to Bradford to work for CAP in 1999. For 9 years Josie led the fundraising and communications departments of the charity, helping take the charity from an income of £238K to £3.1m. Since 2008 Josie has specialised in communications leading the teams who spread CAP’s message and to inspire people to give and get involved.​

Sian Wrangles

​Partnership Director

​Sian’s passion to see churches equipped to reach their communities brought her to CAP. Nine years later she is still driven by that same passion as she leads the team who inspire churches and individuals to partner with the work of CAP, both financially and practically. Sian’s background is in International Development Studies and evangelism, and as a strategic thinker counts it a huge privilege to be part of the team shaping the future growth and development of CAP in the UK and Internationally.

Ellie Gage

Director of HR, Staff Development and Fun

Ellie joined CAP in February 2005 from a background in the legal and financial sectors, and has since worked her way through the support services side of the charity to her current role. Her passion for CAP is in the way that it takes people from a point of desperation and transforms them into people with hope for the future. Ellie leads a strategy of fun in the workplace, believing that CAP will only be able to really make an impact and help others if we have a workforce that are themselves well cared for.

Simon Wilce

Director of Client Services

Simon joined CAP as a caseworker in 2003 upon completing his Law degree. After working up to manage multiple departments, he moved abroad to take up the role of National Director of CAP New Zealand in 2009, where he saw the charity grow from partnering with four churches to nearly 200. Simon returned to the UK in 2013 to take up his current role as Director of Client Services. He has a real passion for seeing the church empowered to reach out to those in need in every corner of the world.


Peter Green

​Trustee Director - Chairman

​Peter is a Chartered Financial Planner and brings a wealth of business experience, having owned his own Financial Services Company for over 20 years. Peter is also a Trustee of several other charities working to relieve poverty and oppression.

Andrew Parker

​Trustee Director

​Andrew is a Chartered Accountant and has significant experience in advising charities, particular those with a Christian ethos. He has over thirty years experience in advising small and medium sized businesses and operates a small firm of Chartered Accountants in Bradford. Andrew has a heart for the poor and needy and has been involved with CAP for a number of years.

Tim Morfin

​Trustee Director

​Tim is a management graduate with experience of organisational development in a large multinational company. From his previous commercial experience he brings a particular focus upon human resources and strategic planning. For the past ten years, Tim has been Chief Executive of TLG - a national Christian charity educating young people at risk of exclusion from school. Tim's passion is for the Church to be engaged fully in it's locality, sharing the love of God in very practical ways, bringing hope and enabling change.

Ian Nundy

​Trustee – Pastor Representative

​Ian is the leader of New Horizons Church, the home of our Dewsbury Debt Centre. New Horizons is a church committed to reaching its community, and has been working in partnership with CAP since 2003. Ian has seen many lives transformed through the service offered by the Debt Centre in his church during that time. With our partner churches being such key stakeholders, Ian offers a unique insight into how CAP interacts with and supports the local church.

Matthew Frost

​​Trustee Director

​Matthew Frost has been Chief Executive of Tearfund since October 2005. Previously he worked for DFES and McKinsey, where he specialised in strategy and organisational leadership. He has served overseas with Medair in a leadership capacity and set up their aid programme in Afghanistan. Matthew is married to Katharine, has four young children and is a member of Holy Trinity Church in Claygate, Surrey.

Kathryn Foster

​Trustee Director

​Kathryn has a long-standing relationship with CAP, which started when she worked in debt-counselling departments in the early years. She went on to become Operations Director where she shared overall charity responsibility, her focus was on managing growth and having a keen interest in people development. Although no longer a member of staff, Kathryn is still passionate about the work of CAP and is a trustee because she wants to see CAP maximise its effectiveness in the UK and in its International work.


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