Steve Clifford, general director
Steve has been general director of the Evangelical Alliance since April 2009. He is chair of HOPE Together and has previously been international chair of March for Jesus and chair of the leadership team for Soul Survivor. Steve continues to give advice and support to churches and has worked in a variety of church roles, including many among the Pioneer network of churches. Currently, he is a member of the leadership team at his local church.
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Helen Calder, executive director, finance and services
Helen is a business graduate who worked in the glass and brewing industries for 12 years, rising to senior management level. Following a call to use her management skills in the Christian sector, she spent a year studying theology at St John's College Nottingham before being appointed as director of administration for All Souls Church, Langham Place. She has been a trustee of a number of other Christian charities and has worked for the Alliance since 1999.
Dave Landrum, director of advocacy
Dr Dave Landrum has been our director of advocacy since June 2011, when he joined the Evangelical Alliance from his previous role as parliamentary officer for the Bible Society. He has a first-class degree in contemporary politics and urban policy studies and a doctorate in politics and policy process in education. Well-respected in parliament, Dave's passion is to see Christianity making an impact on society by being at the centre of political, cultural and economic life.
Fred Drummond, director of prayer and supporters and Scotland
Fred has been an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland for 20 years. He has led both traditional and new churches and has a postgraduate degree in missional leadership and diploma in pastoral theology. Fred is passionate about storytelling, the power of prayer, the gospel and unity for extending the Kingdom of God. He is an author and writer and has led conferences on new church in various countries. Fred seeks to give focus to the prayer support that is so vital to the work of the Alliance.
Peter Lynas, Director of Northern Ireland
Peter qualified as a lawyer and practiced as a barrister in Northern Ireland for five years before completing his masters in divinity at Regent College, Vancouver. He worked for a public policy think tank in Cambridge advising the government on family and social policy. He also led the faith@work initiative at Belfast Bible College, helping people work out their faith in the workplace. Peter combines this post with his role as operations director for Causeway Coast Vineyard Church in Coleraine. He speaks regularly on faith, politics, work, justice and ethics.
Elfed Godding, director of coalitions and Wales
Elfed has served as the national director for Evangelical Alliance Wales since 1999. A graduate of Moorlands Christian College and the Nazarene Theological College, Elfed pastored two churches over 18 years in Bournemouth and Oswestry. As part of his current role he leads Alliance coalitions, including Gweini, the Cymru Institute for Contemporary Christianity, and Wales' New Generation Leaders. He is also a vice-president of Tearfund. Elfed has travelled extensively throughout Wales communicating the vision and mission of the Welsh Alliance.
Don Horrocks, head of public affairs
Dr Don Horrocks has been head of public affairs for the Evangelical Alliance since 2001. He also oversees the Alliance's Theology Advisory Group. For 25 years Don held senior positions in banking and finance, political lobbying and management consultancy. He subsequently took a theological BA at the London School of Theology/Brunel University followed by a doctorate in systematic and historical theology. His book on the development of soteriological thought in the 19th century was published in 2004 and he has edited books for the Alliance on transsexuality and GM crops and foods, as well as the Alliance's report 'Faith and Nation'. He also edited, with Andrew Goddard, the Evangelical Alliance 2012 book 'Bible and Pastoral Responses to Homosexuality'. Don is a Baptist minister and research associate at the London School of Theology.
Sue Wilmot, head of supporter relations
Sue joined the Alliance as head of supporter relations in September 2013, having worked for 10 years with Bible Society, where she was involved in developing their major donor programme. She read classics at Cambridge University, and her strapline could be tempus fugit as she tries to cram twice as much into her day as she should! She loves enabling our key supporters to experience the joy of giving, directing them to programmes that fit with their own interests. She is married to Jonathan, an Anglican vicar, and is a lay minister herself. They have three adult sons.
Chine Mbubaegbu, director of communications
Chine joined the Alliance as editor in November 2010 from her previous roles as editor at the Crown Prosecution Service and reporter at the Reading Evening Post. She read theology at Cambridge University, where she was also news editor of the university newspaper Varsity. Since then, she has written for several regional and national newspapers and magazines. She has a passion for reporting religion’s impact on society and is an Associate at Lapido Media. She became director of communications in 2014 and manages the editorial, marketing, membership, fundraising and web teams.
Manoj Raithatha, national coordinator, South Asian Forum
Manoj began his career as a teacher before turning to writing, including a Bafta award-winning children's TV series My Life as a Popat. In 2003, Manoj turned his hand to business and set up a property company. But ultimately it was the ill health of Manoj’s two year old son in 2008 which was to prove the biggest turning point in his life. Christian friends set up a prayer vigil, his son was healed and within days Manoj, a born and raised Hindu, gave his life to serve Jesus. Today, Manoj heads up the South Asian Forum (SAF), a grouping within the Evangelical Alliance set up to provide a forum for South Asian Christians in the UK to encourage, support and equip each other for mission, and to represent their concerns to government, media and the wider Church. Manoj also runs Instant Apostle publishing house.
Danny Webster, advocacy programme manager
Danny joined the advocacy team in 2008 and works on a wide range of political and social issues. Before working for the Alliance he worked in parliament for an MP and has degrees in politics and political philosophy. Through his work Danny has strong links with a wide variety of politicians and government departments. He is passionate about encouraging and enabling Christians to see politics as part of their mission. He frequently provides comment on current political issues, both in Alliance publications and to the press.
Kieran Turner, public policy officer, Scotland
Kieran joined the Evangelical Alliance Scotland team in 2012. Prior to this he worked for MSPs at the Scottish Parliament for three years with spells in both Edinburgh and Inverness. Before this he spent a number of years working in youth and community work in the housing estates of his native Glasgow. Kieran helps the Alliance connect with politicians in Holyrood and local government, connects with national and local media, and also provides support and encouragement to churches, organisations and individual Christians trying to engage with wider Scottish society.
David Smyth, public policy officer, Northern Ireland
David Smyth is public policy officer at the Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland. Prior to taking up his post in December 2011, David trained as a solicitor in Portadown and practised in Newry. He has a keen interest in current affairs, politics and recent local history. David is passionate about how biblical values can better shape society for the wellbeing of everyone and seeing the church lead in the transformation of relationships in Northern Ireland.
Jim Stewart, National Assembly liaison officer, Wales
Jim joined the Wales team in 2005. Prior to joining Evangelical Alliance Wales, he was with the BBC Wales Political Unit as journalist and researcher and has also worked extensively in teaching, care and youth work. As part of his work at the Alliance, Jim is keen to see the Church take its place in society and to be well represented.
Amelia Abplanalp, public policy officer
Amelia has been public policy officer at the Evangelical Alliance since February 2014. Her role includes working closely with Westminster and representing and informing evangelical Christians on a wide range of policy issues. Amelia grew up in New Zealand where she received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics. Prior to joining the Evangelical Alliance she worked for the Institute of Economic Affairs. Amelia has also worked in New Zealand's Parliament as a research and communications advisor in the Office of Rt Hon John Key, the current Prime Minister, and as private secretary to the Speaker of the House. She believes Christians have a valuable contribution to make in the public square and is passionate about helping them engage constructively with the political process.
Lucy Olofinjana, advocacy administrator & research co-ordinator
Lucy joined the Evangelical Alliance in 2012. She has previously worked for the Salvation Army and studied development and social anthropology at SOAS. As the co-ordinator for the 21st Century Evangelicals research programme, Lucy is available to speak on the findings and their relevance for the Church in the UK today. Through this research programme the Evangelical Alliance regularly surveys evangelicals on topical issues which have included work, education, money, church life and evangelism.
Nicky Waters, fundraising project manager
Nicky joined the Alliance in October 2013, having worked in the fundraising team for UCCF: The Christian Unions prior to this. She studied Philosophy and Theology at Oxford University, which nurtured a passion for writing persuasively. In her work as fundraising project manager, Nicky works alongside Sue, Head of Supporter Relations, preparing and carrying out the Alliance's fundraising strategy. She works on appeals, trust applications, legacy fundraising and enjoys getting to know our Key Supporters. Nicky loves reading and telling stories – ideal for fundraising!
Thomas McConaghie, threads co-ordinator
Thomas joined the team in September 2013 having graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor's Degree in International Politics. Thomas cares deeply about seeing Belfast flourish and is passionate about the church realising it's potential in leading the city to life.
Having cycled from Belfast to Paris on a fixed-gear bicycle just before he began his internship, Thomas enjoys travelling adventures with his wife Laura, as well as reading, live music and football trivia.