Simon McCrossan, Head of public policy
Simon is Head of Public Policy for the Evangelical Alliance. Prior to joining the Alliance, he was in full time practice as a barrister with specialisms in personal injury and employment law. Simon holds a specialist LL.M in employment law and is focused upon issues of religious liberty. Before he was called to the Bar, Simon worked as a teacher in secondary education (11-18). Moreover, he is also an experienced law lecturer having tutored both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He enjoys most sports and walking in the country.
Rev Yemi Adedeji, director, One People Commission
Yemi Adedeji is director of the One People Commission, a group of key national church leaders across ethnic backgrounds which celebrates diversity while promoting unity. He is associate director for HOPE, a global ambassador for Compassion UK and strategic adviser for many church leaders across UK. Yemi is also closely involved with Jesus House London, a dynamic and entrepreneurial church/social enterprise charity operating locally in north London and part of the worldwide network of Redeemed Christian Church of God.
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.
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.
Lucy Olofinjana, unity programmes manager
Lucy joined the Evangelical Alliance in 2012. She has previously worked for the Salvation Army
and studied development and social anthropology at SOAS. As unity programmes manager she coordinates a range of projects focusing on church unity and evangelism – encouraging churches to work together to see God's kingdom come across our villages, towns and cities. She is especially passionate about seeing unity amid ethnic diversity and enjoys being involved in our One People Commission, an exciting initiative bringing together key leaders from a wide range of church and ethnic backgrounds.
Roger Sutton, Gather national coordinator
Roger Sutton is Gather national coordinator for the Alliance, formerly the Senior Pastor of Altrincham Baptist Church and Chair of the Reaching the Unchurched Network (RUN). Roger now has a wider role serving as an independent executive member for his borough in Trafford, linking the community to the statutory authorities.