Our Board

The Venerable Moira Astin, Archdeacon of Reigate
Interim Chair of the Board

Moira has been Archdeacon of Reigate since October 2016. As a parish priest in the heart of Scunthorpe she worked closely with other organisations in supporting the local community. She has previously enabled churches to employ a youth and a children’s worker to support local children and young people. Moira was one of the founders of the Thatch Young Parents’ Group to support parents who were 21 years of age or younger.


Sarah Harty
Honorary Treasurer & Chair of the Finance & Development Committee

Sarah joined the Board in July 2017. She is a qualified accountant with a background in senior management in Children’s Services in London boroughs, focusing on strategic finance and running capital programmes. She is currently working as a senior policy advisor at HM Treasury and, in her spare time, is training to become a barrister.


Chris Elliott

Chris worked in The City of London for most of his life in the Lloyd’s Insurance Market where amongst many roles he had responsibility for teams of people and budgets. He was also a Member Nominated Trustee of the company’s final salary pension scheme. In church life Chris has been Church Warden of St John the Evangelist Redhill and was also Chair of their New Building Committee through the time of gaining planning permission, tender and the start of construction. He has been a Trustee of Southwark Diocese, Lay Chair of Reigate Deanery and continues to be a member of Diocesan and Deanery Synod.  He chairs Reigate Archdeaconry Social Justice Focus which aims to join churches and others across Surrey in raising awareness of the signs of County Lines Drug Dealing, Modern Slavery, Serious Youth Crime and Domestic Violence and how to report concerns.


Ruth Martin

Ruth is the Diocesan Secretary for Southwark Diocese and has been a trustee of Welcare since February 2020.


Revd David Nyirongo

David is an ordained minister in the Church of England. He has run several community programmes such as Meet Your Neighbour and a Dads’ Group to help fathers and their children from separated families to spend time together. He has a history of volunteering in his community which has also included supporting adults with mental health and physical disabilities.


Rachel Phillips

Rachel is currently Head of School at Christ Church Primary SW9. She has worked in education for twelve years, starting as a class teacher in a local Lambeth school. Since 2012, Rachel has held leadership posts in three Lambeth schools, improving education and developing schools for local communities. Prior to teaching and education, Rachel worked in communications and public relations, within both the private and public sector. Her voluntary roles have included the Kennington Bethlehem Link, a member of the PCC at St. Augustine’s Church, Tooting, and a School Governor.


Paulette Tajah-Bell

Paulette is an accredited independent Family Group Conference Coordinator who is also accredited for Advocacy, working for several London boroughs, championing FGCs as an essential tool to support families in need. Other community roles include fundraising for respite trips for children and young people with disabilities and learning difficulties, supporting older members of the community and helping them to forge links with young people. Paulette has over 30 years’ experience in Financial Services, in strategic retail and commercial banking roles.


Debbie Haith

Debbie has over 25 years’ experience in social work. She has held senior positions in local authority children’s services and the voluntary sector. She currently works as a consultant.


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