Governance

Partnership is the operating name of Partnership (UK) Ltd, which is a company limited by guarantee not having share capital. It is a registered charity in England and Wales. It has a board of trustees, who are also directors of the company, and a Council who are the members of the company and who elect the trustees. It is the aim that Council members should be broadly representative in geographical terms, and representative of the key agencies which also serve Partnership's member churches, and of the member churches themselves. The board of trustees has legal responsibility to see that the business and work of Partnership is efficiently, effectively and properly conducted. The Council assists the board in shaping policy and the board has a duty to have regard to the Council's advice on policy matters. The board meets regularly in the course of the year and the Council meets twice a year.

Trustees

 

 

 

   

Stephen Bedford, Chair 

Stephen Bedford is an Elder at Beechwood Chapel, Wirral, as well as a practising

barrister (gradually winding down!) and Recorder (part time judge).  Raised in a

loving Christian home, he attended David Street Chapel in Toxteth, Liverpool,

where his late father became an Elder and his mother remains a member. 

Stephen trusted in Christ for his salvation at a very young age and was baptised

when he was 12.  Key formative experiences for him were not only at his local

church, but also at Christian camping at Abererch North Wales

(now known as MCYC), school Christian Union, university OICCU, his college CU

and Operation Mobilisation prayer group, as well as OM summer missions

challenging commitment and lifestyle. Stephen moved to Wirral in 1975 and has

been at Beechwood Chapel ever since, becoming an Elder in 1988.  He enjoys serving

with Beechwood's gifted, gracious, committed and visionary young elders

(www.beechwoodchapel.org). In 1974 Stephen married Ruth and they have two married

daughters and five grandchildren.  He is looking forward to what he trusts will be a

fruitful, active retirement.

Email Stephen: steve.bedford@partnershipuk.org

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neil Summerton, Secretary

Neil Summerton is Secretary to the Board, and also General Editor. He has been

associated with Partnership and its predecessor body since 1980. He has been involved

in local church leadership virtually all his adult life, first at Cholmeley Evangelical

Church in Highgate London, then from 1991-2001 in planting a church in Crouch End

London, and in 2002-16 at King Street Chapel, Tiverton. He was a Council member

of the Evangelical Alliance for some 30 years and has been for some years a member

of the Alliance's Theology Advisory Group. He has been a trustee of a number of other

para-church bodies. Professionally, he was a civil servant for many years, and has been

a non-executive director of water companies.  He is married to Pauline, a hospital and

hospice chaplain, and they have two sons and four grandsons.

Email Neil: neil.summerton@partnershipuk.org

 

 

 
 

Philip Miles, Treasurer

After 33 years farming in deepest Suffolk, some 10 years ago, having completed an

accountancy course, Philip began  bookkeeping for a living, servicing

mainly farming clients.  Parkview Chapel, Botesdale has been his home church since

childhood and he is actively involved there and part of the leadership.  Combining his

faith with his farming experience, he is a local coordinator for Farming Community

Network, providing pastoral support for farmers. Married to Helen, they have 2 sons,

a daughter and 3 grandsons.  Outside work, Philip enjoys gardening and has for several

years had an allotment. 

Email Philip: philip.miles@partnershipuk.org

 

 

 
 

Jill Bain

Jill is based in Oxford, having moved there in 2014 to work with IFES (International

Fellowship of Evangelical Students) in supporter relations.  She became a Christian

through her Sunday School, and was significantly impacted by the work of IFES

affiliated Christian Union movements in the UK and Russia while a student.  She

started attending a Partnership member church while studying, and has been involved

in Partnership nationally since 2009.  She has been involved in a variety of church

and secular leadership roles, and currently volunteers with international students in

Oxford.  She is a keen photographer and loves a good film and a good book.

Email Jill: jill.bain@partnershipuk.org

 

 

 
 

Keith Barnard

After teaching modern languages for nine years, Keith studied at London Bible College

and worked alongside churches in Huntingdon and Cambridge.  In 2003 Keith began

work with Partnership, and became National Director and Secretary of the Partnership

Link UP Service until his retirement in 2013.   As part of this role, he developed a variety

of materials (biblical and practical) to help with "health checks" for leaders and church

members.  Since retirement, Keith and his wife Gill are settled in Axminster in Devon.  

They are involved in the local community as well as regional Christian activities,

seeking to build the local church in its many forms while enjoying the countryside and

coast of East Devon. 

Email Keith: keith.barnard@partnershipuk.org

 

 

 
 

Ian Furlong

Ian is a church leader in Warwick, where he has lived and worked since 1990, first as a

Baptist minister and now as a full-time elder at Saltisford Church.  He is married to Jan

with four children and three grandchildren.  Outside of work, his hobbies include

water-colour painting, cryptic crosswords and walking.  Originally from Liverpool,

he supports Everton, and tries hard to mention them in sermons after a good result.

Email Ian: ian.furlong@partnershipuk.org

 

 

 
 

Neil Walker        

Neil Walker has been associated with Partnership since 1998, and has served as a

Director since 2014. He has been involved in local church leadership at his home in

Walsall for over 25 years, along with his wife Christine.   Most of his career has been

spent as an educator, in a variety of settings, and he continues  to do some work with

a number of local schools. Neil is also a Director of our partner organisation, Church

Growth Trust.

Email Neil: neil.walker@partnershipuk.org

 

 
   

 

 

 

 
       
Neil Summerton is Secretary of Partnership's Board. He has been associated with Partnership and its predecessor since 1980. He has been involved in local church leadership virtually all his adult life, first at Cholmeley Evangelical Church in Highgate London, from 1991-2001 in planting a church in Crouch End London, and now at King Street Chapel, Tiverton. He is a Council member of the Evangelical Alliance and has been a council member of a number of other national para-church bodies. Professionally, he was a civil servant for many years, and a non-executive director of water companies. He is married to Pauline, a hospice chaplain, and they have two sons and three grandsons.

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