CEO: Tim Livesey*

I joined Embrace in July 2017 from Oxfam. I had previously worked in government – nearly twenty years in the Foreign Office – in politics and as an adviser to Rowan Williams when he was Archbishop of Canterbury and Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor when he was Archbishop of Westminster. I worked for a couple of years in Downing Street and for four years ran the UK’s development programme in Nigeria.

It’s a real privilege to be part of a very talented and dedicated team here at Embrace working in support of Christian partners in the Middle East to improve the lives and livelihoods of some of the most vulnerable and marginalised communities in the region.

Human Resources Manager: Lucy Insua*

My role is to support the wonderfully, talented and committed employees of Embrace. I make sure our current (and future) staff are supported, appreciated, informed and challenged so that we can continue our Christian mission.

I have 20 years HR experience from the charity and commercial sectors. I am proud to work for an organisation built on it’s deep rooted Christian values of respect, accountability, compassion, excellence and integrity. It really couldn’t get any better. 

If you are looking for a new job or want to explore the opportunity of working for a Christian charity where you can make a difference, then I’d love to hear from you. Visit our Vacancies page.

Office Manager / Executive Team Assistant: Sharon Mason

My role at Embrace is to ensure the smooth running of the office (from making sure we don’t run out of tea, to making sure the post goes out on time), to supporting the CEO and HR manager, and to manage general office health and safety.

My previous job, working for the University of Westminster, as a TV Studio Manager and Technician, involved teaching students TV production skills, being a lighting director, technical rigger and multi-skilled studio operator.    

In my spare time, I love cooking and comedy writing, and have a keen interest in ancient civilisations. 

Fundraising and Marketing

Director of Fundraising and Marketing : Nigel Varndell*

I joined Embrace following five years as Director of Church and Community Participation at The Children’s Society. Before that I worked for Christian Aid.

Embrace's commitment to support local partners and raise the profile of the Middle East in the life and prayers of UK churches is inspiring and something to which I am delighted to be able to contribute.

Individual Giving and Communications Manager: Heather Stanley

I make sure our amazing supporters are updated with stories, news, information about our partners and the people they serve, and provide them with ways to get involved in supporting and encouraging Christians in the Middle East and all the amazing things they do. 

I'm working on bringing together our print and digital communications to include better, easier ways for our supporters to raise funds, shop with us and donate.

Philanthropy and Partnerships Manager: Mike Dangerfield

Embrace is keen to develop philanthropic partnerships with individuals and charitable trusts who are able to support the work of Embrace at the level of £5,000 and above. If you would be interested in discussing such a partnership - either to support our work generally, or specific projects - please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Legacy and In Memory Manager: Charlotte Devereux

I’m responsible for explaining and promoting Legacy and In Memory giving to our supporters, and for dealing with the administrative side of legacy pledges and gifts.

I aim to convey my excitement about what has been achieved through projects funded by the generosity of our supporters who live us gifts in their will. I want to break down the barriers (of language and awkwardness) around talk of wills and legacies, and to inspire people to see how they can make a difference that outlives themselves!

Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator: Cherokee Seebalack

I'm help create all of the publications that we use to tell you about the difference your prayers and giving makes!

My role is massively varied – I could be proof-reading a leaflet one day, or booking in advertising in Church newspapers on another. It’s safe to say that I have my finger in many different pies across the charity!


Supporter Care Team

Supporter Care Manager: Joanna Taylor

My role is to ensure the smooth running of our Supporter Care Team as they deal with a range of enquiries and process the generous donations from our supporters.

I liaise with every department to make sure that the team have all the information they need to be able to help our supporters. I started working for Embrace as an administrator and prior to that I was one of Embrace’s first head office volunteers.



Supporter Care Administrator: Lorna Bennett

My role involves processing the generous donations sent in by supporters and thanking them, as well as speaking to new and existing supporters, helping with whatever enquiries they have! My job also means that I’m in regular contact with supporters via letter and email.




Supporter Care Data Administrator: Catherine Golding

As well as dealing with processing donations and helping supporters with their enquiries, I also spend a lot of time looking at our database. In particular this involves matching up all our trading orders, something that keeps me very busy in the run up to Christmas!




Supporter Care Administrator: Sam Franklin

I answer letters, phone calls and emails that come in from our supporters and process their donations. I also ensure that supporters know the impact of their time and donations





Public Engagement

Our Public Engagement Team build relationships with church leaders and volunteers across the UK. If you want to know more about our work, book a speaker or volunteer for Embrace, start by chatting with one of our Public Engagement Team
Su McClellan - Senior Regional Manager (Volunteer Development)
Mark Calder - Regional Manager for Scotland and northern England
Liz Baddaley - Regional Manager (Church Engagement)

Events Manager: Kerensa McCollough

I oversee our events all over the country. This means you are likely to bump into me if you attend the summer festivals or any of the numerous leadership conferences or festivals going on throughout the year. If you see us at an event, please do come and introduce yourself, we love to say hello and meet our amazing supporters.

Advocacy and Campaigns Advisor: Connie Musallam

My role is to co-ordinate and advise all of our teams in advocacy and campaigning, drawing on the voices and the experience of our partners in the Middle East. I come with experience of this, having previously worked both in the Middle East and internationally, including three years managing programmes for one of Embrace’s partners in Jerusalem.


Finance and Audit

Head of Finance: Jim Buckley

I am responsible for the day to day workings of the finance department. This ranges from making sure payments and income received are processed correctly and on time, to giving the senior leadership team and trustees up to date and accurate accounts. Alongside this I run the payroll, make payments to the tax authorities, deal with VAT and Gift Aid.

I produce the annual report and accounts, make sure we comply with the latest charity accounting and tax rules, look after health & safety concerns and insurance, as well as manage the Trading team.

Finance Assistant: Tom Carter

I joined Embrace in January 2018 and consider it a real privilege to work with such a fantastic, caring team, both within finance and the organisation as a whole. My role within Embrace is mainly charity and trading income accounting as well as Gift Aid and as such I mainly liaise with the Supporter Care Team, Trading plus Programmes and Partnerships.

For the last couple of years I have been working in schools as an LSA helping year 6 children with their English and Maths SATS and also offering pastoral care.  Prior to that the majority of my career was spent in the West End as an accountant working for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatres.

Finance Assistant: Heather Flood

I work on income accounting, do a range of tasks for our Trading company and help out with reporting, reconciliations and other financial tasks as needed.

I work part-time and this is my first permanent job in 10 years, as I also have three boys who keep me busy. I find it very fulfilling working for Embrace and love hearing about the work our partners do.

Finance Assistant: Penny Geeves

My role at Embrace is mainly Purchase Ledger for both charity and trading, I also process the grants agreed by the Programmes and Partnerships team.

Before my move to Embrace I worked for over 30 years in the laundry industry, initially for my families own business, where I learnt all aspects of running a business and latterly for a larger, but still a family run laundry. Outside of work, I am a keen gardener and enjoy taking part in the annual local produce show.

Embrace Trading

Trading Manager: Esther Domson

I run our Trading department, with overall responsibilty for creating our gift and card catalogue and webshop. I choose the gifts and cards that we sell and I'm responsible for making sure that when you order from us, your items arrive on time and in good condition. 

Trading team updates coming soon!



Head of Information Systems and Security: Clayton Ndoro*

I am responsible for the development and successful delivery of our Information Systems & Security strategy which includes communications and knowledge management systems, technology and security. This supports all that Embrace does!

I joined Embrace in 2017 with over 20 years of IT leadership experience from both commercial and charity sectors. I am delighted to have joined an established charity with a track record of delivering high impact development programmes to the people of the Middle East.

Head of IT Systems: Peter Jones*

I am responsible for all the information systems (infrastructure and equipment, software and databases) at Embrace. This involves working out the strategy for, and the implementation and maintenance of the most cost effective systems, in order to keep our data safe and enable us all to work and communicate effectively. I also spend a significant proportion of time assisting the fundraising department to effectively utilise our database of supporters. Most of my interactions are with staff and suppliers, but I also get involved assisting supporters if they come across a problem with our systems.

IT infrastructure & Business Systems Analyst: Graeme Petrie-Brown

I provide technical database and web services support and development to our internet presence and e-commerce site.


Programmes and Partnerships

Director of Programmes and Partnerships: Jamie Eyre*

I lead the Partnerships team, working closely with our Programmes and Partnerships Managers to develop our approach to partnership and advocacy issues.

I spent 12 years supporting and implementing relief and development projects in Central Asia and Africa, both as a country based manager and at headquarters, working with the MAG (Mines Advisory Group) and Medair.


Programmes and Partnerships Manager for Egypt: Lydia Nash 

My role is to maintain and develop our partners and programmes in Egypt. I ensure that the money raised by our supporters is spent well, by receiving proposals and reports from our partners on the work that they are doing. I also regularly visit partners and offer support and encouragement for the transformational work that they do.

I work with the Fundraising and Marketing team to communicate the work of our partners to our supporters. I have a background in international development and previously worked for Christian Aid.

Programmes and Partnerships Manager: Rhiannon de Laune

I cut my teeth at Embrace managing the programmes and partnerships in Egypt as Maternity cover, but soon sought to make myself a permanent feature, taking over as Programmes and Partnerships Manager for Palestine and Israel.

I started my career setting up an arts and dementia charity in the UK and managing a variety of community development projects. I have a huge passion to see people thrive and have loved the challenge of transferring my skills to an international context, supporting the fantastic partners of Embrace.

Programmes and Partnerships Manager for Lebanon & Syria: Sophia Peiris

I am responsible for supporting our local partners working in Lebanon and Syria, as they seek to bring hope and help to vulnerable and marginalised groups there. I have previously worked for CAFOD and Tearfund, amongst other development organisations.


Premises Manager: Vic Rance

My role involves liaison with the charity’s tenants and ensuring the offices are in good order and minimising overheads wherever possible. Therefore, it is a role which involves mundane issues such as heating and drains, and trying to ensure all other staff not hampered by problems with the building!

Caretaker: John Stilwell

I am the office caretaker and have been with Embrace since 1966! My role is part-time and involves cleaning the building and doing odd maintenance jobs. This means I may be clearing snow in winter, touching up the paintwork inside the building, or packing up a van to go to a festival!


*Member of Senior Leadership Team