Board of Trustees
Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, has gone from rebellious young man to someone who has devoted his life to meeting the needs of people around the world as a means of sharing the love of Jesus Christ. He serves as President and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association worldwide and is the founding member of Samaritan’s Purse Australia. Under his leadership, Samaritan’s Purse has met the needs of poor, sick, and suffering people in more than 100 countries. As an evangelist for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, he has led crusades around the world.He is based in Boone, North Carolina and married to Jane Austin. They have three sons, a daughter and four grandchildren.
James Barrett trained as an engineering apprentice with Rolls-Royce, gaining graduate and post graduate qualifications at Bristol University and Imperial College of London University as well as Goettingen and Berlin Universities in Germany. James has been in aviation all his life for 24 years at Rolls-Royce and 23 years as the Deputy Chairman and head of the UK GE Aircraft Engine business. Pioneering work was done at both, including putting Concorde into service at RR and launching the world’s still largest jet engine at GE. James has been at the forefront of global aviation leadership, but this has always been accompanied by a passionate support of mission outreach in some of the remotest and most deprived regions of the world. James, and his treasured wife Marion of 45 years, live in central London. They have 4 grandchildren. He is currently Chairman of the board.
Mark Smith is a Chartered Accountant who for many years ran his own professional firm specialising in charities and small businesses. He retired from professional practice to become the Secretary to the Keswick Convention from which he retired in 2004. He lives in Heathfield, Sussex and is married to Barbara. Mark was chairman of the Board from 2001 to 2010.
Richard Bewes, son of missionary parents, was – until the end of 2004 – Rector of All Souls Langham Place. He has variously served as Chairman of the Church of England Evangelical Council and of African Enterprise UK. He maintains an active ministry through his writing, speaking and traveling – and by his hosting of the ‘Book by Book’ Bible programmes on TV and DVD.
Roger Chilvers is an evangelist and Church Leader working with Counties, a national evangelistic association in the UK and is the Director of the Church Planting Initiative. Since 1983 he has also worked with many of the BGEA Missions in the UK and in many other parts of the world where he was responsible for the Training, Counselling and Follow-up. These include Moscow, Mission World from Essen, Mission 89 in London, Sheffield, Mission England, Jamaica etc. he also has spoken at several BGEA Schools of Evangelism including Amsterdam 2000. Roger also served on the National Committee for Evangelism of Churches Together in England. He chairs the English Evangelists’ Institute and also serves as a Director of the George Muller Foundation. Roger is leader of Hillview Evangelical Church in Gloucester, England which has recently planted a new church on a large new housing area of the city. Roger and his wife Hazel have three grown children.
Andrew Lawrence trained as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in South Wales before moving into corporate finance and management consultancy, including a number of years in Kenya with Price Waterhouse. After senior management positions in the food manufacturing and water industries he took a deliberate decision to move into the charity sector. Andrew was Finance and Operations Director at the Evangelical Alliance, where he supported Joel Edwards, before taking up roles in the international development sector. He was Finance Director at WaterAid and then spent five years as Finance and Business Services Director at BBC Media Action, the BBC’s international development charity, where he turned around the finances of the organisation to create sustainable surpluses.
Andrew returned to South Wales in 2013 and he is now Chairman of the Board of Bron Afon Community Housing, a dynamic social enterprise focused on improving the quality of life and the life chance of the people of Torfaen. He lives in Penarth, near Cardiff, with his wife Lesley, an evangelist, and their three children where they are members of Tabernacle Baptist Church.
Mark Thomas is the managing director of MDN Fusion, a HR company specializing in leadership and personal development. Mark has previously worked with Samaritan’s Purse over a 4 year period advising on organizational development and people management issues . He is married to Julie and lives in Basingstoke. Mark’s company, MDN Fusion, (www.mdnfusion.com) provides organisational and leadership development as well as people management services for third world and UK Christian charities as well as commercial organizations and secular charities. It is also committed to helping CHILD’s Trust, a charity dedicated to the development of underprivileged children.
John Gallagher is a Barrister with Hardwicke Building. He has a broad practice with experience in personal injury, professional indemnity and malpractice, clinical negligence, general contract and insurance claims, and disciplinary tribunal inquiries. He became Chancellor of the Diocese of Rochester in 2005.
Paul Saber has a enjoyed a successful career in the restaurant industry. He was an owner/operator of McDonald’s restaurants from 1985-2001, owning 14 McDonald’s in New Mexico, and Senior Vice President, USA Corporate Division of McDonald’s from 2001- 2003. Paul served on the Board of Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities, as well as Serving as Chairman of the National Leadership Council of all McDonald’s operators. In 2003 Paul became President & CEO of Manna Development Group. Franklin Graham announced the appointment of Paul Saber as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on February 1, 2007. Paul has been involved with the BGEA and with Samaritan’s Purse for nearly twelve years. He joined the board of US Samaritan’s Purse Board in 2003 and serving on the executive committee of the San Diego Billy Graham Crusade in 2003. He also joined the US BGEA Board of Directors in 2006 and the UK Samaritan’s Purse Board in 2008. Paul and his wife Dianne have two children – Graham, 20, and Hannah, 17.
Simon Barrington- Executive Director
Simon Barrington is the Executive Director of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in the United Kingdom. Simon joined Samaritan’s Purse in September 2003 after a successful business career in the telecommunications industry, where he was a Senior Manager of British Telecommunication plc. Simon grew up in Cardiff and studied at Cardiff University. In 2011 Simon completed his Masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary, California and in free time enjoys reading, running, playing the piano and leading worship at his local Baptist Church.
Simon has travelled widely, having lived in Taiwan in his early twenties and then having the privilege to visit Samaritan’s Purse projects in many African countries and across Eastern Europe, Central Asia and South East Asia and the Middle East. Simon has strategic responsibility for Operation Christmas Child, our Disaster Response capability, and all of our long term development programmes which work through local Churches globally to impact the lives of some of the world’s poorest families. Simon is passionate about seeing the Good News of Jesus shared in word and in action through local people globally.
Victoria Fafalios- General Manager
Victoria Fafalios is General Manager for Samaritan’s Purse. Her role is focussed on day to day management at SP: developing and leading staff, systems, policies, processes and supporting the Executive Director. In addition, she is also the Company Secretary for Samaritan’s Purse. Previous to taking on her role as General Manager, Victoria was the Head of Human Resources. Victoria qualified as a chartered accountant with BDO Stoy Hayward, from where she joined the team at Premier Christian Radio. There she held the board position of Director of Finance and Administration as well as Company Secretary to CCP, publisher of Christianity and Youthwork magazine.
Ian Macleod- Head of UK Disaster Relief
Ian Macleod is now the Head of UK Disaster Relief which is a new ministry area that started after the Somerset Levels flooding in 2014. It combines the BGEA Rapid Response Team of volunteer chaplains with a Samaritans Purse Disaster Assistance Relief. Ian joined Samaritans Purse in July 2004 from Cadbury Trebor Bassett, where he held various Senior Management roles in Logistics and Distribution.
Simon Herbert – Director of Finance
Simon Herbert joined Samaritan’s Purse in July 2016 after more than decade with a large UK multi-national. Simon is a Chartered Accountant and is responsible for the operational Financial Management of the organisation as well as longer term strategy. Simon has previously served with another Christian NGO, spending six years in Mozambique and five years in the USA.
Brian Bennett- Head of Development
Brian Bennett is the Head of Development for both Samaritan’s Purse (SP) and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) in the UK. Brian joined SP in May 2009 as Head of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications and after six years, during which time he picked up responsibility for a number of additional senior roles in both SP and the BGEA, in 2015, Brian moved to head up a new Development function responsible for funding respective visions of SP and the BGEA in the UK. After 20 years in ‘high tech’ marketing roles with US multinational companies, and after a year on their Board, Brian joined United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) in 2003 where, amongst other things, he had responsibility for Fundraising, Marketing and Communications.
Chris Blackham- Head of Programmes & Projects
Chris joined Samaritan’s Purse UK in July 2012 after seven years’ service with Samaritan’s Purse in Uganda. While in Uganda Chris oversaw a staff team of 300 and a diverse development programme portfolio including health, water, food, nutrition, livelihoods and protection projects. Chris is no stranger to SP UK, having started his international career as one of our international staff, nor to the global Samaritan’s Purse family where he earned a strong reputation as Country Director in the field. Chris and his wife Jodi have two young children, Micah and Annabel.
Nick Cole – Head of OCC UK
Nick is the UK Director of Operation Christmas Child strategically leading and developing the OCC team and ministry in the UK, especially through strengthening our network of year-round Connect volunteer teams. All this with a view to increasing gospel opportunities for needy children around the world as more gift shoeboxes are generated and more children’s discipleship courses (The Greatest Journey) are offered.
He has been continuously involved for over 20 years in encouraging UK churches and individuals to engage in world mission, serving with Latin Link, Redcliffe mission training College, OMF International and most recently as Operations Director and mission elder at Tonbridge Baptist Church. In 2012 he re-initiated his church’s participation in OCC and developed their special partnership with Samaritan’s Purse’s Raising Families programme in Kyrgyzstan. He trained at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, USA, so loves to teach the Bible, especially demonstrating the missions heart of God.