The USPG Board of Trustees
Chair: John Neilson is Secretary of Imperial College London. Before that he worked in central Government including as Principal Private Secretary to the Energy Secretary, director of gas and electricity regulator Ofgem and leading the team advising ministers on the universities’ research budget. He has just completed a ten-year term on the Audit Committee of the Archbishops’ Council.
Richard Barrett chairs the USPG Finance & Audit Committee. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and spent most of his career providing financial management and process improvement advice to a wide range of organisations. Richard is also a Trustee of The Shakespeare Hospice and The Friendship Project for Children. He is an Authorised Lay Minister in his local Anglican Church.
Martin Canning is a Reader in the Diocese of Bath and Wells. He is a retired businessman with experience in marketing, business development and commercial management. From 2010 to 2012 he was a USPG mission companion in Tanzania. He is on the member's council of Shared Interest, and has experience of being a trustee in the charity sector.
The Revd Canon Prof Patrick Comerford is a lecturer in Anglicanism, Liturgy and Church History at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin and a priest in the Diocese of Limerick. A journalist for 30 years, he is a former Foreign Desk Editor of The Irish Times.
Sheila Cook is a journalist working in broadcasting with 30 years' experience of producing national and international political and current affairs programmes, primarily for radio. She is a longstanding member of her local church where she is a communion assistant, intercessor and choir member.
Dave Friswell was a USPG missionary in Malawi in the mid-1990s. He held a number of roles within USPG before becoming CEO of the Melanesian Mission and then Director of the World Church Team of the Methodist Church in Britain, overseeing mission personnel, programmes, funding and relationships globally. David now leads the Methodist Learning Network team in the East of England supporting churches in local mission, evangelism and growth.
The Rt Revd Jonathan Frost is Bishop of Southampton. He has served in two parishes, in police and university chaplaincy, inter-faith relations and as a Residentiary Canon. His priorities in ministry focus on prayer and holiness, the encouragement of lay discipleship and vocation, evangelism and social justice. Bishop Jonathan represents the Suffragan Bishops of the Province of Canterbury on the Church of England's General Synod.
The Revd Canon Dr Daphne Green is Provincial Chaplain and Researcher to the Archbishop of York. Prior to that she was Rector of Stanningley Parish in Leeds. Before ordination she worked in publishing and as a director of a marketing, PR and consultancy agency. She has taught in India and has a strong interest in world mission and international development.
The Rt Revd Joanna Penberthy, Bishop of St Davids, was enthroned in 2017, returning to the diocese where she ministered from 1993-2010 and where she was among the first women to be ordained. Bishop Jo is married to the Revd Adrian Legg. She is currently studying for a PhD in quantum physics and also enjoys reading and bird-watching.
The Revd Christopher Rogers is a curate in Catford, having previously been a commercial barrister for 11 years. He has a particular interest in Africa, having spent time in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. He is Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Oxford and a trustee of a music charity. He has also served as Chairman of the London Philharmonic Orchestra's young supporters group.
The Revd Dr Carlton Turner was born in the Bahamas, a descendant of the first Black Anglican priest in the country. He trained for ordination at Codrington College, Barbados, and was ordained in 2005. He is a tutor at the Queens Foundation in Birmingham, with a specific brief for BAME support. He has been involved with USPG since 2010 on the Journey with Us programme and Rethinking Mission.
Martin Uden is a former British diplomat, who served as Head of Post in Seoul, San Francisco and Lagos, and worked for the UN in New York on sanctions against North Korea and for HSBC in Hong Kong. His home has been in Fulham where he worshipped at St John’s Walham Green, but he has recently moved to Taplow. He works part-time for his alma mater, Queen Mary University of London.