Global Care’s Board of Trustees work to ensure that our activities as a charity remain true to our mission statement. They make sure that we use the money you have given us in the best possible way to truly impact the lives of the most vulnerable children worldwide. We carefully select our Trustees to give us a breadth of experience and expertise related to what we do.
Mark was brought up in Northern Ireland and became a Christian as a teenager. After moving to the University of Warwick in England (reading Law) he met Ron Newby and was there at the beginnings of Global Care. Mark then spent 25 years in international business for large British, American and French groups – visiting every continent except Australia and clocking up 2 million air miles in the process! Mark moved into the retirement housing sector 14 years ago, initially building large retirement villages for ExtraCare Charitable Trust, and now as a Director of Anchor Trust, the largest not-for-profit provider of older peoples’ accommodation in the country (with 36,000 residents and 9000 staff in over 1000 locations).
Mark and his wife Karen are leaders at Canley Community Church in Coventry. They have three children and eight grandchildren.
Jane is married to Chris. They have lived in Coventry since 1989, returning to the UK after teaching in Kenya for three years, including being part of the team which established a secondary school. They have two daughters and one son-in-law. Jane and Chris are members of Jubilee Church.
Jane has worked within Coventry’s Adult Education Service for 26 years and is currently the Academic Manager for English, overseeing learning opportunities for adults across the city.
Jane has been a trustee of Global Care since May 2019, bringing to the board her experience of living and working in an international context.
Sue Matejtschuk FCA
Sue joined the board of trustees in 2008 having been one of Global Care’s original child sponsors and Global Care’s first accountant, over 35 years ago. She is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and is a member of the finance sub-committee .Sue is an active member of Grange Baptist Church in Letchworth Garden City. Sue has visited our projects in Uganda, and along with her husband Paul will be part of a volunteer team from her church visiting Global Care’s project in Zambia this summer. Sue and Paul have two grown-up children and several Global Care sponsored children in Uganda and Zambia.
When not at her desk or acting out her role as her church’s hospitality co-ordinator, Sue loves to read, helps Paul on their allotment, and is an avid ‘compére’ and keen committee member of the London Competitor’s Club.
Rev Keith Parr BSc MA (theo)
Keith is a Baptist Minister serving in the North West of the UK. Having spent over 20 years in various ministry posts in and around Coventry, he accepted the free transfer to Merseyside to be Senior Minister of Maghull Baptist Church, a town north of Liverpool. He gets excited over vision casting and asking awkward questions in meetings. His connection with Global Care started just after he gave his life to Christ, eventually becoming a Trustee four years ago.
When he is not preaching and teaching or being serially disappointed over his beloved Spurs (that’s the football team), he reads a ridiculous amount, disappears to Scotland to walk and write and thinks he is a great guitarist. But he is really happiest when drinking coffee and talking about Jesus, as the staff of Costa Coffee in Maghull know well (other coffee shops are available).
John Scott MA, DAES and Cert. Ed.
John is an experienced Children’s Services professional with substantial senior management experience in school, residential, health and local authority settings. He retired in March 2012 from a post as Assistant Director of Children’s Services with North Tyneside Council. John brings to the board his significant knowledge and experience of specialist services for disabled children as well as helping establish and being chair of Global Care North East, a volunteer group. He and his wife Anne have visited projects in Cambodia, India, Uganda, Guatemala, Honduras and Sri Lanka. John reports back on visits to the trustees and has found that such visits inform and motivate his work with Global Care.
Since retiring John has been able to dedicate more time to support the work of Global Care. He also has experience of working with undergraduate and post-graduate students as a pastoral tutor at St John’s College, Durham University. He is a trustee of Pathways4All, a north east charity for children with severe and complex needs and is also a Methodist local preacher and Methodist Safeguarding Officer and trainer. John became Chair of Trustees for Global Care in May 2019.
Helen Tucker LLB Hons, Solicitor
Helen joined the trustees in 2017. Helen was keen to remain involved with Global Care after taking part in a volunteer team visit to Uganda with her son. Helen has been a qualified solicitor for over 20 years and works as a partner at a Birmingham law firm. She is passionate about seeing justice done for children in need around the world.
Helen is married to Adam and has two sons. The family sponsor a number of Global Care children. She is an active member of Lawrence Saunders Road Baptist Church in Coventry, involved in the youth group and music and worship.