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Treasurer of The Children’s Society to join Stewardship as new Chair of Trustees

STEWARDSHIP has announced the appointment of Chris Gillies as a trustee, who will become the charity’s new Chair of Trustees from June 2022. He will succeed Simon Blake who completes twelve years’ service as a trustee, the last three as Chair.

Chris has 40 years experience of in leading, growing and building businesses in the UK and internationally. He is Treasurer of The Children’s Society, a church warden of St Aldates in Oxford, and Deputy Chair of Westminster Theological Centre.

Chris commented:

“Stewardship’s vision for ‘the world to encounter Jesus through the generosity of His Church’ is one that inspires me profoundly. The Stewardship values of generosity, integrity, relationship, excellence and justice resonate very strongly with me. It’s a privilege to represent and serve Stewardship as a Trustee and, in due course, as Chair.”

He joins Stewardship during a phase of very significant growth and renewal, which saw annual income to its Donor Advised Fund exceed £100m, the acquisition of Kingdom Bank in 2019, and the relaunch of the charity’s brand and technology platforms in 2021.

Simon Blake, Stewardship’s outgoing Chair, commented:

“I’m delighted that Chris is joining the Stewardship team and serving in this way. I cannot recommend the people and the experience of serving Stewardship’s mission highly enough. My time as Chair has been the most enormous privilege.  It has been a joy and a blessing to serve a charity dedicated to helping Christians, Churches and Charities to generously give and resource their causes to make a difference in Jesus’ name.”

Stewart McCulloch, the CEO of Stewardship, added:

“Stewardship has been truly blessed by Simon’s ambition for us to thrive and his dynamic leadership. I am thrilled to welcome Chris to continue to build and grow our mission from its solid foundations to be an even greater blessing to those we serve”

Chris concluded:

“The Stewardship team has laid the foundations for future growth.  This is an exciting time to join the organisation, as we encourage a significant increase in generosity, stewarded well, for even greater impact.”

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