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Governance and leadership

Scripture Union is a charitable company limited by guarantee, incorporated on 28 October 1893 and registered as a charity on 3 January 1966

SU's governance structure

The Trustees of SU have overall responsibility for ensuring the effective and efficient operation of the organisation within charity and company law and the objects of the Movement. Trustees hold the legal responsibility of the Movement and meet with the Leadership Team as the Board four times a year.

Council, whose members are broadly representative of SU's areas of work and community, provides a forum for the development of spiritual vision and discernment of God's leading and advises the Board on the overall direction of the Movement. It has no executive powers and its key responsibilities are to ensure that the Aims, Belief and Working Principles are applied, to review the progress made towards fulfilling the movement plan and to elect Trustees. The Council of up to 36 members (including the Board) meets twice a year for a full-day meeting.

Audit Committee
The Audit Committee helps the Trustees meet their responsibilities by providing independent oversight of SU's systems of internal control, risk management and financial reporting, and through supervision of the quality, independence and effectiveness of both the internal and external auditors. It is a sub-committee of the Board, meets at least twice a year and its membership comprises trustees and volunteers.

Nominations Committee
The Nominations Committee has responsibility for all areas covered by the Appointments Policy, the Induction Policy and the Leaving Policy for Council Members. It is a sub-committee of Council, meets regularly and its membership comprises representatives of trustees, Council and staff.

More information about SU's governance and structure is available in our Annual Report and Accounts.

Meet our Trustees

Scripture Union relies on the support and advice of our Trustees who come from a range of backgrounds and who all share our passion for inviting children and young people to explore the difference Jesus can make to the challenges and adventures of life.

SU’s trustees, who are also directors of the charity for the purposes of the Companies Act, are appointed for a three-year term of office and can stand for a maximum of three consecutive terms of office.

Find out more about our current Trustees:

Keith Civval

Keith Civval

Chair of Trustees - appointed 2010
Based in Oxfordshire
Previously SU's Chief Executive (2001-09)
Co-leader of One Hundred % (SU holiday)
Richard Godden - Chair Designate

Richard Godden

Chair of Trustees-Designate - appointed 2018
Based in London
Corporate Lawyer
Kim Hurst

Kim Hurst

Honorary Treasurer - appointed 2017
Chair of Audit Committee
Based in Middlesex
Chartered Accountant
Clive Beard

Clive Beard

Appointed 2011
Based in Hampshire
Volunteer on SU holidays since 1987
Civil Servant
Steve Hallett

Steve Hallett

Appointed 2014
Based in Buckinghamshire
Commercial experience
Local lay minister
Eddie Scrase-Field

Eddie Scrase-Field

Appointed 2012
Based in London
Member of Abersoch Beach mission for many years.
Vicar in Church of England
Clare Walker

Clare Walker

Appointed 2010
Based in North Somerset
Former leader of Full On! (SU holiday)
Tim Warren - trustee

Tim Warren

Appointed 2015
Based in Middlesex
Member of SU's Audit Committee

Meet our Council

Members of Council are appointed for a three-year term of office and can stand for a maximum of three consecutive terms of office.

Find out more about our current Council members:

  • Penny Boshoff (President)
    Region: South East - appointed: 2018
  • Matt Ager
    Representing: Schools - region: South East - appointed: 2013
  • Marlene Botha 
    Representing: children and young people with no church connections - region: South East - appointed: 2012
  • Nicola Clarkson
    Representing: Holidays - region: Central - appointed: 2015
  • Pippa Elliot
    Representing: Regions - region: North East & Yorks - appointed: 2014
  • Andrew Flynn
    Representing: Digital - region: Central - appointed: 2014
  • John Grayston
    Representing: Digital - region: South East - appointed: 2012
  • Mark Griffiths
    Representing: The 95, Wales - region: Wales - appointed: 2018
  • Alex Kittow
    Representing: International, Governance - region: South West - appointed: 2014
  • Sandra Morris
    Representing: Schools - region: North West - appointed: 2012
  • Grace Mote
    Representing: Holidays, Young people - region: South East - appointed: 2014
  • Josh Tate
    Representing: Mission through sport - region: South East - appointed: 2018
  • Joy Wright
    Representing: Regions - region: North West - appointed: 2012

Details of any current vacancies for membership of Council will be shown in the jobs section of our website

Meet our Leadership Team

Our Trustees work closely with our leadership team to guide their decision-making on strategic issues and hold them to account for their leadership of the organisation.

Each member of the Leadership Team has a specific area of responsibility within the movement.

Find out more about the members of our leadership team:

Tim Hastie-Smith, National Director, Scripture Union England and Wales

Tim Hastie-Smith

* National Director
* Provides a focal point for the spiritual leadership of the movement in partnership with the trustees and leadership team
*Advocate, encourager, influencer
Myles MacBean

Myles MacBean

National Director-Designate
David Thorpe, Managing Director, Scripture Union England and Wales

David Thorpe

* Managing Director
* Has management responsibility for the staff, finances and mission activities of the movement
Terry Clutterham, Mission Innovation Director, Scripture Union England and Wales

Terry Clutterham

* Mission Innovation Director
* Directs the mission of the content innovation team
Keren Mallinson, Mission Development Director, Scripture Union England and Wales

Keren Mallinson

* Mission Development Director
* Directs the mission of the regional and residential teams across the movement

Key documents

The Annual Report contains a full review of highlights and a financial summary for the year to 31 March 2018.
At Scripture Union, keeping children safe is of paramount importance, and the need to provide adequate care for children and young people is at the forefront of any event planning
Discover what we believe by looking at SU's global aims, belief and working principles

SU is governed by its Articles of Association which were adopted with effect from 1 October 2009

Josiah Spiers Benevolent Fund

The Josiah Spiers Benevolent Fund, (JSBF) was set up in 2012 to give financial and other practical assistance to former SU staff and their spouses who are in retirement. It is named after the Scripture Union pioneer who led the first beach mission in 1868.  The Trustees include former Scripture Union Council members and retired SU staff.

The Fund has been able to help former staff in a variety of ways, including the replacement of domestic appliances, travel costs  for hospital appointments, meet a hefty dental bill, and provide a grant for a short holiday break.  The Trustees also make annual ‘Christmas Awards’.

In addition to the practical help the Fund gives, the Trustees seek to express care and appreciation to their former colleagues now in retirement, by keeping in touch through letters, phone calls and visits; in this way they know they are not forgotten.

For further information about the JSB Fund please contact Hilary Blair, Hon. Secretary by email: [email protected]

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