our people

We serve in our local churches, as elders, youth workers, worship leaders and council members. We see no divide between what happens on a Sunday and the working week that follows.

We are accountants and lawyers, trainers and administrators. We work together to bring the best of our expertise to the Church, to cheer our fellow Christians on as they put faith into action around the world.

Michael O'Neill, Chief Executive

Mike joined Stewardship in January 2009 as Director of Philanthropy and was appointed CEO on 1 July 2010. Mike is the former Executive Director of Hope for New York, where he was responsible for philanthropy, fundraising and a team of almost 5700 volunteers, who supported almost 40 organisations caring for New York City's poor and marginalised communities. He is married to Donna and they have three children, who teach them a great deal about themselves! Mike and Donna are passionate about the end of modern day slavery - especially sex trafficking.

Frances Miles, Head of Giving Services

Frances has been with Stewardship since 2005. Initially Frances worked within our Insurance team and more recently as Giving Services manager.

Before joining Stewardship, Frances previously worked in recruitment, banking and local government.

She is a member of a Central London Methodist church and is married to a Methodist Minister.


Andy Simmons, Finance Director

Andrew is a native of Edinburgh, loves surfing, rowing and working with teenagers at his church, Holy Trinity Brompton. He has a degree in law, is a chartered accountant and has experience in auditing, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and real estate.

He started his career with Ernst & Young before moving into investment banking and recently stepped down as a partner for a corporate financial advisory group.

Kath HowellKath Howell, Operations Director

Kath joined Stewardship in 2012 as Operations Director. Initially, Kath started her career working as a chemical engineer and then made the curious career change to management consultancy where she worked across a variety of industries and organisations, both nationally and internationally, specialising in business transformation, process optimisation and employee engagement. Kath, husband Tim, and their son Micah, live in Cambridgeshire in a cottage they devoted five years to renovating. Kath is an active member of Kingsgate Community Church in Cambridge.

Daniel Jones, Head of Business Development

Daniel is responsible for marketing, communications, new product development and the content and education team at Stewardship. He is passionate about finding new ways to make giving easy. Before joining Stewardship, Daniel helped lead a growing Christian development charity, Hand in Hand, and now continues to serve as a trustee, as well as sitting on the steering committees of other local community groups. Daniel is married with a young daughter and is currently exploring life in a new, local, ecumenical church plant.

Kevin RussellKevin Russell, Technical Director

Kevin is a chartered accountant and was previously a tax consultant with Price Waterhouse. Recognised as a leading authority on charity law, tax and finance in the Christian sector, Kevin is an accomplished conference speaker and a key liaison with regulators, such as the Charity Commission, HMRC and the Treasury, as well as with Government. He is Vice Chairman of the Charity Tax Group and authors many of Stewardship's Briefing Papers. Kevin is married to Carol and they have three adult children. He is a member of Edmonton Baptist Church in North London.

Stephen Mathews, Head of Accountancy and Consultancy Services

Stephen is Head of Accountancy and Consultancy Services at Stewardship and has spent over 25 years in the accountancy profession. Stephen manages the team that provide the Accounts Examination and Consulting services. He is a trustee for a number of small Christian charities and has been involved in various church leadership roles over 20 years.

David Vardy (Chairman)

David has spent all his working life in business and with a wide variety of Christian ministries. He has a passion to see resources for the Kingdom released and Christians have the impact in society necessary to fulfil the Great Commission.

He is currently a Trustee of a number of charities involved in resourcing the local church for national and international impact. He has been involved in church leadership for many years and was part of the pioneer team of Bethany City Church, a new church plant in Sunderland, which began in 2004. He is passionate about helping a younger generation of Christian leaders reach their full potential.

He has been married to Rosemary for more than 45 years and they have three children, all now married. They now live in Edinburgh.

Simon Blake

Simon Blake

Simon is an accountant working in practice in the city of London specialising in corporate finance. He is passionate about using his professional skill set for the work of Christ throughout his life and joined Stewardship as a trustee in 2008, having been a client in various capacities for over 10 years. Simon is a deacon and church treasurer, and is married with two sons. That doesn't mean much time off, but escaping to Cornwall is something the family does whenever possible.

Sandra Cobbin

Sandra Cobbin

Sandra enjoys a diverse career providing management and leadership training and coaching for business, charity and church leaders. She is a trained mediator, working with churches experiencing conflict. Sandra is married to Steve (a Baptist Pastor) and has two grown up step-sons. She enjoys reading, walking, going to the cinema and spending time with friends. Sandra is passionate about Stewardship's core values. In her own words, Sandra has said, "I'm delighted to be part of the team of Stewardship Trustees, to work with people who live the values they profess."

Graham Dunn

Graham was, most recently, chairman of a business that supplied horticulture products to the major retailers including M&S, Tesco and B&Q. Over the past 3 years he has trained as a Baptist Minister, ordained in October 2011 and has pastoral responsibility for Barnack Baptist Church near Peterborough. Graham is married to Karen and they have six children. In his free time he loves to ski, cycle and swim. Last year Graham cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats. 'This year I am planning a 250 mile bike ride in 24 hours - but with only 4 months to go my training has not even started so this may be a challenge too far!'

Luke Fletcher

Luke Fletcher

Luke is a solicitor by profession and practices in the Charity and Social Enterprise Department at Bates, Wells and Braithwaite, next to St Paul's Cathedral in the heart of London. His professional interests include social finance, education and political engagement by charities. He is a self professed fan of Stewardship and claims to be indebted to the excellent services received through the Giving Services Team over the years and to the impact Share magazine has had on his views about money and the practice of giving. He believes Stewardship has a unique role to play in the UK church to encourage discipleship and generosity in money matters.

David Flowers

David Flowers

David lives and works in Leeds. He is married to Alison and they have two sons. David is a founding director of Flowers McEwan Ltd, a registered Financial Adviser specialising in Financial Planning & Asset Management for high net worth individuals, charities and small businesses. He and his wife Alison are also the founding Pastors of the Wharfedale Vineyard, a thriving church based in Leeds. David has a wealth of experience helping people look after their money and become generous givers. He helped found the Association of Christian Financial Advisers and sits on the board of Vineyard Churches UK & Ireland.

Heather Grizzle

Heather Grizzle

Heather is a partner in a boutique consultancy (ASG Advisors) that advises corporate foundations, high net worth individuals and executives on their philanthropic and positioning efforts. Her background includes work in the White House and the U.S. House of Representatives, as well corporate and financial communications in New York. Heather is a member of the Holy Trinity Brompton Development Board, and was previously on the boards of Amistad Mission and Intervarsity New York. She is married to Ben, and they have four children - Abigail, Annarose, Rachel, and Caleb.

Gareth Russell

Gareth Russell

Born in Glasgow, Gareth graduated with an honours degree in marketing and has worked across various media industries both in the UK and India, focusing particularly on publishing, music, branding and marketing. In 2009, he set up Jersey Road Limited - a full service PR & Marketing agency serving both Christian agencies and secular companies spanning Aid & Development to Waste Management. Gareth sits on the board of three Christian charities and is passionate about what he does. He is committed to helping individuals and organisations discover creative inspiration and vision for their journey.

Michael Wright

Michael Wright

Michael is an Investment Director of Rathbone Investment Management Limited, managing private client portfolios, pension funds and specialising in charities with ethical constraints, both in the U.K. and overseas. Prior to joining Laurence Prust in 1979, he trained and qualified in the Private Client Department of Grieveson Grant & Co., in the City. Michael is a Fellow of the Securities Institute. He is a member of an Anglican church in Knightsbridge, Holy Trinity Brompton and an Alpha Partner. His interests include sailing, skiing, painting, squash and chess.

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