Board of Trustees
Chair & Archdeacon of Macclesfield
Ian is Archdeacon of Macclesfield and was the first Chair of TLT when it was formed. He is also the Chair of the Chester Diocesan Committee for Social Responsibility and a member of many of the Diocesan Committees. He is a part of the Leaders Advisory Group for Cheshire East Council and a trustee of various charitable groups. He recently completed an MA in Theological and Pastoral Studies and is a former Chartered Surveyor. His passion is for the local Church to be transformational in communities and individuals. His other passion is Sport and fitness and he still plays golf and cricket despite the pain and decreasing ability. He is married to Sue and has three adult children.
Corniel is originally from The Netherlands and moved to the UK in 2003. He worked in Health and Social Care with vulnerable children and young adults before studying Psychology. In 2009 he started a grassroots Fairtrade initiative at his local Anglican Church. A year later this “accidentally” turned into a Fairtrade only coffee business (Jurang Wholesale Ltd), which he continues to run today. Corniel has been active in his local Parish Church at different levels. He has been involved in children and youth ministry, Creative Arts ministry and Alpha. He was a deputy Church Warden and served as a PCC member for several years. Corniel is married to Kim, an Anglican Priest. Together with their two daughters they live in St Albans where Kim is based at the Cathederal. He enjoys cooking, walking, cycling and music.
Rev Tina Upton
Tina Upton is the Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Blacon, Chester, where she has been since 2012. She has a passion for making God known through word and deed, and helping people come to a living faith in Christ. Before ordination, she was a Psychiatrist, and her medical practice showed her the needs of those who have broken lives or who suffer poverty. She believes in the power of social action to demonstrate God’s love to all, and at Holy Trinity she has developed a community outreach programme. She has also been instrumental in working across agencies to improve what is provided for young people across the community. Tina is married, with three children and one grand-daughter.
Rev Andrew Knight
Andrew is Priest-in-Charge of St. Mary’s Church in the parish of Partington and Carrington in Chester Diocese, comprising a large overspill social housing estate from Manchester and industrial parks. Andrew has a passion for seeing people come to a mature, personal faith and a vibrant and fulfilling relationship with Jesus, encouraging and enabling the God-given gifts of others to empower them to transform their communities through Christian service, worship and witness. Andrew has a heart for people on the margins and also volunteers as an Ambassador for the charity People Against Poverty for whom he has worked with street children and their families in Romania, and with projects that reach the homeless in the city of Manchester. Before ordination Andrew was a commercial services manager in a scientific pharmaceutical research company and is a research chemist by training. In his spare time Andrew enjoys outdoor adventure sports, yet is most relaxed with a good book, having friends round for dinner or in a local pub with a pint of real ale.
Myrtle is a third generation Salvationist and is the Community Team Leader at Rock Ferry Salvation Army Community Church in Wirral. For many years her work at church focussed on children and young people but since retirement in 2016 she has widened that involvement and helped to develop a broad spectrum of community based services and activities including ‘Open Doors’ (Place of Welcome) drop-in session, Memory Café for those living with dementia and their carers, Lunch Club, Community Café, Christian Journalling and food distribution.
She is passionate about her church being alive and relevant in the local community with the mission of seeking and growing in Christ, sharing the gospel and showing God’s love to others through practical care and support.
Myrtle is also a member of the Salvation Army’s Emergency Response Team for the North West and North Wales and has latterly become involved in the Army’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery work.
Myrtle worked for 26 years at Age UK Wirral, 23 years of which as Chief Executive. She was involved in Age UK at regional and national level and in Wirral’s local voluntary and community sectors. She is a member of the Board of Forum Housing Association, supporting homeless young people.
Myrtle is married with two sons and 5 grandchildren.
Canon Jane Brooke
Board Member - Chester Cathedral
Jane Brooke is Vice Dean and Canon Missioner at Chester Cathedral with an oversight for the education work of the cathedral, exhibitions and outreach in the city and the diocese.
As a self supporting minister, Jane has been the Diocesan Adviser for Women’s Ministry in the Chester Diocese, Assistant Priest at St Georges Church Poynton, Priest in Charge at St Paul’s Church Compstall, leader of Initial Ministerial Training (IME) book reading group, a Ministerial Development Reviewer for clergy.
Jane taught RE for over 20 years (teaching pupils from ages 3 to 18), worked for the Christian Education Movement for five years and then worked in local authorities for over 10 years as Religious Education Adviser and Principal Secondary School Improvement Adviser. Jane was chair of NASACRE (National Association for Standing Association Committee of Religious Education) for two years and is Chair of AREIAC (Association for RE Inspectors, Advisers and Consultants).
Rev Margaret Jones
Prior to ordination, Margaret taught, for over twenty years, in an inner-city high school in Manchester, where she learned to care for the ethnically diverse communities living there and to be particularly concerned for the poor and disadvantaged. After ordination, Margaret spent twelve years in ministry, first in Altrincham, and then in Whaley Bridge, before retiring at the end of 2019.
More recently, Margaret undertook a Doctorate in Practical Theology, exploring a new strategic model of community engagement emerging to address issues of social justice and environmental concern. Her thesis identifies that this organic, social enterprise form of partnership offers the established church a potential means to engage in community-based social action in today’s world and, whenever possible she encourages churches to find others in their community with whom to work.
Family is very important to Margaret and she has three children (all teachers!) and six grandchildren. She is a Rotarian, and through Rotary, she has visited India on 4 occasions to assist with polio immunisation. She also enjoys gardening, walking, and music.