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Manager and Company Secretary of The Congregational Federation: Mark Tucker

mark TuckerThe CFL Manager is responsible for managing the trustee body (The Congregational Federation Ltd) which acts as Custodian Trustee for both the Congregational Federation and the majority of churches affiliated to it. The CFL Manager is also Company Secretary. The CFL Manager is the first point of contact for churches regarding issues arising from the trusteeship including matters concerning people and property, legal issues, building issues, church management and governance.

Mark was appointed to the role in 2007, his background is General Business Management and his previous roles include multi-site management as a Regional Manager, and also general management within a professional sports club. Academically, he graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 1994 with an Honours Degree in Law. Mark is a lifelong Christian, and ‘brought up’ a Methodist attending his local chapel in a small Welsh mining village. He is very aware of the struggles and challenges facing small Christian fellowships. Mark is a passionate Rugby supporter, and attends many of Wales’s home matches at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Safeguarding Officer: Lisa Vickers

Lisa joined the CF at the beginning of January 2015 as Safeguarding Officer. Lisa’s role is to undertake all the necessary functions of an Officer for Safeguarding, such as maintaining up-to-date DBS/PVG checks for all those listed in the Federation Year Book, Safeguarding advice and guidance to Churches and issuing of Safeguarding Certificates for Keep Safe Churches. Lisa also administers the Accreditation Process on behalf of the Pastoral Care Board and takes minutes for PCB and Christian Ministry Committee meetings.

Social Media and Website Officer: Neil Chappell

Neil ChappellNeil started working for the Federation in November 2013. Previously he was Minister at Greenacres Congregational Church in Oldham, having commenced there after finishing his training course at Northern College in 1993.

Neil now works with the other staff to maintain the Congregational Federational website, and to raise the profile of the Congregational Federation through Social Media. He also has a remit to help the churches of the Congregational Federation with their internet presence, working as much as possible with Area associations to help with communication. He helps out with training and the practical running of activities like the May Assembly.

He works part-time for the Federation, and is also employed part-time as Minister of Southam and Bishop's Itchington Congregational Church. Neil lives with his wife, Debby, in Southam, where Debby is a Teaching Assistant in a local school. Their daughter Charlotte is a teacher, their son Kristian works in the hospitality sector, and their youngest son, Jacob, is at De Montfort University in Leicester studying Architecture.

Administrator: Sam Coleman

Sam works closely with the Admin team to ensure the smooth running of the office administration. Her work includes providing general administration in various areas of the organisation, reception and telephone duties, dealing with incoming e-mails and faxes, the production of letters, reports and minutes, managing bookings and support for CF/CFL events.

Sam is are also responsible for the ordering of stationery, keeping database records up to date and Year Book preparation. She prepares and distribute CF/CFL mailings, publications and information, service various Councils, Committees, Executive & Board meetings, and oversee catering and room requirements for meetings. Arranging accommodation at a local hotel for visitors, website maintenance, handling petty cash and managing bookings for CF properties are also part of her duties.