Our Church Board of Trustees: “The Vestry”
Our Church Board of Trustees: “The Vestry”
The Vestry oversees the business affairs of the church.
Although the staff team are responsible for the development and implementation of our strategies and plans, the Vestry plays a key role in advising and supporting the staff as well as ensuring accountability to the wider church community.
Our Vestry Members are a group of gifted leaders, not just in terms of business expertise but equally crucially in their ability to maintain unity and preserve the relational health of what is now a complex, fast moving organisation.
St Mungo’s is also a registered Charity. This means Vestry Members, as well as being the official employer, additionally bear all the responsibilities of Charity Trustees. Core Vestry Members serve for a period of three years with two members stepping down each year, to be replaced by two candidates who are elected at the Church Annual General Meeting.
Iain has been a member of St Mungo’s for 14 years and has served on Vestry and the Tech Team. Currently the Rector’s Warden, Iain is married to Karen, is CEO of Bethany Christian Trust and serves on the boards of a number of organisations.
Alison has been in St Mungo’s for 27 years and in that time has been involved in various areas of church life including youth work, Minis, Women’s Ministry and “Mum to Mum”. Married to Graham with 2 daughters, Alison trained as a Chartered Accountant and was Church Treasurer for 12 years.
Steve has been at St Mungo’s for 22 years, having joined while as a student at Heriot-Watt. He serves on the worship team and leads a house group with his wife Michelle. During the week Steve is one of the directors of a design consultancy firm in Edinburgh.
Susan has been at St Mungo’s for 12 years, serving as a Prayer Cell Leader (with her husband, Iain), Adventurers team member, Welcome team member and part of the HOTS (Healing on the Streets) team that acts with Holy Trinity Wester Hailes. Susan is a Partner in am Edinburgh legal firm, where one of her particular areas of expertise is dealing with Trusts and Charities.
John has been at St Mungo’s for 3 years, and leads the ‘Love After Marriage’ Course with his wife Liz. After 30 years in business, John now serves as a governor at an independent Christian School, does occasional consulting for churches and charities, spends time writing, and enjoying six grand-children.
Mark has been at St Mungo’s 17 years, serving as a House Group Leader, Tech Team Leader and Investment sub-committee member. Mark is married to Emma, works at a global Bank and is an experienced Charity Trustee with substantial overseas mission experience.
Rachael joined St Mungo’s in 1999. She is a Climbers team leader and previously served in the youth ministry, leading cell groups and the RS2 programme. Rachael works as a fundraiser, is trustee and treasurer of a charity supporting women in Zimbabwe, and is married to Cal with two young children.
Gill has been at St Mungo’s for 12 years, serves on the Staff Salary Review Group, helps out as a host at our services and is on the prayer ministry team. Gill is HR Director at a large Edinburgh-based UK Financial Services Company and is married to Devin.
Mark has been at St Mungo’s 3 years and leads Refine, our discipleship and social group for S6-25 year olds. Mark is married to Sarah and works as a GP Partner at an Edinburgh Medical Practice.
Malcolm is the Rector (senior minister) of St Mungo’s, and as such oversees all the activities of the church, though many are delegated to the staff team and to a wider leadership within the church. He also has a role in networking with local and national churches.
Katherine is responsible for managing the church’s money, supported by Ruth Smith. Katherine qualified as a chartered accountant whilst working for Ernst & Young in Aberdeen in 2000. She has worked for several charities over the last 10 years in both a voluntary and paid capacity. She’s in the office Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Derek is responsible for the smooth running of the church organisation. His role includes assisting Malcolm, managing the staff team, stewarding the physical, operational and financial resources (e.g. buildings, people, technology, administration and mission giving/partnerships) and supporting the Church Board on governance issues. Derek has a background in business leadership.
Useful to know
Download the 2016 Annual Report of the Vestry here