Executive Board

PACT's Executive Board is made up of trustees who voluntarily govern the charity's operations. Many of the trustees also sit on sub-committees responsible for various aspects of PACT's activities.

  • Jim Brown

    Chairman, Executive Board

    Jim has been a director in the Energy and Utilities industry working in Information Technology and Finance in the Water and Energy Retail sectors. He is an independent Business Consultant providing mentoring and coaching services for senior industry clients. Living in Berkshire for 30 years, Jim and his wife have a busy family life with an extended family of three sons and five grandsons. Jim has worked with PACT for two years and was recently appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees. "I am a trustee because I strongly believe that PACT positively contributes to the future of children and families through its dedication and efforts."

  • Anthony King

    Member of Communities, HR and Adoption committees, Executive Board

    Anthony became a barrister in 1966 and for the last 20 years has been a Circuit Judge trying cases in the Criminal and Family Courts. He has lived in the Thames Valley area since 1973 and is married with three children and, so far, four grandchildren. He had served on his PCC, Deanery Synod and Oxford Board for Social Responsibility. He has been a PACT Trustee since December 2013. " During my 47 years practising in the law I have been convinced that a secure and loving home is the first essential for ensuring that all children have the best start in life and are able to face the future with confidence. I hope to play my part with PACT in helping children and carers to achieve this." Qualifications MA Oxon

  • Diana Hasting MBE

    Member of Communities and Adoption committees, Executive Board

    Diana is serving on the PCC and Abingdon Deanery Synod, and has been elected to Diocesan Synod for 15 years, serving on the Board of Social Responsibility until its demise. She is a Trustee of the Oxford Diocesan Mothers’ Union with responsibility for (non-Branch-based) Diocesan Members – including the Bishop of Oxford! From her first marriage she had four children and now has nine grandchildren, the eldest born in 1984. (She also has three step-children and five step-grandchildren) As a single parent for six years with four young children, Diana worked freelance as a secretary, conference organiser, membership administrator, cook, or scrubbed floors if nothing else came up. Her experience of single parenthood led her 15 years ago to volunteer for PACT where she has served on the former Awareness Raising committee, the Housing & Community Committee, and now on the Adoption Panel and A&F Committee. She and her late husband Peter were local Poppy Appeal Organisers. All very different from her first job at No.10 when the Suez Canal flowed through Lady Eden’s drawing-room. Qualifications: BA(Th) Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology

  • Guy Davies

    Treasurer of Executive Board, Member of Adoption, Communities and HR committees, Executive Board

    Guy has spent 25 years working in finance mostly as a private equity investor. Until 2011 he was a partner and global head of financing for an international investment firm working on new transactions and with its portfolio of over 25 companies. He has worked with organisations of all sizes and across many countries on helping them to grow. He is also a trustee of Social Business Trust, a partnership of 7 world class businesses that works with social enterprises to help them scale up their operations.

    Guy grew up in Berkshire and lives in Wimbledon with his wife and two children.

    "It’s inspiring to spend time with the PACT team because of their enthusiasm and lasting contribution to the lives of children. My ambition as a trustee is to help PACT use its skills to support even more children."

    Qualifications: ACA Chartered Accountant, BSc (Economics)

  • Rev’d Timothy Edge MA BSc C.Eng MIET FRAS

    Chair of Communities committee, Executive Board

    Tim Lives in Witney, where he is married with three children in their twenties. He has been in full time ordained ministry for over 14 years in parishes, plus over 6 years as a Prison Chaplain. When a Parish Vicar, he was a joint founder of "Witney Families Together."  Tim currently serves as chair of the “Communities” sub-committee of the board and has been as a PACT Trustee since 2000.

    Currently Tim is undertaking a Doctorate in Ministry (DThM) at Durham University, St John’s college researching how the faith of Christian volunteers in the community has been affected by their work, and how their churches respond. He is also Chairperson of the “Oxford Diocesan Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing”, a Deanery Vocations Adviser, and assists in ministry within Oxford Diocese, including preaching, group facilitation and tutoring work. Before training for the Anglican ministry, Tim was a Chartered Engineer in Telecommunications, and his hobbies include astronomy.

    “It has been a great privilege to see how PACT has developed excellent care for children and families over the years, and witness the commitment of PACT to respond to families in need by offering practical and innovative local initiatives.”

    Qualifications: MA Theology, Politics and Faith Based Organisations; BSc. Electronic Engineering; C.Eng Chartered Engineer MIET; Certificate in Theology, Westcott House, Cambridge; Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

  • Rev Sue Booys

    Member of Communities and HR committees, Executive Board

    Sue is Rector of Dorchester Abbey in Oxfordshire where she very much enjoyed hosting last year’s PACT Carol Concert. She studied history and then trained as a teacher and worked in a variety of secondary comprehensive schools before becoming an Anglican priest in the mid 1990’s.

    Sue is married to Richard, an engineer who is also a Scout District Commissioner. They have three adult children.

    Sue first heard about the work of PACT as a member of the Diocesan Board for Social Responsibility more than ten years ago, and she is looking forward to being involved in the work that PACT do in the communities of the Diocese. She also hopes that, as a member of Diocesan Synod she will be able to be another good bridge between the Diocese of Oxford and PACT.

    "I am keen to be involved in the work of PACT because in my work as a teacher and a parish priest I can see the real value of the support that PACT offers to parents and families and the difference we make through building and strengthening families, communities and society."

  • Phil Sapwell

    Member of Adoption Committee and Chair to HR committee, Executive Board

    Phil lives in Appleton where his wife is the Priest-in-Charge. Phil has been in voluntary youth work within the Church of England since the early 1970’s and is currently a leader in the village youth club.

    Now retired, he was for many years the Chief Personnel Officer of a London Borough. He has dealt with all aspects of people in the working environment, good and bad. Passionate about equality of opportunity, after retiring he worked as a consultant on Equal Pay Audits. He was also a board member of the Public Sector People Manager’s Association (PPMA) and took part in National Pay Negotiations for Local Government. He is currently a non-legal Member of the Reading Employment Tribunal.

    “It is my vision and belief that every child should grow up enjoying being part of a loving secure family just as I did and as my children have. I believe God has given me the privilege of being able to use my skills and experience to support the wonderful work the staff of PACT are doing to achieve this for an increasing number of children and young people.”

    Qualifications: BA(Bussiness Studies), MCIP

  • Graham Sykes

    Member of Adoption committee, Executive Board

    Graham is an Anglican Priest who served the first 20 years of his ministry in Herefordshire where for 9 years he was Chair of Trustees (followed by three years as Vice Chair) to the HOPE Charity in Bromyard. Through that charity a children’s centre, a nursery, a training facility and work start up units were built with the principle objective of breaking the cycle of poverty to give children prospects of better lives.  Working with families on the margins gave great insight into how children arrive in the care system and their special needs as they go through the process of adoption. 

    Graham has also been deeply involved in youth and children’s work throughout the last 30 years and has seen the benefits for children of living and growing up in stable loving families. Graham is married to Clare and together they have two adopted children.  Clare is Rector of the Osney Benefice and Graham is Chaplain to the Bishop of Oxford. Graham has considerable experience of charity trusteeship at local and national level he is committed to PACT because of his interest in adoption and the fact that PACT has deep links with the Diocese of Oxford.

    Prior to ordination in the Church of England Graham worked in the banking industry for 11 years.

    Qualifications: Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers  and Bachelor of Theology. 

  • Philip Lewis

    Member of Communities Committee, Executive Board

    Philip is the Operations & Commercial Director of a company that develops resilience in the cyber and cybersecurity market.  He has over 30 years’ experience leading and motivating teams to maintain and grow businesses that need to adapt quickly to changing requirements. 

    Philip lives in Berkshire with his wife and his son, who was adopted through PACT.  He has three older children who are now all adults and have ‘flown the nest’ and through which he has his first grand-daughter.  Having adopted through PACT, Phil wanted to give something back to the charity that gives so much to others; both through adoption and their work with on community projects.

  • Stephanie Gibbons

    Member of Adoption Committee, Executive Board

    Stephanie lives in South Oxfordshire and is married with two daughters and five grandchildren. At various times she has been a member of her PCC and Deanery Synod, run a youth group and childrens’ church, and been the administrator for the Anglican Church in Versailles. 
     
    After living in Brussels and Paris where she worked as a journalist and was a board member of the British School of Paris, Stephanie returned to the UK and qualified as a social worker, working in hospitals and the community. She then became a GP Practice Counsellor following which she qualified as a Psychotherapist. She was a member of the board of her professional association, Chair of their Training Committee and she currently sits on the National Ethics Committee Psychoanlytic section of the UK Council for Psychotherapy.
     
    “My work over many years in the health and social services field has convinced me that the most important gift for any child is a stable and loving home. It is a privilege to be able to offer my experience to support the staff of PACT in their efforts to achieve this for so many children.”
     
    Qualifications:  CQSW,  Diploma in Counselling, BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor,  BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist UKCP/CPJA 

  • Liz McAuley

    Member of Adoption Committee, Executive Board

    Liz originates from the seaside town of Bangor in Northern Ireland but has lived in the Reading area for 23 years.  She is married to Justin and has two teenage children.
      
    Liz qualified as a social worker in 1989 and since that time she has worked in a number of local authorities in various roles within Children’s Services. She has specialised in Child Protection and Safeguarding and currently works as a Designated Officer, managing allegations for a Local Authority in Berkshire. Over the years she has also been involved in both placing children in care and reviewing the care plans for children in care and is aware of the need for children to have permanency and for his to happen in a timely way so that they are not drifting in the care system.
      
    Since moving to Reading, Liz has been an active member of Greyfriars Church in Reading town centre and has been the Safeguarding officer for the Church for the last 6 years. This role has also led to an opportunity for Liz to do some freelance work for the Oxford Diocese Safeguarding team.
      
    Liz said; “I have been aware of PACT as an adoption agency for many years as a result of working locally and since applying to be a Trustee, I have been impressed by the range of other work PACT does to support children and adults in the community… I am really excited about getting involved as a Trustee for PACT".