Meet the Board

Tearfund relies on the counsel of our board members, who come from a range of backgrounds and who share our passion for seeing people released from material and spiritual poverty wherever we work. Meet them below.

Anna Laszlo - Chair

Anna is Chair of the Board of Trustee Directors. She has worked for many years in international development. For over fourteen years, she was a civil servant in the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including posts in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Anna has also trained and worked as a coach and workplace mediator, operating mainly within the development sector. She has previously served on the board of World Vision UK for ten years, including three as chair.

She is married to David and they have six children. They worship at Christ Church, Cheltenham, where Anna also holds the role of Team Leader for Youth and Children’s Work.

John Shaw - Treasurer

John is a finance professional with over 35 years of experience in the public and charity sectors. After 27 years with the UK Post Office, including senior finance and general management positions in Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide, John joined Oxfam in 2002, initially as International Division Finance Director. He became Oxfam’s Finance & IS Director in 2005. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and an associate member of the Charity Finance Directors Group.

John stepped down from his role with Oxfam in July 2009 and immediately began serving on Tearfund’s Audit, Risk and Finance Committee (ARF). He joined the Tearfund Board in 2012 and took over as Treasurer and chair of ARF in 2014. His portfolio now includes being a Trustee and Treasurer of FARM-Africa and non-executive Director roles at Cafédirect and Sidai Africa Ltd (a Kenyan social enterprise company set up by FARM-Africa).

John is married to Elizabeth and they have two grown up daughters, Katy and Helen. They live in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, and he and Elizabeth are members of Wendover Free Church. John is also a Methodist Local Preacher in the Vale of Aylesbury circuit. He enjoys watching all sport and he and Katy are Manchester United season ticket holders.

Craig Rowland

Craig lives with his wife Jane in Ruislip, Middlesex, and they are both members of Ruislip Baptist Church. They have three married children: Hannah, Annella and Robert.

After graduating from Imperial College London, Craig qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers and  Lybrand (PricewaterhouseCoopers) and then spent 23 years with BT, where he became Managing Director of BT Group’s UK Business Division.

He left BT in 2006 and is currently a non­­executive director on a number of boards. He has been a Tearfund supporter for many years and is chairman of Tearfund’s Global Fundraising Board Committee. Craig is a lifelong Brentford FC supporter and spends much of his spare time honing his DIY skills on his children's homes!

Jill Garner

Jill Garner is a consultant working with organisations who are looking for a new way forward, focusing on vision, strategy and ‘making things happen’. Her experience is largely in the third and public sectors. She has worked for a number of Christian organisations, including the Shaftesbury Society, Scripture Union, Youth for Christ, and Frontier Youth Trust, as well as in social care, community education and the Open University business school. She is a director and trustee of Restored, an international alliance of Christian organisations working to end violence against women, and 28 Too Many, working to end female genital mutilation. She is also involved in her local church and Foodbank. As a consultant, Jill is working with organisations and individuals involved in community transformation, social care and international development.

Mark Melluish

Mark and Lindsay Melluish live in West London, where they lead St Paul’s Church, Ealing. They have a particular heart to make church relevant and accessible in today’s culture and have worked at this during their 23 years at St Paul’s. Together they have written and pioneered the Family Time Parenting Children Course. Mark is also the Assistant National Leader for New Wine for the south.

Stephanie Heald

Stephanie Heald is a publisher, editor and writer, and over the last twenty years has worked on hundreds of books, inspiring others in their walk with God, and helping leaders and organisations to explain their mission. Stephanie has worked with IVP, Lion Hudson and Alpha International, and now runs her own publishing house, Muddy Pearl, based in Edinburgh. She is also a trustee of Scripture Union, advising on publishing.

Stephanie is keen to help Christians serve God through their secular work in the UK and internationally, and to relate faith to contemporary life. She has been a trustee of The London Lectures and a speaker and writer for LICC.

Stephanie is passionate about prayer, and as part of the 24‐7 prayer community has helped churches in Guildford, Scotland and the Gulf to run weeks of prayer. Stephanie and her husband Richard have four children and two grandsons and are active members of Central (formerly Morningside Baptist Church) in Edinburgh.

Bishop harold miller

The Right Revd Harold Miller has been a Bishop in the Church of Ireland since 1997. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and St John's College, Nottingham, where he also served as Chaplain and Director of Extension Studies. Bishop Harold is much in demand as an author, speaker and visionary leader, and contributes in many areas of church and public life. He has been involved with Tearfund since its inception and was part of the NI Advisory Committee for over twelve years. He is married to Liz and they have 4 grown up children and 3 granddaughters.

Ian Curtis

Ian has extensive international development experience. He has spent 17 years overseas in Kenya, Nepal, Mozambique, India and most recently (until May 2015) in South Sudan. Ian worked for almost 20 years with the Department for International Development – at country level and also in Whitehall, ultimately as a senior civil servant. This included working on global development policy issues and launching a number of international development initiatives linked to G8 and Rio processes.

Ian’s wife Marian is ordained and, until July 2015, was Priest in Charge of three parishes in the South Downs in West Sussex. Marian was part of all the overseas postings apart from South Sudan. They agree that the 4 years working together with Tearfund in Nepal (1982-86) was the most challenging but also the most fulfilling of all their assignments. Ian and Marian now live in Wiltshire. They have 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren.

Stephanie Biden

Stephanie has been a supporter of Tearfund throughout her working life. She is currently a partner in the charity and social enterprise team at Bates Wells Braithwaite, one of the leading law firms in the UK advising NGOs. She has a particular interest in, and experience of, advising international NGOs – for example Christian Aid, CAFOD, Merlin and the Disasters Emergency Committee. She also co-leads a cross-departmental group within the firm, which focuses on advising faith based charities.

Stephanie has extensive experience as a charity trustee, having served on the boards of a range of charities, from small start-ups to larger Christian charities and mission agencies, such as Stewardship and OMF International (UK). Having spent time working with International Justice Mission in Thailand, and completed a Masters-level module at Spurgeon’s College entitled ‘The theology of law and the mission of justice’, she is very supportive of Tearfund’s work to equip and envision churches to tackle injustice and to advocate for justice on behalf of poor communities.


John has over 30 years of practice in international corporate and commercial law, including 15 years as a partner in Hogan Lovells, an international law firm, and 10 years as a member of the group executive committee of SABMiller plc, operating in over 70 countries, principally in developing markets. Latterly, this included responsibility for the corporate affairs function, and in particular the group’s globally recognised sustainable development commitments (including its small-scale farming programmes in India and Uganda), as well as internal and external communications, and government and regulatory affairs.

John is currently Chairman of The MacDaibhidh Charitable Trust and a trustee of the Tisbury Telegraph Trust. He and his wife have been financial supporters of Tearfund for over 30 years.


Bishop Anthony is a specialist in church administration, church empowerment, leadership training, management and publishing. He has a wealth of professional experience of working in a wide range of development and church ministry programmes under extremely challenging circumstances.

He is currently Adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury on Anglican Communion Affairs based in London. Previously he was the Bishop, Diocese of Kajo-Keji in South Sudan and Executive Director, ACROSS in Nairobi with responsibility for programmes in Sudan, Kenya and Uganda. Bishop Anthony has been a Partner of Tearfund for many years and helped pioneer and develop the concept of Church & Community Transformation – “Umoja”.


Phil is the Group Chief Executive of Royal London Group, responsible for the strategic direction and operational performance of the UK’s largest mutual life, pensions and asset management business with 9m policyholders, £105bn assets, and 3500 staff. Earlier in his career he has held executive roles in Axa, Aviva, Saga Services and Lloyds Bank. Since 2011 he has been a member of the Board of the Association of British Insurers and latterly acted as Senior Independent Director. The board provides oversight of the strategy, policy work and commercial development of the UK’s leading insurance industry trade body.

Phil has been a supporter of Tearfund for many years and has become increasingly involved over the years – helping with fundraising and mentoring. He also has a strong interest in Tearfund’s self-help group strategy, rooted in his understanding of how this sort of mutual micro finance model can be effective in priming the early stages of economic development.


Rosemary has had a career in international policy, analysis, and advocacy for over fifteen years. With degrees in British Politics and International Relations, she has worked at both national and international level on development and foreign policy issues - for two heads of the United Nations Development Programme based in New York with travel to Africa and Asia; as Senior Policy Analyst for a group of global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela to work on peacebuilding and human rights, The Elders; in UK politics as an international policy officer, and as ministerial speechwriter at the FCO. During her career she has worked on conflict and peacebuilding issues, human rights and development, governance and political participation, global health (malaria) and global education.

Rosemary is passionate about tackling poverty and social and economic injustice, addressing ethnic divisions and building cohesive societies, and seeing people fulfil their God-given potential. She also serves as a trustee for Christian-based charities working with young people, on promoting philanthropy, and on increasing access to clean water. Founder at Rosebrook Advisory, Rosemary is currently an International Policy Consultant and Career Coach.


Sally enjoyed a 30 year career in retail banking with broad executive experience encompassing functions as diverse as customer service, operations, technology, marketing, major programme management and human resources. Three years ago a ‘gap year’ including two life changing assignments in Tanzania with Tearfund and another NGO, led to a Masters in International Development and a sense of calling to build a new career focused on tackling development and injustice. Since then she has joined the Board of the Department for International Development (DFiD) as a non-executive member, has contributed to reviews of DFiD’s commercial capability and supplier management practices, and chaired a review of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI). 

Alongside this she is a Non Executive Director of the Principality Building Society and the Student Loans Company, and a member of the Welsh Government Financial Services Sector Advisory Panel. Sally is passionate about the opportunities to harness innovation to eradicate poverty and is a long term supporter of Tearfund and its unique ability to leverage the power of working through local churches.

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