Acts 435 Giving to anyone who has need

Acts 435 is made of a variety of different people, all helping to serve those in need in the U.K; from head office central team to our network of voluntary advocates there's many people that makes Acts 435 work, take a look.

Our Patron

The Patron of Acts 435 is The Right Reverend Dr. John Sentamu. He was consecrated as Archbishop of York in 2005 and launched Acts 435 in July 2010 at General Synod. He retired from his role as the Archbishop of York in June 2020, but he continues to be an active patron of the charity.

In 2009 the Archbishop launched his own Youth Trust, helping young leaders across the North of England in the work they are doing within local communities.

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Our Trustees

Acts 435 has a Board of Trustees consisting of 5 trustees as follows:

Julian Richer (Founding Trustee)

Julian is an entrepreneur, and Managing Director of hi-fi retailer Richer Sounds. He helped to found Acts 435 in 2009, which was his simple but effective idea to help those in need through a web-based platform. Since then Julian has sat as a trustee for Acts 435, and is a very active member of the board. He also works with many other retailers and businesses, as well as other charities, such as founding ASB Help (for those affected by anti-social behaviour.

Margaret Sentamu (Church of England)

Prior to ordination, Margaret Sentamu’s background has been in recruitment and consultancy. She worked for a number of years in the private, public and third sector which included a period as Senior Selection Secretary, overseeing the team responsible for the recruitment of future clergy for the Church of England. She became involved with Acts 435 at the very beginnings, as her and her husband, The Archbishop of York John Sentamu, were approached about the idea of online crowdfunding for small gifts. She has continued to be involved as a very active trustee, and is also a trustee and patron of a number of other charities mainly to do with education, health and poverty and domestic abuse.

Stephen Robertson

Stephen has been an Advocate with Acts 435 in Liverpool for five years, and he appreciates being able to help his clients so practically; Acts 435 has helped to provide hundreds of recipients with their needs through Stephen’s work. He is part of the ‘Imagine if Trust’ in Liverpool which helps to provide support for everything from housing to Christmas Day meals. He joined our Board of Trustees in May 2019.

Malcolm Marshall

Malcolm is retired from the Consumer Electronics Industry (having been the Director of the Trade Association) and has served on the Board of Trustees for a local outreach charity, working with young people, in his home county of Dorset until 2016. He is currently an Acts 435 Advocate as well as a Christians Against Poverty Money Coach, and a Foodbank Volunteer. He joined our Board of Trustees in May 2019.

Jon Day

Jon started his career at a US investment bank, working in technology, before leaving after a few years to join the charity sector. He has managed IT projects and programmes at Christian Aid and the British Red Cross. Before joining CAP in 2014 he headed up planning and reporting at the Red Cross working with the leadership team on charity wide strategy. Jon now leads on strategy, research and development and technology at Christians Against Poverty. He is married, with 3 young energetic boys. Jon joined Acts 435 as a Trustee in May 2019.

Peter Warry

Peter was involved in the development of the original pilot programme for Acts 435, drawing on his experience as Diocesan Secretary and Chief Executive for the Diocese of York. After several years of supporting the early growth of the charity in an advisory capacity, he accepted an invitation to become a trustee in 2012 and has been thrilled to see the impact that the donors and advocates have had on the lives of the thousands of people who have received small but significant gifts through the work of the charity.

Prior to joining the Diocese in 2006, Peter’s professional background was in Supply Chain Planning, Logistics and Software Development. Peter is married to Helen, a GP, and has lived for over 30 years in York where he is a member of St Luke’s Church.

Our Team

Acts 435 is able to operate with a very small central team because it works through local churches and charities.

Jennifer Herrera (Executive Director)

Jennifer Herrera is Executive Director of Acts 435 and has been involved in the charity since operations began in October 2009. Jenny grew up in York, where the charity is based, and is a chartered accountant by profession. She lived in Guatemala in Central America for 6 years, where she served as Field Director for Kids Alive Guatemala, running an orphanage and day-care centre.

Rhona Ellwood (Operations Director)

Rhona Ellwood grew up in Edinburgh and moved here in 2009 to work for York Diocese as PA to the Diocesan Secretary. When she joined the Acts 435 team in 2015 she worked as the Administration Assistant, but since that time her role has changed and grown and she is now our Operations Director.

Katie Greene (Partnerships Director)

Katie Greene is our Partnerships Director who oversees the Communications Team. She is responsible for developing external partnerships with external organisations, churches and donors. She previously worked at Christians Against Poverty for 7 years, and joined the Acts 435 Team in 2017.

Emily Atkinson (Administration Assistant)

Emily Atkinson took on the Administration Assistant role with Acts 435 in October 2019. She is a student at Newcastle University studying French and Mandarin, but grew up in York and went to church with the rest of the Acts 435 team.

Dan Doran (Digital Communications Officer)

Dan Doran joined Acts 435 in 2020, and is responsible for all our social media platforms, as well as some of our website, and other digital content.

Our Volunteers

Acts 435 works through a wonderful team of volunteers who are Acts 435 advocates in our participating churches and charities. Our current list of participating churches and charities can be found here