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Stephen Hammersley CBE
Chair of Trustees

About

Chair since April 2020, Stephen began his career in computers and worked in the banking industry for 17 years. In 2000 he was appointed a director of Tearfund, with responsibility for its use of business as a tool of development, before his move to Chief Executive of UK Community Foundations in 2005 and Pilgrims’ Friend Society in 2015.

Stephen has enjoyed the company of older people from his student days when he was part of a team that led worship in a care home and visited those who were housebound. Loneliness of older people was one of the key priorities that UK Community Foundations addressed latterly though its award winning "Surviving Winter" campaigns that Stephen co-ordinated. Stephen was awarded a CBE for this and the leadership of other charitable and philanthropic programmes.

Stephen worships at Christ Church Harpenden and for many years ran the Crusaders (Urban Saints) youth group in the town. He still helps occasionally, but is now part of the team that reaches out to the residents of a local residential care home where he visits and leads a men’s Bible study.

Stephen is married to Susan and they have three grown up children.

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Elaine Cobb
Trustee

About

Elaine is currently the Salvation Army UK Director of Older People’s Services, and has held this role since 2006. Elaine started her career as a social worker, working within the social services department of three London Boroughs over a period of 18 years in a variety of roles and with a variety of client groups. Over this time, much of Elaine’s work was with older people and she grew to recognise their tremendous contribution and wisdom but also that they are so often neglected and marginalised.

Following a number of years in a fundraising capacity in the Salvation Army, Elaine spent a brief period working at Age Concern as Director of Operations before taking up the appointment of Director of Older People's Services for The Salvation Army. In this current role, Elaine is responsible for the Salvation Army’s 12 care homes for older people throughout the UK, and she is also responsible for the regional teams team of older people’s specialists who work alongside all Salvation Army Corps (churches) to support them in developing meaningful and relevant ministry with older people.

Elaine worships alongside her family at Hendon Corps in the North London Division, where she is also the Mission Secretary.

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Phil Martin
Trustee

About

Phil has been the Chief Executive of Keychange, a national Christian care provider,  since 2017, and has worked in senior leadership roles in local, regional and national Christian charities for over 30 years. In addition Phil has worked in a large local authority designing and commissioning health and social care services.

Phil has been a Christian for over 40 years and is a member of a Christian community in Essex. He regularly leads events, services, reflections and preaches.

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Terry Puttick
Trustee

About

Terry is a Field Director at London City Mission, where one of his main areas of expertise is mission with older people. In the 42 years Terry has worked for London City Mission he has spent 23 years of those working as a front line missionary. Since 2000 Terry moved into a central role as a Field Director of Ministries, and has found it a privilege and honour to focus on working with those in later life.

Terry says “As a Trustee for Faith in Later Life I am delighted to see all that God is doing to encourage others to reach out to the ‘forgotten generation.’ God honours those in later life, which although countercultural, is an amazing message to share. Faith in Later life has a vibrancy and is able to give hope to those who are facing the challenges of later life”.

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Carl Knightly
Chief Executive

About

Carl has led Faith in Later Life since 2018, first as Director, and then as Chief Executive, once charitable status was achieved. Prior to that Carl was part of the senior leadership team at Pilgrims’ Friend Society, a Christian care and retirement housing provider, where he was their Director of Engagement. Before this Carl spent 14 years working in central government, in a variety of operations, strategy and leadership roles, working across government as well as with private sector and third sector partners. Carl is passionate about the huge wisdom, benefits and blessings that come from older people, and the particular importance of being a voice for the vulnerable.

Carl heads up evangelism and outreach ministries at Christ Church Purley, in South London, where he  attends alongside his wife Suzy and their two children. Away from church, Carl is a Trustee of a local debt relief charity as well as the Vice Chair of the board at his local Primary Academy.