Governance & Trustees

Partnership is the operating name of Partnership (UK) Ltd., which is a company limited by guarantee not having share capital. It is a registered charity in England and Wales. It has a Board of Trustees, who are the members of the Company and have the legal responsibility to oversee activities of the organisation.  The Board meets regularly in the course of the year.


Beth Dickson
Joint Chair

Beth was latterly a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow, where she  had much experience of management first as Deputy Head of the School and then as Director of Teaching and Learning with responsibility for over 1,000 UG and PG students. She has written extensively on Christian topics in Aware and Perspectives, was a Council member of the Evangelical Alliance in the 1990s, and a board member of SU Scotland in the 2000s. She speaks regularly at the annual Word for Women conferences and is particularly interested in prayer. She fellowships with West Glasgow New Church.

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Neil Walker
Joint Chair

Neil Walker has been associated with Partnership since 1998, and has served as a Director since 2014. He has been involved in local church leadership at his home in Walsall for nearly 30 years, along with his wife Christine, serving in Oversight throughout this period. Most of his career has been spent as an educator, in a variety of settings. Neil is a Trustee of 2 local Almshouse Charitable Trusts and is also Board Chairman of our partner organisation, Church Growth Trust.


Neil Summerton

Neil Summerton is Secretary to the trustees.  Associated with the work of Partnership since 1980, he has been involved in local church leadership since the 1960s, first at Cholmeley Evangelical Church N6, in the 1990s in planting a church in Crouch End London, and latterly at King Street Chapel, Tiverton. He was a Council member of the Evangelical Alliance for some 30 years and is a member of its Theology Advisory Group. Professionally, he was a civil servant and then an academic and a non-executive company director.  He is married to Pauline, a hospital and hospice chaplain, and they have two sons and four grandsons.

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Philip Miles

After 33 years farming in deepest Suffolk, some 10 years ago, having completed an accountancy course, Philip began bookkeeping for a living, servicing mainly farming clients. Parkview Chapel, Botesdale has been his home church since childhood and he is actively involved there and part of the leadership.  Combining his faith with his farming experience, he is a local coordinator for Farming Community Network, providing pastoral support for farmers. Married to Helen, they have two sons, a daughter and three grandsons.  Outside work, Philip enjoys gardening and has for several years had an allotment.

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Mark Davies

Mark is a former Principal of Tilsley College and continues as GLO Europe Regional Training Director, developing aspects of church-based training. He, with his wife Shirley, was based at a church re-growth situation in Highgate, London. Having moved to Northampton, Mark, as part of GLO’s collaboration with Partnership, Counties and Church Growth Trust, serves with the Church Revitalisation Project. Mark and Shirley previously served in Zambia for twenty years engaging in Bible teaching, Bible Translation (Bemba language), developing mission, resourcing infrastructure and HIV/AIDS intervention work before going to Tilsley College. Mark continues to support training ministries in Zambia too.


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