Carver Anderson is a qualified social worker and has nearly 30 years' experience in social, community, youth work, counselling and training within the statutory and voluntary sectors, both at practitioner and management levels. He has developed a number of important skills through his work and voluntary experiences, which include participating in and supporting key committees and initiatives concerning work with children, youth and families. Carver formerly served as the National Director of Youth and Christian Education for England and Wales for the New Testament Church of God (one of the UK’s largest Black Majority Churches). He continues to work 'on the front line', engaging with families, communities and young people to support their personal transformation and healing from past issues.
Paul Dicken describes himself (in no particular order) as passionately Welsh, a justice campaigner, a left-wing activist, a committed Christian who challenges bigotry from all sources, an unlicensed historian, an information junkie and a happy grandfather to wonderful lads. He was formerly the founder and CEO of 'Through the Roof', a Christian organisation promoting the inclusion of disabled people. He brings to CCPAS huge experience of the needs of vulnerable adults and children. And he makes people laugh.
Jane Dowdell RGN, RHV, BA, MA (Child Protection) is an elder in a United Reform Church where she also acts as the Safeguarding Officer. Jane was involved in the formation of the URC safeguarding adults policy. She worked in the NHS for forty years, of which fifteen years were as a senior officer in the child protection field. Most recently she was Designated Nurse for Child Protection / Senior Interagency Consultant for Safeguarding Children on the Isle of Wight, where she was also the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).
Jim Foy MA, DipSW, CSCT has had a long association with CCPAS, having worked for its predecessor charity in our former children’s home until he left to train as a social worker. Jim has worked for a local authority in Yorkshire since 1998 and had always been involved in front line child protection as a social worker and as an initial response team manager. Currently he is a local safeguarding co-ordinator which involves chairing child protection conferences, monitoring the standards in the children’s homes within the local authority and undertaking the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) role.
Mark Howard (Honorary Treasurer) ACA, BSC (Hons) is the Honorary Treasurer of CCPAS. Qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1994, he has held a number of senior roles in finance and is currently the Finance Director of an equipment leasing company. He has additional responsibilities around IT and operations. His specific role within the trustees at CCPAS is to guide and advise on financial matters, together with providing oversight and assistance to the finance function as required. Mark also acts as Treasurer in his local (Vineyard) church.
David Pearson (Company Secretary) CQSW, DMS was appointed secretary to CCPAS's predecessor charity in 1984 when it ran a small children's home, becoming the Company Secretary on incorporation in 1991. He later founded and developed CCPAS. David was CEO until July 2010 when he retired from that job, though not from CCPAS! For more than 20 years David and his wife, Pauline, have been running the 'Facing the Unthinkable' seminars on many weekends of the year. David has been involved in child protection for more than 40 years. He was a senior Social Services Manager in a London Borough and later court-appointed Children’s Guardian and independent child protection consultant. David's vision has been to develop CCPAS as an organisation that bridges statutory agencies, faith organisations and families.
John Price (Chair) is a senior Assemblies of God minister and served as Regional Superintendent for the Central Region for a number of years. He planted ‘The Church at Junction 10’, Walsall in 1978 and has seen it grow to several hundred strong. But rather than retire, he felt called to pastor a small church in Wombourne, South Staffordshire. John has been involved over the years in the setting up and managing of several community based projects for homeless and rootless young people in the West Midlands. John has been with CCPAS and its predecessor charity for over 20 years and has been Chair for much of that time. He brings a sense of continuity from small beginnings to an organisation that ‘punches above its weight’ in the whole area of safeguarding within the church community and beyond.
Ferzanna Riley was brought up in Lancashire. She worked as a journalist and then joined the Metropolitan Police and HM Customs & Excise before returning to University to study law and going on to study Public & International Law at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. Following major heart surgery in 2002, she became a full time writer and campaigner on issues of forced marriage and honour killings. She has written an autobiographical account of her life in Unbroken Spirit.