Tania works with Dr Russell Rook, Chair of Chapel St Community Fund, to embed the vision of Church Response For Refugees and brings oversight to strategic implementation. Tania Bright is also Group Director at Chapel St, where she is responsible for organisational change and development, leads on Wellbeing and new enterprise. Tania is a seasoned leader, blending commercial procurement experience with church leadership. Fundamentally relational, Tania is focused, fearless and faithful.
Tania is a veteran public speaker regularly contributing at conferences. Tania has been a keynote speaker and seminar contributor at Spring Harvest, New Wine, CVM’s The Gathering, AGLOW networks, and churches and groups of all persuasions across the UK.
As a foster carer and with two adopted babies, Tania has a beautiful new perspective on what ‘family’ means. Tania now contributes to local authority Adoption and Fostering preparation courses, speaks to groups of Social Workers sharing from a ‘carers’ perspective and is part of a working group looking at re-imagining how 10+year-old’s are ‘looked after’ in the Care System.
Communications and Marketing Executive
Sam manages Church Response For Refugee’s internal and external communications including our website, social media pages, as well as media relations and marketing. Sam joined Church Response For Refugees after working on the Communications team of the Conservative Christian Fellowship as a Buxton Leadership Programme participant.
Sam decided to be part of an organisation that helps refugees after seeing shocking images of the body of the three-year old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi being washed onto the shores of the Mediterranean, which reminded him of a verse in the Old Testament: “You are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:19)
Sam attends All Souls Langham Place, one of Church Response For Refugees’s church partners, where he also leads a weekly bible study group for first-year university students. Sam is an avid lover of Jazz and Classical music, and is a seasoned traveller (especially to Portugal where his beloved fiancée is studying!).
Administration and Operations Executive
After obtaining a degree in Theology, Emily took part in the CARE Leadership Programme. During this time she interned with an MP in Parliament, a role which turned into a full-time job as a parliamentary researcher and coordinator of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases. Emily’s interest in international development stemmed from her childhood in rural Uganda. She found her time working in the area of global health policy eye-opening and inspiring.
Emily joined us in December after deciding to take a break from politics. She is responsible for overseeing all operational and administrative tasks, which, in such a small but busy team, is a broad remit!
Her other interests include running, having ran the London Marathon in April 2016, playing the cello and getting escaping London to the countryside as often as possible.