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Council of Reference

Torch values the encouragement and advice from its Council of Reference made up of respected Christian leaders.

Rev’d Dr. Steve Brady, Principal - Moorlands College

Rev’d Dr. David Coffey OBE, Former President - World Baptist Alliance

Rev’d Malcolm Duncan, Lead Pastor at Dundonald Elim Church

Jonathan Lamb, Langham Preaching

Rev’d Roy Searle, Leader - Northumbria Community

Dr. Elaine Storkey, President - TEARfund

Rev’d Dr. Derek Tidball, Former Principal of the London School of Theology

Trustee Board

The Torch Trust is overseen by a board of 7 trustees, 4 of whom have a visual impairment (VI).

Marilyn Baker (VI)

Tony Brown

Julia Chapman (VI)
Jamie Dormandy

Hazel Groves (VI)

Philippa Simkiss

Mike Townsend (VI), Chair

Also attending board meetings are ...


Revd Michael Heaney, Company Secretary and Chief Operating Officer

Paul Wood Chief Technical Officer


The work of the Torch Trust is supervised by the following ...


Revd Michael Heaney, Chief Operating Officer

Paul Wood, Chief Technical Officer

Rose Heaney, Services Lead

Mandy Blow, Relationships Lead

Suzie James, Executive Assistant

Paul Rhodes, Production Manager

David Shepherd, Transcription Manager

Becky Davis, Sight Loss Friendly Church Manager

Sheila Armstrong, Sight Loss Advisor


Staff and Volunteers

Torch functions because of the dedication of a team of committed staff and volunteers. To encourage and focus your prayers for us we maintain a pictoral Daily Prayer Guide thay includes all staff and some of the many volunteers. Go directly to the Daily Prayer Guide (in the Support area of our website)

Last updated: November 2019 by Michael Heaney
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