Alison Tsang Interim Head, Compassionate Communities
Alison is heading up Compassionate Communities, having originally joined in 2017 as the Just Finance Development Lead.
Alison was born in Sheffield but has sacrificed a life in the glorious North for a calling to live in London, a place she’s called home for over 20 years.
Having started her career in TV documentary production, she then studied Community Work with Applied Theology, worked as a church youth & community worker for several years, as well as on local authority Youth Offending Teams before moving into community organising and project management.
Her roles in various organisations led her to develop and deliver resources and training around issues of low income, as well as piloting the national rollout of “LifeSavers, a primary schools-based financial education developed by the Church of England and now run by the Just Finance Foundation.
Outside of work she chairs her local Refugees Welcome group, involved in welcoming several Syrian families into the local community.
She’s passionate about too many things to mention, but some of the are: community organising, baking, sustainable living, theology, gospel singing and seeing the church show the love of Jesus in practical ways, to tackle poverty and transform the communities which they serve.
Rachel Partridge Senior Administrator
Rachel joined Compassionate Communities as Senior Administrator in September 2020. Having studied Medical Engineering at the University of Surrey, she went on to develop her project management skills in the areas of clinical trials and education. She is delighted to have the opportunity to couple her professional background with her desire for lives to be transformed by the power of the Gospel, and longs for churches in London to be equipped as the hands and feet of Jesus.
Rachel leads the children’s work at her church and is particularly passionate about sharing the gospel with teenagers. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Essex, where they spend their free time dancing, singing and walking the dog!
The Rt Revd Joanne Woolway Grenfell Bishop of Stepney and Chair of Trustees
Joanne Grenfell became the Bishop of Stepney in July 2019. Previously, Joanne was Archdeacon of Portsdown in the Diocese of Portsmouth, and before that Director of Ordinands and Residentiary Canon in Sheffield. She has experience of outer housing estate and inner city parishes, chaplaincy, and cathedral ministry.
Before ordination, Joanne was Lecturer in English at Oriel College Oxford, where she completed a DPhil in English Literature, specializing in Edmund Spenser and cultural geography. She also has an MA from the University of British Columbia, and a first degree from Oxford. She trained for ordination at Westcott House.
Joanne’s interests include mission and strategic development, education, particularly school governance, public life, and poetry. She is a Trustee of the Trust for London which tackles poverty and inequality in the capital. Her diocesan responsibilities involve being Bishop Sarah’s lead bishop for safeguarding and overseeing the Diocese’s social engagement ministry.
She is married to the Revd Canon Dr James Grenfell, Director of the Portsmouth Pathway, and they have three children.
The Rt Revd Graham Tomlin Bishop of Kensington/ Trustee and Sponsor
Graham Tomlin was born into a Christian family – his father was a Baptist minister – where he grew in faith from early years.
After a period of brief teenage atheism, he was drawn back into faith through the love of Christ shown through a group of friends in a local church in Bristol.
He studied at Bristol Grammar School and then at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he met his future wife Janet.
He worked in insurance for a couple of years, before training for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He was curate at St Leonard’s Church in Exeter, before returning to Oxford to be Chaplain of Jesus College Oxford and a tutor at Wycliffe Hall.
He completed a PhD on St Paul, Martin Luther and Blaise Pascal, and went on to teach Historical Theology full-time at Wycliffe, where he was also Vice Principal for eight years.
In 2005, he and Janet moved to London, to help launch St Paul’s Theological Centre, which in 2007 became part of the new St Mellitus College, a partnership between the dioceses of London and Chelmsford and Holy Trinity Brompton. He was the College’s first Principal and has overseen the significant growth of the College over the past eight years.
He is the author of many books, including The Provocative Church (1992), Luther and his World (1992), Looking through the Cross (The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2014) and most recently, The Widening Circle: Priesthood as God’s Way of Blessing the World (2015).
He and Janet have two children: Sam, who is training to be a Salvation Army Officer with his wife Jenni, and Sian, who works for Age UK, and is married to Josh.