Alison Tsang Head of Capital Mass/ Transition to Compassionate Communities
Alison is heading up Capital Mass having 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 production, working as a documentary producer/director, 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 for families around money & financial capability, most recently manage the pilot & subsequent national rollout of “LifeSavers, a primary schools-based financial education and savings scheme with the Church of England/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, football, baking, social justice, 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 Capital Mass 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!
Our Trustees & Sponsors
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.
Tim Bissett Trustee
Tim Bissett is the Director of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity which delivers the annual BBC Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal. The Appeal raising money to support vulnerable and homeless people across the UK. Tim has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years, starting his career planting trees with Groundwork in west London. Tim is passionate about social justice, opportunity and inclusion. He is now leading the St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity to develop its work to help homeless people receive shelter, food, help and advice at The Connection at St Martins and through the special Vicar’s Relief Fund which makes thousands of one off grants to vulnerable people across the UK. Before moving to St Martin’s, Tim was the Chief Executive of the Church Urban Fund. Tim lives in Winchester with his wife Helena and youngest son. His oldest two children are away, living it up, at University. Tim is a trumpet player and cyclist. He supports Southampton FC - even though he was born in Yorkshire.
Alison Grieve Treasurer
Alison Grieve is a retired accountant having held in senior Finance roles for over 30 years in a range of industries and sectors including social housing, retail and the IT industry. Her last role was 15 years as Finance Director with Business in The Community, a charity which champions responsible business practices and addresses now business can support communities and excluded groups.
She enlivens her retirement years by also being a trustee of the All Nations Christian College and of the Church Urban Fund. These organisations together with Capital Mass ensure that she keeps learning a lot - particularly about social justice and about the value of the Christian message.
Having lived in London for most of her working life (and been a member of All Souls Church Langham Place since 1973) she now commutes weekly from the Isle of Wight. Quite passionate about Flamenco (watching and dancing – helps to unwind ) and Feminism (participative definitely – not so good at unwinding) – the Rolling Stones and Joan Baez and Stuart Townend. Reads science fiction and “Vintage” girls school stories.
Kathy Mohan OBE Trustee
Kathy Mohan is the Chief Executive of Housing Justice and brings to the board a strong track record in social housing where she has experience of both designing and delivering services. Kathy’s commitment to tackling homelessness and poor housing carries through to her personal life where she has volunteered through her Church to support the winter night shelter movement for many years – helping to lead the transition of her local scheme to CIO status and becoming its first Chair of Trustees.