OneBodyOneFaith Board Appoints Co-Chairs

OneBodyOneFaith Board Appoints Co-Chairs

The Annual General Meeting of OneBodyOneFaith convened on the 25th June 2022, when the work and contribution of former Chair, Peter Leonard, was acknowledged with gratitude. Peter has stepped down after five transformational years for the charity, commenting:

“It has been a privilege to be part of the team which has taken OneBodyOneFaith on a journey of growth these last few years. I want to pay tribute to our staff team: Luke and Katie, for their commitment, hard work and skill. I’d also like to thank our fantastic board of trustees who support Luke so capably in leading the organisation.”

The Board and meeting also thanked Lu Skerratt-Love for their committed contribution as a trustee for three years. Jo Winn-Smith, Mark Rowland, and Lisa-Jayne Lewis were all reappointed for their second terms with Hannah Brock Womack’s co-option to the Board ratified by election from the membership. The Board and membership expressed their delight at these appointments, both renewed and new.

Following her election to the Board during the meeting, the staff and trustee team are delighted to share that Andrea King will be serving in the new role of Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees. Andrea shares:

“I am delighted and honoured to take on this role, alongside Jarel, the Trustees and our excellent Executive Director, Luke, in the next stage of the journey. I want to say a special thank you to Peter for his exceptional leadership as Chair, and I look forward to spending more time with you all as we focus on joy and safety together.”

Serving in partnership with Andrea, Jarel Robinson-Brown moves from his former position as Vice-Chair to Co-Chair; commenting:

"Being part of OneBodyOneFaith holds significant meaning for me. Having served as Vice-Chair under Peter Leonard’s inspirational leadership, I am humbled to share in taking this vital work forward as Co-Chair with Andrea, continuing to work for a Church and a World where LGBT+ people feel at home.”

Luke Dowding, Executive Director, shared:

“I am incredibly grateful to have worked alongside Peter these past years; he will be missed. It brings me great joy, however, to acknowledge that as one chapter ends, another is beginning. The appointment of Andrea and Jarel as Co-Chairs is significant – demonstrating the commitment of OneBodyOneFaith to our pillars of ‘safety’ and ‘joy’, whilst working towards being a representative body for all LGBT+ people.”

Andrea and Jarel will share governance responsibilities, joined in the Standing Committee by the continued service of our skilled Treasurer: David Owen. For further comment, please contact hello@onebodyonefaith.org.uk.