Meet the team
Mark Markiewicz, CEO
Mark served as a missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for 20 years, in the UK, Kazakhstan and America finishing as the National Director for YWAM England. He has worked with various global ministries as a Senior Leader, Consultant and Trustee. He brings this wealth of experience to Waverley Abbey Trust as the Chief Executive Officer. Mark became a Christian at 11 years old and grew up reading Every Day With Jesus. He knows that it is an honour and privilege to see the mission develop and expand in the coming years. Mark loves creating strategy, connecting people and tidying up!
Dr Micha Jazz, Director of Waverley Abbey Resources
Micha has worked with Youth For Christ, the Evangelical Alliance, and Spring Harvest. He broadcasts on Premier Radio and is a professional mediator, communicator and academic. Micha’s ability in enabling people to realise their potential is ideal for leading the development of Waverley Abbey Resources in equipping people to live everyday with Jesus. Micha and his wife also run St. Cuthbert’s Oratory, a house of prayer offering hospitality, hope and healing.
Michele LeTissier, Marketing and Communications
Michele’s range of marketing experience, paired with her passion for the Bible, make her a great leader for Waverley Abbey’s marketing and communications team. She has nearly 20 years of experience in managing marketing teams, leading organisational growth and developing brands.
Bob Stradling, College Principal
Bob has a long and varied career in leadership within a range of Higher Education settings; Principal Lecturer and Head of Department at Sunderland University Business School, Senior Teaching Fellow and Deputy Head of Distance Learning at Durham University Business School, Head of the School of Business and Creative Industries at Inverness College UHI, and Vice Principal and Chief Operating Officer at Springdale College/ForMission before taking up his position here at Waverley Abbey College.
He brings a strong commitment to widening participation in Higher Education especially among groups that have traditionally been under represented and a belief that new ways of training people for ministry are required as the challenges faced by the church are changing.
Catherine Philip, College Manager & Academic Registrar
Andy Ironside, Registrar
Niki Gallacher, Programme Administration Supervisor and Librarian
Jackie Girling, Operations Manager
With a background in teaching, publishing and marketing Jackie is an ideal fit for Waverley Abbey Trust’s ministry. Her passion for hospitality means she is always ready to welcome guests to Waverley Abbey House. She first came to the house for just three weeks – to help out with the Christmas post – yet 16 years later she’s at the heart of our venue, making sure everything runs smoothly.
Amanda Pickering, Company Secretary & EA to CEO and Board
Amanda thrives on ensuring the charity runs smoothly and efficiently. Amanda has always been an avid organiser and planner and passionate about administration. Her 20 years’ experience in working for a variety of private and public sector organisations prepared her for service to Waverley Abbey Trust in 2016. Amanda loves to use her gifts and talents in order to further God’s kingdom.
Peter Cowley, Director of Finance and Operations
Peter has joined Waverley Abbey Trust from CPO (Christian Publishing & Outreach) where he was Director of Finance & Resources for three years, in a role which latterly also involved interim secondments to Pilgrim Friends’ Society and Keychange Charity. Peter acts as Treasurer for the PCC at his local church, where he also serves as a guitarist/singer. His earlier career took in strategic, financial and sales planning roles with firms including AZ Electronic Materials The Timberland Company, Kimberly-Clark, and Fisons. Peter feels privileged to have witnessed God’s hand in action during his work with Christian charities.
Graham Priestner, Finance Manager
Following university Graham started his career in auditing before moving into commerce as an accountant, gaining wide and valuable experience in the property, banking and finance sectors including working for a high profile multinational FMCG corporation in South Africa. Since emigrating to the UK Graham has worked mostly in the charity sector and in 2006 he joined CWR as the Accounts team leader. The opportunity to work in a Christian ministry which provides resources and training to support fellow believers grow in their faith is a great blessing and encouragement to Graham.
Iain Jones – HR Manager
Iain has wide ranging HR experience from his pre-Waverley Abbey career in multi-national blue chip companies in the Construction and Telecommunications sectors. With a degree in Business Administration and French, his professional qualification is as a Chartered Member of CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development). Iain loves a pub quiz, following Somerset Cricket, Bath Rugby and MUFC, and being part of a small community focussed church family in West Sussex.