Our Team

Directors

National and Regional

Alan Tower

Alan Tower

National Director

For a number of years Alan worked in Bolivia in Theological Education. This was followed by a role in the UK and international leadership team of Latin Link. Alan joined Friends International in 2016, firstly as a Regional Development Director and then later as National Director.

Iván Neira

Iván Neira

Regional Development Director
(North, England & Wales)

Iván is from Chile and has spent more than half of his life serving in Global Mission. He joined OM Ships in 1989 and met his wife Joanne there. He served as Deck Officer, but from 2000 was part of the senior leadership team for OM UK. Iván joined Friends International in 2020.

Sarah Dawkins

Sarah Dawkins

Regional Development Director
(South West England & South Wales)

Sarah is northern through and through, but has been exiled to the South since 2008. She’s been involved in student ministry since encountering the grace of Jesus for herself at university. Her passion is in reaching people who otherwise may not hear the gospel whilst they study in the UK. She can often be found with coffee!

Susanne Koch

Susanne Koch

Regional Development Director
(South East England)

Susanne grew up in Germany and has lived in five different countries, including time in Spain working as an IFES Team Leader. Susanne knows how life-changing sharing the gospel with students can be as she became a Christian as an international student. When she is not working, she is excited about cycling, running and hiking.

Pete Edwards

Pete Edwards

Regional Development Director
(Scotland, Ireland, and NE England)

Pete has been with Friends International since 2002. He has experience in the university sector and has a deep understanding of both practical local ministry and strategic national ministry.

TRUSTEES

The Board of Trustees

Dr Stroma Beattie

Chair of Trustees

Stroma has international experience as a member of the leadership team for a large Christian sending mission. She is a medical professional in the complex world of NHS structures, funding challenges and pursuit of favourable patient outcomes.

Geoffrey Spence

Chair of Finance Committee

Geoffrey is a Non-Executive Director of Jersey Ports, and the Nazareth Trust, a Scottish charity which owns and operates the Christian Hospital in Nazareth, Israel. He is Chairman of Elders at Danbury Mission Church, and has served as Global Head of Infrastructure, Resources and Energy for Lloyds Bank plc.

Dr Jon Salkeld

Jon worked as a staff member for Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF). He spent a number of years as Director of Corporate and UK Partnerships at Anglia Ruskin University and currently works as a freelance training consultant.

Rev Henry Lu

Rev Henry Lu serves as General Director of Chinese Overseas Christian Mission (COCM) in ‘reaching Chinese to reach Europe’, and has a Master’s degree from All Nations Christian College.

Nay Dawson

Nay Dawson works with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) in training across Europe. She also heads up the Passion for Evangelism network training female evangelists.

Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith is MBA and HR qualified. He has worked widely in the UK, for Christian mission agencies as well as secular companies, and abroad, including Taiwan and Switzerland.

Cilla Slater

Cilla has served as a local Branch member for Friends International in Guildford and worked among students as a Staff Worker for Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF).

Natasha Rayan

Natasha is the World Mission Minister at All Souls Church, Langham Place, a prominent and historically significant location for international student ministry. She has previously worked for Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) as Team Leader for London.

Bob Mallet

Bob Mallet has many years’ experience as a Solicitor in London.