Trustees

Chair of Trustees Dr Robert Rowe

Robert was, for a number of years, Senior Partner of a firm of Solicitors in the West End of London and through his practice met many people whose family relationships had broken down. He also has a doctorate in Biblical Studies, which was published in 2002 under the title "God's kingdom and God's son".

In addition to time spent with his own family, Robert is closely involved with his local Anglican church and is concerned with encouraging the application of Christian insights to various areas of secular thought and practice, including Family Matters.

Trustee – David Brown FCA

A highly experienced Chartered Accountant, David Brown qualified in 1964, when he was appointed Chief Accountant, then Financial Director, of Biggs Wall & Co Civil Engineers, employing some 700 people, and became Chief Executive of their modernisation subsidiary company.

David then worked as Chief Accountant for Ashby & Horner, the oldest building company in London, working alongside the Financial Director of Bovis. He was then appointed Financial Director of IFR, one of the most profitable companies of the Thomson Group, providing weekly banking information worldwide.

In 1989 David became a Partner in an accountancy practice and founded his own practice in 1996. He was appointed Chairman of a Christian Conference Centre and also a company selling right-to-buy mortgages and recently became a Financial Director of a development company. In addition, he is a Trustee of several charitable companies including The Family Matters Institute.

David is married to Joyce, has two children and four grandchildren. He is a school governor, lay preacher and sings with a choir in the Albert Hall.

Trustee – David Gibson

David & his wife Lorraine have four grown-up children and a grandson. They work in the area of marriage support with the charity "Time for Marriage". David, who trained as a musician, taught for 20 years, and has been involved in church leadership for over 30 years. He was on the full-time staff of a Bedford church, but "retired" in 2014, though he and his wife are still actively involved in Christian ministry.

Trustee – Alan McCormick

Alan spent the majority of his career in the Aerospace and Defence industry. At the age of 50 he moved into the third sector and took on responsibility for Mission Direct, a Christian charity that builds schools, medical facilities, safe houses and homes for some of our world’s poorest in 11 countries round the world. He is passionate about supporting the vulnerable and those living on the edge.

Trustee – Richard Coombs

Richard has had a varied career in mining, Supermarket management, Corporate sales for office furniture and for the past 10 years has been involved in the Commercial office design and build sector. Richard started his own Interior Projects company in July 2009, with the majority of his clients based in London. He helps organisations create better workplace environments that result in happier and more productive staff! Richard realises the importance of the family unit, in today’s society families more than ever before, face massive challenges…

Trustee – Lucy Thompson

Lucy is a leadership coach and runs her own business working 1:1 and with teams of people in corporate, public and third sector organisations. Prior to this she spent 20 years in multiple strategic and operational leadership roles within a major food retailer. Lucy is part of the leadership team in her local church, is married to Pete and together they have 2 children. In all that Lucy does she is passionate about seeing people fulfil their potential and be the best that they can be.

If you would like to become a trustee at Family Matters Institute please contact family@familymatters.org.uk