Our Team


Instead of a single team leader, the Association has a collegiate model of leadership within which Carl & Nigel work together together as a team, each acting as leader within their designated areas.

Click below each person's name to find out more about their areas of responsibility.

Nigel Manges

Regional Minister - Ministry
For details about Nigel's role and areas of responsibility, please click here.


To get in touch with Nigel, phone the SWBA office on 01392 433533 or email nigel@swbaptists.org.uk.

Carl Smethurst

Carl Smethurst

Regional Minister - Mission
For details about Carl's role and areas of responsibility, please click here.


To get in touch with Carl, phone the SWBA office on 01392 433533 or email carl@swbaptists.org.uk.

Kathy Browne

Kathy Browne

Administrator
For details about Kathy's role and areas of responsibility, please click here.


To get in touch with Kathy, please phone 01392 433533 or email kathy@swbaptists.org.uk.

Glenda Chadwick-Down

Mission Enabler - Children, Youth & Families
For details about Glenda's role and areas of responsibility, please click here.


To get in touch with Glenda please phone 01392 433533 or email glenda@swbaptists.org.uk.

Kath Needham

Safeguarding Lead
For details about Kath's role and areas of responsibility, please click here.


To get in touch with Kath please phone 01392 433533 or email safeguarding@swbaptists.org.uk.

Phil Hindle

Phil Hindle

Finance
For details about Phil's role and areas of responsibility, please click here.


To get in touch with Phil, please phone 01392 433533 or email phil@swbaptists.org.uk.

James Henley

Learning Community Co-ordinator
For details about James' role and areas of responsibility, please click here.


To get in touch with James, phone the SWBA office on 01392 433533 or email james@swbaptists.org.uk.

Charlie Clayton

Media and Communications
For details about Charlie's role and areas of responsibility, please click here.


To get in touch with Charlie, phone the SWBA office on 01392 433533 or email charlie@swbaptists.org.uk.

David Sheldon

Association Secretary
For details about David's role and areas of responsibility, please click here.


To get in touch with David, phone the SWBA office on 01392 433533 or email david@swbaptists.org.uk.

If you need to make contact with one of us, please contact the person whose remit most closely links with your query. If it’s still not obvious who is best to contact, please contact ANY of us. We will either respond or pass on the message internally as appropriate.

All legal, property, charity and trust matters for our churches are handled by our colleagues at the Baptist Union Corporation in Didcot. Please contact them directly on 01235 517700 (ask for the Baptist Union Corporation) or buc.corp@baptist.org.uk.

Trustees

SWBA is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.                                                                                  

(A company limited by guarantee registered in England number 6501705,  Registered Charity number 1124938)

We are a Spirit led association of churches operating in a world of charity compliance. As a result, we operate in both these spheres at the same time seeking to harness the strengths and minimise the weaknesses of association and of central charitable governance.

Our Board of Trustees has a key role within the Association – it is the place where we share, discern and test what we see God doing across the region; how the Holy Spirit is leading us and who He is raising up to serve in key roles. The Board is also the place where we keep each other true; true to our identity and Declaration of Principle, true to our churches and true to our governance responsibilities. The Board has the vital role of holding together our ecclesial way of being and our charitable responsibilities; it ensures that our charitable activities always serves our member churches.

The role of the Trustees is to focus on key strategic issues and decisions relating to the work of the Association and its churches, to oversee the staff and support them in their work. The day-to-day work of the Association is the responsibility of the staff supported by the Working Groups. Role descriptions for trustees can be found here

We would encourage all our member churches to encourage those who they think would be appropriate to serve as a trustee, to submit an expression of interest form at any time during the year. Together we can then discern if it would be appropriate to submit their name for election at our AGM

For our Code of Conduct policy, please click here.

Trustees

Steve Dengate

Chair Person

Having retired from Financial Services in 2015 Steve and his wife moved to North Devon to establish a retreat facility for people in full-time Christian ministry. Steve is also involved in several Christian charities both in the UK and overseas and is a member of Appledore Baptist Church. He is Chair of the SWBA Board of Trustees.
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Roger Carne

Treasurer

Roger is a recently retired Chartered Accountant and is Treasurer for the SWBA. He chairs the Support Services Group and is a member of the Leadership Team at Silverton Evangelical Church.
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Rob Dymond

Safeguarding Trustee

Rob is Church Secretary at Hope Baptist Church in Plymouth. He has a background in Safeguarding and is the Safeguarding Trustee on the SWBA Board.
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Julia Henley

Trustee

Julia is an ordained Baptist Minister and is co-Minister of Budleigh Salterton Baptist Church. Julia chairs the SWBA Ministry Group and leads on Gender Justice for the Association Justice Hub.
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Iain Freeland

Trustee

Iain is a qualified teacher and is a director of Oasis Community Learning. He is also a school governor and money coach with Christians Against Poverty. A member of Hooe Baptist Church Iain chairs the SWBA Mission Group.
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Steve Cosslett

Trustee

Steve is an ordained Baptist Minister and is a military Chaplain with the Royal Navy. He is a member at Upton Vale Baptist Church, Torquay.
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Carl Smethurst

Ex-Officio Trustee

Carl is the SWBA Regional Minister Team Leader for Mission and an ex-officio member of the Trustee Board. He is a member of Hope Baptist Church, Plymouth.
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Nigel Manges

Ex-Officio Trustee

Nigel is SWBA Regional Minister Team Leader for Ministry and an ex-officio member of the Trustee Board. He is a member of Creech St Michael Baptist Church.
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Adrian Male

Trustee

Adrian is a Chartered Surveyor and advises the Trustee Board on property matters. He is a member of Fivehead Baptist Church.
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Glen Graham

Trustee

Glen is an ordained Baptist Minister and Spiritual Director who serves as the Minister of Cullompton Baptist Church.
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Michelle Parkman

Trustee

Michelle is an ordained Anglican Minister and is Lead Chaplain at Marjon University in Plymouth. She is a member of Saltash Baptist Church.