The Rock Trustees
Chair, Toby Falconer
an architect in practice in Cheltenham with a special interest in the reuse of redundant church buildings for community use. Through broader community use of such buildings, some of their perceived mystique and exclusivity might be broken down and more people will be emboldened to enter churches and become part of the Christian family.
Treasurer, Jonathan Daykin
A qualified actuary, working as an investment consultant and partner at Barnett Waddingham LLP, based in Cheltenham. Jonathan is an active member of Trinity Cheltenham church.
David Wallace,Chief Executive of Cheltenham YMCA
David has masterminded the development of the organisation including taking over 2 sports centres in the town and rebuilding a 1960s accommodation block with a 73 room specialist facility to work with the homeless and those at risk of homelessness.
The Venerable Phil Andrew
Before his appointment as Archdeacon, Phil spent almost 11 years as Vicar of St Mary’s Church in Reigate, Surrey, where he was also an honorary canon of Southwark Cathedral. Before training for ordained ministry at St John’s College in Nottingham Phil had a career as a Chartered Engineer, working in a number of management roles overseeing design and construction projects particularly in the UK water industry and including several projects in Gloucestershire with Severn Trent Water. Phil is married to Sue, a GP, and has three adult sons. Phil describes himself as being ‘passionate about ‘joining up’ real life and faith and helping people from all backgrounds and of all ages find that the Christian faith is as universally relevant in the 21st Century as it has ever been’.
I have been a teacher for most of my adult life, except for 2 years in the nascent personal computer industry in the early 1980s, and have taught all Key Stages, except for the Early Years stage. I have taught History, English, ICT, Geography, RS, special Needs, Latin and Games, and have had various roles including teacher, form tutor, site Co-ordinator and Deputy Head. I have taught in the State sector and in public schools and in England, Italy and Argentina. I have had a long interest in special needs teaching. I am currently a trustee of Wotton Volunteers, an organisation which helps get people to hospital appointments, and a governor of Thomas Telford School, up in Telford.
Tim serves as the youth pastor at a local church in Cheltenham called Trinity Cheltenham, leading a team of volunteers who together support and empower young people.
I have been a local resident in the St Peter’s area for several years and initially got to know the work of the Rock through volunteering at their Monday night group Space 51. This complemented my day job as a Teaching Assistant in a comprehensive secondary school. I have worked in education for almost a decade and I continue to enjoy working with young people, endeavouring to remove barriers to learning and allowing them to achieve their potential.
Gemma Hargraves is a History teacher and Head of Year 9 in a girls’ school in the West Midlands. She has lived in Cheltenham since 2012 and initially joined The Rock as a volunteer with Space 51 before joining the Board of Trustees. Prior to moving to Cheltenham, Gemma was an Army Officer (Royal Artillery) and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as well as instructing graduates at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. She has a particular interest in local history and heritage and developing young people’s leadership potential and wellbeing.
Those Interested can put forward an expression of interest via emailing