Meet the team


Mark Markiewicz, CEO

Mark served as a missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for twenty 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 our marketing team. She has more than 10 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 us 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


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 CWR in 2016. Amanda loves to use her gifts and talents in order to further God’s kingdom.

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.

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


Iain Jones, HR Manager


Michelle Klima, Catering Supervisor


Contact details

Customer services: 01252 784700
College registry: 01252 784731
Media: 01252 784721


Stephen Apted (Chairman of the Board)

Steve has a broad range of business experience gained over 30 years of working in aerospace, healthcare and hospitality industries. He joined us as a trustee in 2013 and currently works in the Salvation Army Procurement team. He has served in a variety of roles in Christian ministry, in administration, as a trustee and on a church leadership team for ten years.  Steve co-founded Aid to Rumania working on international Bible production and Christian literature distribution projects with them. He holds a Degree in Theology awarded from the London School of Theology.

Andrea Barker

Andrea joined us as a trustee in 2019. She is an independent organisational consultant and coach and runs her own business serving public, private and third sector organisations. She is involved in leading ministry in her church and has a health care background working in London teaching and private hospitals, as well as providing quality assurance consultancy for overseas ministries of health. She holds a MA in management development and social responsibility and is a psychosynthesis coach.

Derek Holbird

Derek is a teacher by profession and was head teacher of Soho Parish School for 14 years before his appointment to Diocesan Director of Education for Guildford in 2001. He has served on the Archbishop’s Council’s Education Committee, and on the C of E’s working group for Higher Education. For over 30 years Derek was part of the leadership of Three Counties Church in Haslemere, later becoming a Lay Canon of Guildford Cathedral. In 2018 he became an ordained priest and now serves as Curate at St Alban’s Church, Hindhead. He joined our trustee team in 2015.

Bob Peet

Bob joined CWR as a Trustee in 2019.  Bob has been involved in local church leadership over many years, both as an elder and as a trustee, and is passionate about leadership – having spent much of his career supporting leaders in the military, in the NHS and in Church life.

He currently works as the Chief Operating Officer at a local NHS Hospital Trust and has been a trustee with us since 2019.  Prior to joining the NHS Bob’s early career was in the army.