The Committee

In 1981 the Christian Council for the Schools of Wales was formed in order to promote the Christian faith in schools throughout Wales.  The Council consists of representatives from established and recognised Christian organisations already actively at work amongst teachers and pupils, including Scripture Union (SU), the Association of Christian Teachers of Wales (ACTW), the Evangelical Movement of Wales (EMW) and The Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF).

The Committee is made up of representatives from these founding organisations who have a particular interest in the work.

Chairman – Chris Hess

Chris is the chair of CCSW, with which he has been involved since its inception in1981. He taught RE for 37 years, was a deputy headteacher at Glan-y-Mor school, Burry Port, for 20 years, and in semi-retirement is now a tutor for Swansea Metropolitan University, on the PGCE RE course. He is a member of Libanus Evangelical Church, Morriston, Swansea, where he is chair of the diaconate.

Treasurer – John Lord

John took a degree in mathematics at Bristol University, followed by a PGCE at Cardiff. He taught for 8 years at a boys’ grammar school in East Ham, then for 31 years at Llanishen High School, Cardiff. He is now retired. He is an elder at Llanishen Evangelical Church, Cardiff, a small independent church with Brethren roots.

Secretary –


Minutes Secretary – Marilyn John

Marilyn studied Biology at Aberystwyth in the 60’s and enjoyed a career in education in secondary schools in Leicestershire and then in Burry Port. She has been involved in EMW summer camps over the years.  In2007 she trained to teach Bible Explorer to Year 6 pupils and does that on a voluntary basis.  Marilyn lives in Porthcawl and worships at Bethel Baptist Church.

Dave Norbury

Dave Norbury was born in North Wales. He has worked in all four corners of Wales. His involvement in Education began as a Chemistry and Science Teacher, becoming a Senior teacher and Acting Deputy Headteacher in Rhosllanerchrugog, Wrexham.  He became a Science adviser to 400 schools in West Wales, then a senior adviser to Secondary schools and eventually became Assistant Director of Education and Head of School Improvement in Newport City Council for 10 years.  He was a Registered Inspector for Estyn for many years.  He is now General Secretary of the Evangelical Movement of Wales – an organisation working through English and Welsh languages across Wales.

Alan Charter

Alan is passionate about helping the next generation meet Jesus. He is partner in crime with Claire in parenting three endlessly energetic children, David, Amelia and Ben, which keeps his feet on the ground! The rest of the time Alan has one of those feet in Scripture Union as Associate Director and the other as director of Children Matter – a coalition of organisations seeking to help the UK church reach more children.

Vicki Brackpool

Vicki trained as  Primary School teacher in 2003 and joined Scripture Union as  Field Worker for Wales in Nov 2006.  Today she works as the childrens officer for the Diocese of Monmouth, supporting and equipping Churches in their work with children.  She lives in Chepstow with her husband Laurence and feisty cat Porsha!

Dawn Lonney

Dawn trained as a primary school teacher, then moved to Barry to take up a teaching post in a large Infants’ school, where she worked for ten years. Over the years she has been involved with many children and young people through camp work, Sunday school, midweek Bible clubs and Holiday Bible clubs. She is a member of Bethesda Chapel, Dinas Powys where her husband is one of the church leaders. She has two young children.

June Miller

June has a Degree in Biblical Studies and a Masters in Philosophy and Ethics.  For much of her teaching career she has been Head of Departments (both RE and Sociology).  She has substantial experience in children’s and youth work in her church and has been involved in ACTW for many years, where she is currently the Secretary.

Shirley Towers

I am a former teacher in both comprehensive and primary schools. The last job I had was to set up a Specialist teaching facility for children with learning difficulties in a comprehensive school. I am involved in youth work in my local church and help to run the mother and toddler group. I recently had an amazing time in Easter Cracked in our church. I am also a keen supporter of United Beach M.issions and do a little voluntary work for E.M.W.

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