Meet our Team
Matthew van Duyvenbode
Chief Strategy Officer
and People Officer
Director of Strategic
Director of Operations
Director of Diversity
Director of Public Engagement
Director of Participation
Director of Corporate Services
Chair of the Board of Trustees
With over 25 years working in the City for three US broking houses and risk consulting firms, Stephen made a career change in 2015 to pursue charitable interests including as the former regional chair of the Samaritans. Stephen is also formerly a trustee of Mind and the Citizens Advice.
He currently also volunteers for Caritas and Cafod, the Catholic Bishop’s Conference Agencies. His particular focus is on finance, strategy, risk, and governance.
Stephen is married with children, two grown up and two at school. He enjoys sports and has completed marathons, is a qualified skipper, and plays golf. Stephen is also a Crisis at Christmas volunteer.
Revd Bev Thomas
Bev Thomas was born in Birmingham to Jamaican parents and moved to London in 1995, then back to the Midlands in August 2008. Bev studied theology at the Ebenezer Bible Institute (1978-81) and religious studies at the Birmingham Bible Institute (1986-89). Bev is an ordained ecumenical minister and has an honorary MA in Divinity (2014).
She has worked for the last 25+ years in the UK and internationally as a trainer/speaker on social justice and race issues. She is also an experienced administrator, team leader, projects and events manager. She speaks on numerous issues, which include the following; diversity awareness, youth work, sexuality, singleness and politics.
Bev currently works as a freelance consultant, project manager, speaker and lecturer. Previous to this Bev was the p/t Administrator for Amott Baptist Church while they were interregnum for four years, Project Development Officer for Churches’ Commission for Racial Justice (two year contract) and the Director of Evangelical Christians for Racial Justice for four years. Other employers have included secondments to Evangelical Alliance and Christian Socialist Movement, Youth for Christ, Oasis Trust and W&T Avery Ltd Senior Banking Clerk/Accounts Clerk for seven years.
Bev enjoys genealogy research, keeping fit and singing for recreation.
Robert Lanyon became a trustee at in January 2017. In early 2022 he retired from his day job as regional public affairs director for the energy company ExxonMobil. During his 25 years with the company, he worked in the UK, Brussels, and the USA in a range of management roles, from corporate and government communications to corporate social responsibility and crisis management. This included managing the company’s substantial global charitable giving programme.
A modern languages graduate and keen traveller, Robert lives in Bentley, Hampshire. He is married to Harriet, who is the Project Manager of the Farnham Foodbank and wrote the first ever Alpha Course cookbook for Holy Trinity Brompton. They have three daughters and are active members of the local church, where they have hosted the Marriage Course.
Louise Hickman is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Ethics at Newman University, Birmingham. She researches and teaches philosophy and ethics, with a focus on the history of philosophy, science and religion, and the philosophy of religion. She is a Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion.
Louise is deeply concerned about social justice, and wanted to join the board so she could be part of the Trussell Trust’s work to actively challenge the structural causes of poverty. As a teacher of ethics, she’s looking forward to putting that into practice as the charity works towards ending the need for food banks.
Following her first trustee meeting, Louise is really warmed by the commitment and energy of the team and looking forward to being part of an organisation that’s working to change things for the better.
Paul works as a policy advisor to the Baptist, Methodist, and United Reformed Churches, and the Church of Scotland, on issues of poverty and inequality. His current focus is on the benefits system and ensuring that those who experience poverty are included in every aspect of its design and development.
Previously Paul was a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College focusing on viral infection and vaccine design. He also held roles in political parties both in his native Northern Ireland and later in Great Britain, working on policy and campaigns around peacebuilding and poverty reduction.
He is married to Nicola, a Methodist minister, and they have two wonderful primary school-aged children.
David is the Senior Minister at the Baptist church in Kirkintilloch, which he developed to become a leading organisation in community transformation: the church was also responsible for establishing the East Dunbartonshire Foodbank. David’s ministry has included work in the Isle of Man and in Belfast, time as a prison chaplain, and being part of the wider Baptist leadership in Scotland.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Meaningful diversity and inclusion work is core to our mission of ending the need for food banks.