ICS Council

LaurenceLaurence Biggs is married to Alison and they have five children. Prior to ordination he worked as a computer consultant. Laurence has a passion for world mission expressed through work in Romania with Romania Care (a charity he jointly founded in 1990), Mercy Ships and as a Seasonal Chaplain with ICS since 2007. He joined the ICS Council in 2009 and is particularly interested in pioneering new work and seasonal mission.

John Carter is 66 years old, a Chartered Building Surveyor and a consultant with the practice he started with others. He is married with two children, both now married and has two grandchildren. John was born into a Scouting family and for many years was a Scout leader. Professionally he has sat on various committees and was Chairman then Secretary of a nationwide group of surveyors. He is also trained in mediation and attends his local church in Pitney Somerset.

Dr Stephen Hance is Dean of Derby. He served as Canon Missioner of Southwark Cathedral, Director of Mission and Evangelism for the Diocese of Southwark, Vicar of Ascension Balham Hill (Southwark), Team Vicar in the Tollington Team Ministry (London) and Curate of St. Jude’s Southsea (Portsmouth). He has authored and contributed to a number of books, most recently on Fresh Expressions and Mission Action Planning. He is the founder of the Cathedral’s and Growth Network, and on the Advisory Council of Just Earth. He chairs the International Alumni Council of Asbury Theological Seminary. His first involvement with ICS was as the General Synod nominee to Council. Having left General Synod, he is glad to have been elected to serve on Council for a future term.

Richard Jackson was ordained Bishop of Lewes in May 2014 and was elected Chairman of ICS Council in 2018. He studied at Oxford and trained for the ministry at Trinity College, Bristol. He has a scientific background, specialised in agriculture and worked as an agricultural consultant advising farmers across a range of issues. He became Vicar of Rudgwick in 1998 and then was Rural Dean of Horsham from 2005 before taking up the role of Mission & Renewal Adviser and Leader of the Church Growth Team within the Diocese.

Angela Marshall has served in St. Mark’s Versailles as Assistant Chaplain alongside her husband David (Chaplain) from 1992-2004, first as a Deacon and then as the first woman in the Diocese in Europe to be priested. She is currently serving in the Aquitaine chaplaincy as Assistant Priest. She was elected onto the ICS Council in 2009 and as Vice-chair later that year.

John PhilpottHaving taught in Uganda in the 60’s John Philpott was an Ordinand and Curate in the 70’s, an inner-city vicar in the 80’s and a middle-England vicar in the 90’s. From 2000-2008 he served as Chaplain in Prague. Subsequent to retirement he joined the ICS Council in 2009 and moved to Exmouth from where he and his wife Margaret venture forth on fulfilling locums on mainland Europe. His favourite text currently is, ‘You are of Christ, and Christ is of God.’ (1 Cor. 3:23).

michael sander (2)Michael Sanders was the ICS Chaplain at St. John and St. Philip in The Hague (2001–2007). He is now active as a Locum and is a member of the ICS prayer group in Cheltenham. He is married to Lesley with three married sons and four grandchildren, is recently retired and now enjoys watching sport, cultivating the allotment, going to concerts and the theatre and keeping abreast of political and economic affairs.

+Henry ScrivenHenry Scriven is the South America Director for the Church Mission Society, in Oxford. He is married to Catherine and have two married children, Anna and Joel, and two granddaughters. His interest in ICS dates back 38 years ago when he served as Seasonal Chaplain in Interlaken. Later he became Chaplain in Madrid and then Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese in Europe (1995-2002). In his CMS role he has special concern for the two South American chaplaincies.

Liz Skudder is a ‎Youth Outreach Worker at ‎Christ Church, Billericay. She is married to Ray and mother to Thomas.



Valerie ThomasValerie Thomas was first introduced to ICS 20 years ago on a campsite in France. She was a member of St. Paul’s, Tervuren, and then St. Michael’s, Paris, where she was licensed as a Reader. She served on the Synod of the Diocese in Europe. Valerie is married to John, who served as an RAF officer and have an adult daughter. Valerie continues to be a Reader in the Diocese of Bath and Wells, serves on Diocesan Synod, and is a volunteer Hospital Chaplain.

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Ann Tyndall is a member of St. Paul’s, Tervuren near Brussels and prior to joining ICS Council was a CMS trustee for several years. She is a lay minister, married to Simon (the chaplain of St. Paul’s) and has two married children in the UK. She was a pharmacist before moving to Belgium. She volunteers at a local social café, is learning Dutch and hopefully improving her French and is enjoying exploring this fascinating country at a significant time in its history.

chris-wellerChris Weller (Treasurer) has been a supporter of ICS through St. Peter’s, Château-d’Oex. He is a Chartered Accountant and was employed in the banking sector for thirty-six years until retirement. He was finance director of the UK subsidiary of Svenska Handelsbanken and then financial controller of its international capital markets’ division in Stockholm. He is a member of St. Philip’s Church, Tunbridge Wells where he is Treasurer. He ran the Rochester Diocese Poverty & Hope Appeal from 2006-2014, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of The Magic Circle, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Carmen and a life member of Kent County Cricket Club. He and his wife Dorothy are keen supporters of the National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and the Royal Opera House.

David WhiteDavid White comes from Northern Ireland and spent most of the last forty years in Brussels. As a Reader in HT Brussels, at St. Mary and St. Martha in Leuven and for a year in Florence. When he retired from his career in the European Commission, he studied Theology in Leuven before he and his wife Diana moved to Northchurch in Herts. David joined the ICS Council in 2012. He is also Chair of the Board of the Chapel of the Resurrection in Brussels.

Gary Wilton was born in Southampton and educated in Bath, Oxford and Nottingham. He is married to Gillian and has two grown up sons Alex and Simeon. From 2008-2013 he was the Archbishop’s Representative to the EU and Canon of the Pro-Cathedral Holy Trinity Brussles. He has been the Vicar of All Saints, Ecclesall since September 2013, and part of the wider church family since 2004.

Steve WStephen Wookey has been Rector of St. David’s, Moreton-in-Marsh for eighteen years, having previously come from Central London. He was first involved with ICS when working as Assistant Chaplain at St. Michael’s in Paris from 1984-1987. Since then he has been a Seasonal Chaplain in Carnac, and has been on the ICS Council since 2010. He is convinced of the strategic importance of English-speaking churches in reaching people of many different nationalities.

Tim Wright joined ICS Council in September 2016.

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