Glynn BarrowGlynn Barrow is married to Tory and they have 8 children - 5 of whom are adopted and 1 fostered. They now have 3 grandchildren who they feel they don't get to see enough! Glynn has worked in charities both at home (Dorset England) and abroad (Cambodia) where he has taken senior roles in the finance, management and administration of these charities. He has a Masters Degree in Administration and is well versed in charity law.

Glynn and Tory have been active in pursuing James' mandate to care for widows and orphans in James 1 v 27 throughout their Christian lives. They are passionate about seeing displaced vulnerable children find families and have supported this work for many years. They have seen at first hand in Cambodia as well as in the UK, the damage institutions do to children and feel privileged to be able to take that passion for change into a practical demonstration of this by working with SFAC.

When not being activists they love to watch action films, go for long walks and discover great food by trying the many restaurants in their area.


Philip Cotterill OBEPhilip Cotterill OBE has worked in social care since 1971 first in Croydon and then for the majority of his time in Kirklees where he rose to be Director of Social Services between 1994-2006 in which time the council achieved a three star rating (highest possible). For the last two years at Kirklees Philip became the Corporate Director of Organisational Development preparing the Council for its Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA). Kirklees was subsequently named as ‘Council of the Year’ in 2008.

Philip is the founder of the Kirklees Leadership Academy to which future aspiring senior managers were placed and undertook a challenging process of development.

Philip sat on the National Executive Council of the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS) for many years and was its International Secretary; a post he held from 2002-2016. He has led ADSS delegations to Sweden and Romania, has undertaken an EU peer review in Finland and lectured in the Czech Republic.

In 2008 Philip held discussions, on behalf of the UK government, in Hong Kong, Fuzhou and Beijing aiming to develop new professional ties with social care providers. In particular this was in connection with the promotion of alternatives to institutional Children’s’ Care. He held discussions with Hong Kong’s Fostering Association

He chaired the Yorkshire & Humberside branch of ADSS for a number of years and was a Trustee of After Adoption Yorkshire.

Philip has been a long serving Board Member and Trustee of the European Social Network (ESN) which is the independent network for directors of social services, health, education and employment in Europe funded in large part by the European Commission. In this role Philip has travelled widely in Europe. ESN has Member organisations across the whole of Europe.

Philip has been a Social Care advisor to the City of Arad, (Romania) since 1994. The task at the beginning was to advise on the closure of the large hospitalised ‘orphanages’ in the city and to change the models of care, a processes which became known as deinstitutionalisation.

Philip was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in her Birthday Honours list of 2004.

Philip has been married to Alyson for forty years and they have three children and two grandchildren. He supports Huddersfield Town.


John ElleringtonJohn Ellerington is married to Jane, they have 2 children and 4 grandchildren who they love to spend time with. John has practiced as social worker for the last 20 years predominantly working in fostering and adoption, he is also an independent member on a fostering panel.

Prior to entering social work John worked in the art business for 20 years before deciding to have a career change.
Recently John has semi-retired and enjoys his newly acquired allotment. When not digging out potatoes, he also enjoys walking and following his beloved Chelsea football club. John is an elder and worship leader in his local church.


John SwiftJohn Swift has been married to Joy for 45 years; they have four children and six grandchildren. He’s now retired after over 42 years in various public health roles in local government and the NHS. He is author of the book ‘One for All’, a harmonisation of the four gospels.

John is a trustee of three charities, including one he established to support a school in Kenya.

When not involved with activities related to a large city centre church they attend, John and Joy spend their time gardening, birdwatching and reading historical novels.

Peter WhiTrustee - Peter Whitete is married to Sheila and they have 3 daughters and eleven grandchildren who keep them busy. Before he retired Peter was a debt adviser with a large UK charity.

Peter is very active in his church where he serves as an elder and is a trustee of another charity. In addition he leads a team raising money to provide education for children and training for adults in Africa, mainly Kenya.

Away from this he plays golf and has recently taken up Petanque. He cannot get Leeds United out of his blood and like others dreams of a return to the glory years.

Peter and Sheila also have an allotment where they both love to ‘potter' around.

Mick PeaseMick Pease is the founder and director of SFAC. He married Brenda in 1971 and had 2 sons Mark and Kevin and now have 6 grandchildren.

Mick has worked as a social worker with local government children’s services in UK (City of Leeds) for 37 years predominantly in child protection, fostering and adoption.

In 1997 Mick and Brenda worked voluntarily in Sao Paulo, Brazil for 12 months with a children’s mission. There were children of all ages placed in an institution and Mick could not ignore the fact that most of them could and should be living with substitute families, not institutions. Whilst in Brazil he met Baroness Caroline Cox from UK House of Lords who suggested that he raise the possibility of Foster Care in Brazil! From that discussion the UK Charity SFAC was born in 2002 and now works across many developing countries.

Outside of family and football (Leeds United!) Mick’s passion is to see children in families, not institutions (Psalm 68:6). He believes that children should be supported to remain with their family and community but when separation is unavoidable they are placed with safe and suitable extended family members or Foster Carers.

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