The pioneering, miraculously assembled
i61m Team
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John Kirkby

Founder

Officially Dr John Kirkby CBE, but much prefers 'Johnny Boy'. 3 times winner Sunday Times best leader. Honorary Doctor of Bradford Uni. Founder of Christians Against Poverty.

John had tough life after his father died. He was arrested while debt collecting and charged with aggravated theft when a repossession went wrong in the 80's. Praise God he was eventually found not guilty and is now a front line Police chaplain with Leeds west. Only God !

John took up the personal challenge to share Jesus when God gave him Isaiah 61:1, and has founded i61m to to see every Christian confidently doing the same.

Lisa Robertson

Head of Operations

God told Lisa to get in touch with John, before anyone knew about i61m. With her experience in operations, management, PR, creative and more, she's our team glue. Full of compassion, makes things happen.

Matt Scott

Creative & Digital

Matt bumped into John at a crossroads on a family walk. The rest is history. If it's digital, creative or stops working properly, Matt's in the middle of it. He loves people as much as he loves design in all it's forms.

Luke Goss

Fundraising

Luke's specialities are strategic planning & evaluation, fundraising, project management, CSR & ESG implementation. We love his dedication in all parts of his life, and his ability to discern God's voice through it all.

Christian Allsworth

Church Partnerships

A divine prompting, followed by a miraculous meeting at the side of a football pitch all confirmed Christian belonged at i61m. Pastoral, relational, he's the perfect person for our Church Partnership team.

Dave Parkinson

Church Partnerships

If you don't know Dave, you're probably in the minority. He's wonderful. His ability to connect and relate to leaders around the country makes him a vital part of our Church partnership dream team.

Gill Carley

Mission Engagement

Gill is in the i61m 'miraculous connection' club. Gill's heart is people, and she now connects with our whole movement via phone, email, praying with them and helping them journey with i61.

Wendy Parkinson

Mission Engagement

Wendy is the perfect asset for our mission engagement team. She's a super connector and loves people. Championing i61m at events, connecting with those in our movement and helping their i61 journey.

Heather Thomson

Accounts & Giving

Heather has a rare and invaluable combination of financial experience. She has managed accounts working in both the private and charity sectors. She brings a warmth to the numbers, and is a joy to have as part of the team.

Simon Benham

Spiritual & Church Consultant

Simon is senior pastor of multi-site Kerith Community Church and loyal friend to John. His spiritual and practical wisdom and insight into Churches and leadership continues be invaluable.

Paul Hubbard

Spiritual & Pastoral Consultant

Paul is the friend who introduced John to Jesus all those years ago, and has been journeying with him ever since. He has apostolic oversight of Christian Life Church Shipley, and many more around the world. Paul brings wisdom, insight and pastoral care to the i61 team.

Meet our amazing
Trustees
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Angie Campbell

Chair of Trustees

Angie is Senior Pastor at The C3 Church, leading with heart and soul. Founder of the vibrant "Breathe Collective," a space where women leaders flourish. Director of The Global Leadership Network UK. A passion to see people find faith (hence she loves i61m) and walk into their true potential. With her love of crafts she weaves faith, fun and family into a beautiful tapestry of life.

Tim Morfin OBE

> Trustee

Tim is the award-winning founder and Chief Executive of TLG who was recognised as the Sunday Times Best Charity Leader in 2019, and recieved an OBE in 2023. Tim is an author, popular speaker and advisor. He is passionate for the Church to be active in every community, bringing hope and a future to struggling children.

Lian Jacobs

Becoming a Trustee

Deputy Director for Youth & Emerging Generation team at Tearfund. Lian met John and Lisa a few years ago and was so encouraged by them and the work that i61m was doing that she was passionate to serve as a trustee.

Adele York

> Trustee

Adele met John in 2003, working for CAP. They soon became friends and Adele had a real heart to intercede for John and led his intercessory team there. Adele now owns a Boutique B&B and Christian retreat in York. She has a huge passion for evangelism and discipleship and so i61m is a fabulous fit for her gifting and experience.

Mark Rowley

> Trustee

Mark leads the Church Partnership section of Christians Against Poverty and first met John through his work at CAP. Now close friends (and enduring the ups and downs of following Bradford City together), Mark has a huge passion for the local church and the role it plays in the work of i61m.