Board of Trustees
Leeds Vineyard operates under the umbrella charitable trust of The Wharfedale Vineyard (as do Harrogate Vineyard and Sheffield Vineyard). The Wharfedale Vineyard is constituted as a limited company and as a charity. As such it is controlled by a board made up of people who are both trustees and directors. The church reports to the Charity Commission and to Companies House. Our charity number is 1071353 and our company number is 3549120.
With the exception of the founding pastor and the company secretary, the members of the board are appointed on an unpaid and rotational basis, usually serving for several years. They provide governance for all three churches (Leeds, Harrogate, Sheffield) as well as Vineyard House and the Child Contact Centre.
Currently the board is made up of:
Anne Button (Company Secretary)
Anne is one of our Assistant Pastors and covers governance and finance. Anne lives in Alwoodley with her husband and three children.
Mike Byde (Chair)
Mike is in a management role within student administration and support services at the University of Leeds. He has many years of experience working in administration and general management roles within the higher education sector. Mike lives in Meanwood, is married to Sarah and they have two young sons. He serves as a worship leader at Leeds Vineyard and he and Sarah also lead a Small Group.
David Bratley (Trustee with responsibility for finance)
David is a chartered accountant working in Leeds. David lives in Moortown with his wife and daughter.
David Flowers (Founding Pastor & Trustee)
David is the (Co-) Senior Pastor and a director of Flowers McEwan Ltd, a small firm of independent financial advisers based in Leeds. He and his wife, Alison, live in Alwoodley. They have two adult sons.
Elizabeth Hawkhead (Trustee with responsibility for the Child Contact Centre)
Elizabeth is a family lawyer in practice locally. Liz lives in Bramham with her husband and two step daughters.
Alex Holt (Trustee with specific responsibility for Vineyard House)
Alex is an associate technical director for an environmental consultancy firm. Alex lives in Alwoodley with his wife and two children.
Jon Grayson (Trustee with responsibility for risk management)
Jon is a Senior Manager working with G4S. His expertise is in Risk, Governance & Project Management. Jon lives in Oakwood with his wife and three daughters.
Ben is a Senior Finance Officer at Leeds Beckett University. He has a wealth of experience in Finance within the Higher Education Sector. Ben and his wife Kelly live in Morley with their two sons.
Steve Nixon (Trustee with responsibility for capital expenditure and looking after our "assets")
Steve is a Legal Director at a national law firm, specialising in Real Estate. He brings commercial and contract expertise to the board. Steve lives in Alwoodley with his wife and two daughters.
William is the head of sales for a major Office Services company. He has two grown up daughters and four grandchildren and lives in Harewood with his wife Victoria. Outside of work and church his interests include road cycling, travel (when allowed), eating great food and enjoying a healthy lifestyle. He is also passionate about honesty and integrity in business with a focus on making companies more sustainable and the development of corporate social responsibility.
Tim Steere (Trustee with responsibility for HR/looking after people)
Tim is Head of Customer Insight at Leeds Building Society. He is also a board member of Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation alongside being a Director and Chair of AURA Insight a networking forum for clientside insight professionals. Tim lives in Headingley with his wife and four children. They are foster carers for Leeds City Council. If he has any spare time Tim will be found running up hill and down dale as fast as he can!