New Trusts and Foundations Manager

FHL welcomes Mick Boyle as 'Trusts and Foundations Manager' 

FHL is delighted to welcome Mick Boyle as our new ‘Trusts and Foundations Manager’. From Jan 2 Mick will work two days a week for FHL based from his home near Stockport. 

This appointment takes our ‘full-time equivalent’ employee numbers to 2.2. The role will initially be for six months with the hope that it will be extended. Mick comes to us with excellent credentials having recently secured funding of over £400,000 to support renovations at his local parish church.

Peter Rand, FHL Vice Chair, said,

“This is a very exciting development for FHL and not before time, (!) - as I complete this important task just before handing over the reins in the UK to Maria. I am very pleased that Mick is joining the team and wish him much enjoyment from the role and great success! I shall look forward to supporting his efforts to identify appropriate projects in the Holy Land for bids to charitable trusts and foundations.”

Mick shares his thoughts and observations as he starts his new role with FHL:

“I first became aware of FHL when my wife Lynn, now the FHL diocesan co-ordinator for Chester, and I were trying to find a way to support a friend, a Palestinian Christian Guide in Bethlehem, and his young family. Whatever we tried to do, or whomever we approached, we were led down alleyways that had doors well and truly bolted at the end of them. That is until we discovered FHL …and witnessed first-hand how working through them meant it was possible to directly support a Christian family.

 "Ever since I have been a passionate supporter of the organisation and the cause it champions. I have visited the Holy Land on several occasions, keeping up to date with FHL’s work and the situation faced on the ground, to ensure presentations given across our diocese reflect the most current situation.

 "I am really looking forward to taking on the role of FHL Trusts and Foundations Manager. My background is in education, having taught for 36 years, the last 16 of which were in senior leadership. Over the last four years I have been successfully involved in fundraising for several educational initiatives in Europe. More recently, I have headed a renovation project and secured funding of over £400,000 to stop our beautiful church, St Paul’s Compstall, from sliding down the hill into the graveyard below.”

Please hold Mick in your prayers as he starts this exciting and important work helping FHL extend support and encouragement to Christians living in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan.