Welcome to our new Executive Director

FHL are delighted to announce the appointment of Brendan Metcalfe as FHL’s new Executive Director. 

Peter Rand writes,

“I am delighted to welcome Brendan to the FHL team. This is a crucial time in our development as we build on the foundations of our first 10 years and move forward to the next ten and beyond. I am sure you will join me in praying for Brendan and wishing him every success in his new role.”

The Executive Director is a full time role, and Brendan will be based from his home in Milton Keynes. After an initial induction period, the intention is that Brendan will spend around one day a week in Kenilworth, with 1 to 1 ½ days working from home, the balance of time will be spent ‘out and about’, supporting and inspiring current supporters and engaging with new ones.


Brendan said,

 “I am very pleased to take on the role of Executive Director of FHL. I am excited by the challenge to lead the organisation into its future, and to build on the strong foundation established over the past 10 years.

Mindful of my responsibility to safeguard and develop the legacy created by our founder, Michael Whelan, I am confident that with the support of the FHL team of volunteers, staff and trustees, we can together continue to be a positive difference in the daily lives of vulnerable Christians in the Holy Land, and support the maintenance of a Christian presence in the land of its birth.

Over my 30 years in business working across 4 continents, I am practised in picking up the reins in a new role fairly quickly, but I am grateful for your patience and prayers as I get to grips with our mission. I look forward to meeting you all in person as soon as possible so you can share your personal ideas with me. “

Karen Baxter- FHL’s office Manager, Mick Boyle -Trust and Foundations Manager, and the new Communications Manager will all report to Brendan. Peter Rand, Trustee and Vice Chairman, will continue to take responsibility, on behalf of Brendan, for FHL’s work in the Holy Land.