Like us, our Trustees are passionate about helping Christians in the Holy Land. They bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge across various sectors and provide overall governance, strategic direction and oversight of our activities. All of our Trustees are volunteers, providing their service for free.

Meet our Trustees here:

Jim Quinn, Chairman

Jim QuinnJim has been a Trustee for FHL since 2013 and became Chairman shortly after. Jim is a solicitor, having been the manager of a large and growing legal practice for 30 years. He has experience as a judge of the county court, and assisting in the administration of the local Magistracy in Worcestershire. Jim was International Secretary of the Catenian Association for 6 years and a Director for 14 years; he was also Chairman of Trustees for 10 years of Father Hudson’s Care, the social care agency of the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

Jim was inspired to become a Trustee by the visit with Archbishop Vincent Nichols to the Holy Land in 2007 when the charity was started.

Jim Kelly 

Jim Kelly FHL TrusteeJim taught in secondary schools in Coventry and London prior to being appointed, at the early age of 32, as the founding headmaster of the first catholic comprehensive school in Sheffield from 1975. During his period of headship, he was also used by the Catholic Educational Council, the Diocese of Hallam and local education authorities, for short term secondments to address a range of educational issues and developments.

He was awarded a papal knighthood (K.S.G.) in 1991 for his work in education.  He was elected  President of the Catenian Association and spent the year 2005-2006 travelling in Australia, Africa, Malta, Ireland and the U.K. developing the work of that association with the circles and catholic hierarchies in those countries.

He has had extensive experience in work with governing bodies of educational institutions and trusts throughout his career. He was invited by the Founder Chairman, Michael Whelan, to become a Trustee.

Reverend Canon David Longe

Revd David LongeRevd David was a lawyer specialising in representing asylum applicants, before being ordained as an Anglican deacon in 2009, and priest in 2010. He served for 6 years in an inner city parish, before spending 3 years in Jerusalem as Chaplain to the Anglican Archbishop.  He is now working in a multi-parish benefice in North Norfolk.

Revd David first encountered FHL while serving in Jerusalem when he was struck by how it sought to engage in a deep and meaningful way with the daily reality faced by many of the Christians in the Holy Land.   FHL understands that many of the communities live in real hardship, many are unemployed (in Gaza around 70% of the population are unemployed for example); many cannot cross the borders to Jordan or Israel to visit family members; and many have their access to medical care severally restricted due to border control.  FHL listens to those cries in the Holy Land and responds to them in an extraordinary and compassionate way, bringing relief to families and communities through its care.   Revd David said "When I was asked to become a trustee, I felt deeply privileged and honoured."

Rev Canon Mark Madden

Fr Mark Madden

Mark was born and raised in Liverpool. Ordained a Catholic Priest in 1996 and served in a number of parishes, hospitals, high school chaplaincies and he also lectured in theology at Liverpool Hope University. 

For the last twenty years Mark has been heavily involved in supporting the Christian communities in the Holy Land, visiting the region 4-5 times a year. He works very closely with the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and was made a Knight Commander of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He has been involved with Friends of the Holy Land since its foundation.

In 2019, Mark was given the rare honour of being installed as a Canon of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

A member of the International Affairs Department of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales and is currently the Coordinator to the Holy See’s International Bishops Holy Land Coordination Group.

He is often asked to speak about the current issues affecting the Middle East and his experience in working with the Christian communities and refugees living in the Holy Land.

Sarah Parkhouse
Sarah ParkhouseSarah because a Trustee in 2019. Until 2017 Sarah worked as a partner in a large law firm in the City specialising in advising banks and other financial institutions on Financial Regulation. During  a family career break spent at home raising a young family, Sarah studied for an LLM in Canon law at the University of Cardiff as well as running the Sunday School and acting as a parent governor at the local primary school.
Sarah has visited the Holy Land on a number of occasions and like so many people, came back from each visit wishing she could do more to support the daily lives of those living in such challenging circumstances. Sarah said "The ecumenical and highly practical approach that FHL takes in providing its support really resonated with me.  I feel really honoured to be able to bring some of the transferrable skills picked up  over the course of a legal career in pursuit of such a worthwhile charity." Sarah also recently became a trustee of Playgrounds for Palestine UK.

Peter Rand, Vice-Chairman

Peter Rand MBE, FHL Vice-Chairman

Peter became a Trustee in 2011 and has specific responsibility for managing relationships in the Holy Land. Peter was approached in September 2009 by the Founder Chairman, Michael Whelan about becoming a Trustee.

Peter has a background in Hotel Management and then ran an Event Management Company for 33 years. 

Dr Charles Reed

Charles Reed, FHL Trustee

Dr. Charles Reed is the Church of England’s foreign policy advisor. 

Charles did his undergraduate degree at the London School of Economics and his PHD at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Before taking up his role with the Church of England he worked for the European Commission in Brussels and Burson Marsteller in London. His role with the Church of England involves providing advice and support to the Church nationally on a range of international issues not least the Holy Land. He has travelled widely in the region where amongst other things he meets with local Christian communities to help identify ways that the Church can support their resilience and flourishing in the region. He has been involved with Friends of the Holy Land for 10 years.

Dr David Ryall
David Ryall has been involved with the Friends of the  Holy Land since its beginning. Currently, he is  Director of the Santa Marta Group, which focuses on countering modern slavery and human trafficking. Before that he was Assistant General Secretary at the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, where his responsibilities included working in the Holy Land and the wider Middle East.

Tony Stokes, Director of Finance

Tony StokesTony became a Trustee in 2011, also following an approach by Michael Whelan.
Tony handles all of our accounts, with a background in Finance working primarily in the construction industry in the UK and overseas.