Personnel

Ted Hudson BEM- Founder and Chairman of Bibles for Children. Trained as a librarian in Leeds in the 1940’s. Moved into bookselling in 1950 in Leeds, then Chester and in 1973 in Bath where he became Managing Director of Chivers Book Sales. He set up his own Christian Bookshop in Bath in 1984 – Good News Media. Retired in January 1995. He was a Methodist local preacher for over fifty years. Life-long member of the Methodist Church. Interests: Bible History, Music, Painting.
 
Geoff. Smith – Deputy Chairman. Graduate of Kings College, London (B.Sc Hons 1st class) where he took a Diploma in Theology and his Ph.D in Mathematical Biophysics. Began his teaching career at Stoke Newington in 1962 specialising in Mathematics. Following a move to Romford in 1968, he was appointed Headmaster of Hylands School, Chelmsford in 1973. From 1983 until retirement in 1995, he was Headmaster of Mayflower County High School in Billericay with over 1,200 pupils. A Methodist for over 50 years. Interests: Photography and Chess.
 
John Haywood – Trustee and Associate (Somerset area). Born and educated in Lincolnshire, John trained as a teacher at Chester. He spent 37 years in primary education, moving from his post in Essex to headships in the Scilly Isles and Somerset. He retired in 1997 after 28 years as Headteacher of Marksbury C.E. Primary School in Somerset. He is both an Anglican and a Methodist and serves at Marksbury Parish Church as a churchwarden. Interested in sport, especially cricket, music, art and gardening.
 
Philip Veater – Trustee. Served as a police officer for 33 years in Avon and Somerset up to rank of Chief Superintendent. Deputy Director of the Home Office Crime Prevention  Centre from 1985 until retirement.  In 1991 appointed UK Security Manager of an international company and for 9 years conducted its asset protection programme. A committed Christian from the age of 16, he continues in fellowship with evangelical Christians in North East Somerset. They have sponsored the supply of Bibles to the local primary school for the last 10 years.
 
 PHGPeter Godfrey – Trustee. Born in Essex and educated at Forest School, Peter worked for 27 years in the Flavour Industry working his way up to become Sales Director, travelling across the UK and Europe. Later he became a Sub Postmaster in NE Somerset and nearing retirement took on a part-time position as Parish Council Clerk. He has been a Methodist since a teenager having served the Church three times as a Circuit Steward and also in many other capacities. He is married with two children and five grandchildren.
EMartinElaine Martin – Trustee and Treasurer. Originally from London, Elaine first worked with accountants in Bristol before becoming a partner in John Crick & Co Accountants, which she has been involved with for over 30 years. She has been an Anglican since childhood and served the church in different roles including registrar duties during two interregnums, currently in Safeguarding for the parish of Timsbury. Her main interests are Person Centred Counselling, gardening and walking.
 
 just Ruth_edited-1Ruth Reeve – Administrator. With much of her career spend in administration and other office environments including publishing, both employed and self-employed, Ruth enjoys the challenge of new experiences but appreciates being settled. She is a member of Peasedown St John Methodist Church where she is part of the worship team. Ruth also enjoys friendships, gardening and nice days out.
 
 Joyce Martin – Project Leader. Joyce’s career has been spent predominantly in PA/Secretarial roles to higher management. She and her husband moved to Timsbury in 2014 where they enjoy participating in an assortment of community activities. Joyce has been a Christian for 30 years and involved in numerous outreaches including Healing on the Streets which, she says, was an amazing experience. She studies Biblical Hebrew, plays badminton and loves eating out!
 
Ena Hudson – Trust Secretary. Wife of the founder. Working career in various secretarial posts the last of which, before retirement, was with Bath Building Society. Ena’s main interests are her home and family, reading, sport and exploring the countryside and ancient buildings.
 
 T.H. (Bert) Patrick – Associate (Leicestershire area).
E: bertpatrick@tiltonbroadband.co.uk Bert’s working life has been spent as a journalist and later as chairman of family businesses dealing in clothing and sports equipment. He is very active in his retirement being Chairman of his Church Youth and Sunday Clubs, publicity officer for the local Historic Churches Preservation Trust and Chairman of the South East Leicestershire Auxiliary of the Bible Society whose members, along with Bert’s wife Elizabeth, help with the work of Bibles for Children in his area
 
Judith Dickin – Associate (Lincolnshire area).
E: judith.dickin@ntlworld.com As a recently retired Headteacher of a Church of England and Methodist Primary School, I remain passionate about children’s spiritual development and opportunities for them to grow into the Christian faith. I have been involved with the National Society’s research project into children’s spiritual development and currently inspect Church of England schools in respect of their Christian distinctiveness and effectiveness. I also co-ordinate the Bishop’s Visitor programme for the Lincoln Diocese, in which we seek to appoint a voluntary “christian friend” for each school.
  
Janet Hawking – Associate (West Wales area) E: janethawking@gmail.com Originally from Devon, Janet and her husband moved to Pembrokeshire as farmers in 1973. They had six children and helped establish New Life Church, Cardigan. Widowed in 2000, Janet left the farm. She now enjoys spending time with her family and keeping active. Since 2006 Janet has trained many Walk Through the Bible presenters, and together they have arranged for the provision of Bibles from “Bibles for Children”, and taught “Walk Through the Bible” lessons in over 200 primary schools throughout Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. Janet also has a passion to see churches involved in and supporting their local primary school(s).
 
Roger Massingberd-Mundy –  Associate (Norfolk area).
E: revmassingberd@gmail.com In 1962 Roger was ordained as priest in the Church of England. His many years of experience include serving a new Christian community on a housing estate in Newcastle, building a church, serving as Diocesan Stewardship Adviser for 12 years, T.A. chaplain for 25 years, enjoying a country group ministry in Lincolnshire and serving as a part-time chaplain to a prep school in Norwich, which awoke him to the great need that Bibles for Children is seeking to meet.