Who’s Who

Staff Team

Russell Whiting
Development Manager
Russell is Christian CND’s Development Manager, with a recently changed job role which now focusses on the work being undertaken investigating charitable status for Christian CND. He’s worked in the peace movement for the past eight years, firstly for national CND before joining CCND in 2017. Outside work, Russell attends an evangelical church in Nottingham. He has an allotment and an Etsy shop where he knits and crochets all sorts of things while listening to heavy metal music!
Liddy Buswell
Outreach Manager
Liddy has been working for Christian CND since September 2021, and is responsible for CCND’s outreach work, with a particular focus on working with young people. She cares deeply about Christians engaging with issues of social justice, and is especially interested about how the voices and experiences of young Christians can bring about change both within and outside of the Church. In her free time enjoys eating good veggie food, spending time in nature, and singing with various local groups in Newcastle.
John McGrath
Administrator
John moved to the United Kingdom from New York City in 2014 and lives with family in Lewisham, South East London.John became interested in the peace movement as a teenager, initially from reading the newspaper and learning the scale of US interventions globally.He learnt from the American Jesuit Priest and anti-war activist Daniel Berrigan when he taught a class at the Colorado College and was fortunate to spend time with him after school when living in New York City.

Executive Committee

Martin Tiller
Co-Chair
Martin’s day job is with Network Rail, but in his spare time he feels privileged to serve as a Christian CND Exec. Nuclear disarmament is such an important and neglected issue, and it urgently needs more Christians involved in it. Martin loves the opportunities that being on Exec gives him to develop that work and reach new people, working within a talented and enthusiastic interdenominational team. His greatest frustration is when nuclear disarmament is seen as a controversial or ‘niche’ issue, especially among Christians – it should be really obvious that we all need to work together for God’s peace on earth. Martin attends a Baptist church and lives in Rugby.
Theresa Alessandro
Co-Chair
Theresa has wanted to rid the world of nuclear weapons since she was a teenager when she read John Hersey’s book, ‘Hiroshima’. She has experience of engaging Christian people in dialogue about nuclear weapons and wider peace issues through designing leaflets and banners, speaking at events in person and online, writing for Catholic press, liaising with church leaders, creating liturgies and working on campaigns. She believes prayer can transform us.
Mike Gilbert
Treasurer
Mike and his wife Caroline came back to the UK in 1980 after working for a few years in Africa (Mike is a botanist, and they met at the Anglican Church in Addis Ababa) to find the country in the middle of the cruise missile crisis. They came in touch with CCND fairly soon afterwards, and Caroline (RIP) became very actively involved. Mike joined the exec six years ago and has previously served as Co-Chair.
Aaron Humphriss
Executive Committee Member
Aaron studied Politics and War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, and became a ‘Faith in Politics’ intern of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (2018-19). During his time as an intern, Aaron worked in the Westminster office of an MP and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Catholic Social Teaching at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. In 2019, he interned with the Holy See Mission to the United Nations in New York and covered the Disarmament and International Security Committee. Inspired by the Holy See’s work on nuclear disarmament, he joined Christian CND in 2020.
Kelvin Gascoyne
Executive Committee Member
Kelvin has been involved with Christian CND for many years and has served on the Executive Committee for some time. Kelvin is always willing to help out and is a regular on our stalls at festivals and events.
You?
Perhaps you are in a position to become a more active participant in the work of CCND? Perhaps you could offer some time and skills in service of our cause? Please reflect prayerfully on how Our Lord might be calling you to help build the Kingdom of God in a practical way. We would be delighted to chat to you about how you might join the Exec. You would be warmly welcomed and supported by the existing team. No specific prior experience is needed. If you might be interested, email us and we’ll send you a copy of the role descriptions and arrange for Martin or Theresa to give you a no-commitment call.
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