Our trustees

Jem Hovil

Jem is an Associate Mission Partner of Crosslinks, a UK based mission agency, and is supported to act as our executive trustee. He trained initially as a science teacher and was later ordained in the Church of England. He served in churches in Cambridge and London before moving to Uganda with the family in 2000 to work in grassroots church leadership development with the Church of Uganda. His doctoral research was carried out from there in the area of theological education and curriculum design. From 2004 that grassroots pastor training work took him to other countries in East and Southern Africa, as well as to parts of Asia and Latin America. Jem moved with the family to South Africa at the end of 2007 before returning to the UK in 2013 to live in Bath, where he grew up.  Jem is a landlocked surfer who also loves fly-fishing in wild places, travel, spending time his wife and three children, and walking the dog.

Peter Ackroyd

Peter is dedicated to building the local church and has been growing St Mary’s church, Wootton, Bedford as vicar there since 2002. He has served on the leadership teams of a number of other churches, as well as working for a number of years leading and promoting the ministry of the Proclamation Trust, which equips leaders in preaching ministry. Peter has significant prior experience in business and finance, including time with Barclays in Botswana and London. His contact with BUILD and the Church of Uganda was forged through a sabbatical at Uganda Christian University as visiting lecturer there. Peter’s first degree, in History, was from Cambridge, and his second, in Theology, from Oxford. His PhD on the Church and the English Reformation through his study of Peter Martyr Vermigli, is from Edinburgh University. Peter is actively involved in a number of other church and charitable bodies. He is married with three children and makes time for a range of interests that include rowing, reading and a spot of baking.

Andrew Davisson

Andrew is our treasurer. Having graduated with BSc First Class Honours in Statistics from The University of Bath, Andrew started his career with the global investment bank Salomon Brothers. He spent 17 years in the world’s financial markets as a trader and investor and co-founded Strategic Asset Management Ltd (SAM), a Bermuda-based investment management company. In 1995 Andrew left SAM to pursue personal interests. He was the Founder and Chairman of Entrust Foundation (now E3 Initiative), which BUILD Partners grew out of, and led that work for a number of years, both from the UK and from South Africa, where he lived for a number of years. He has been married to Monique since 1994 and they have two daughters.

Lucy Hefford

Lucy is currently studying mission at All Nations Christian College, as she prepares for cross-cultural work on the African continent. Lucy previously taught RE after completing her theology degree and teacher training in Durham. Her passion, which has grown out of her involvement in Uganda, is to see rural church communities in Africa resourced for the task before them. She was on the committee of the Teso Development Trust for a number of years and regularly visits Teso, in north-east Uganda. She is currently working on a pilot Children’s Bible project in the region. In her spare time she likes to watch West Wing and run the social events committee at All Nations.

Andrew Symes

Andrew Symes is a graduate of Cambridge University and All Nations Christian College in England. He worked in South Africa for 13 years in three different capacities. Initially he was Lay Ministry Training Coordinator for a rural Anglican Diocese, and then after ordination served as a curate in a large suburban Anglican church. In his last South African job he taught and developed extension programmes at the Bible Institute of the Eastern Cape, a small interdenominational college in Port Elizabeth focussing on providing affordable and relevant training for ministry for leaders of churches in economically disadvantaged communities. He returned to England in 2006, and was co-pastor of a church plant on a housing estate in Northampton before, more recently, pursuing MA studies in Mission and Ministry, and becoming the Executive Secretary of Anglican Mainstream. Andrew is married to Camilla, and they have two children who are now young adults.