Our Directors

Our Directors

Andrew Bensley is a practising solicitor working in Minehead who over the years has had experience as a trustee or director in a number of different charities, having helped 4 such charities to become incorporated.  He is a Director of the Christian Dance Fellowship of Britain, and for the last 10 years has been involved with his wife in leading workshops at Brunel Manor on Dance in Worship.  They are both members of Riverside Church, Taunton, and live with their 2 cats in the seaside resort of Watchet.  What little spare time Andrew has is spent enjoying his 2 classic cars, or visiting his twin granddaughters newly born in 2015.


Tim J. Boaden was accepted onto the Board of Directors in December 2014 to cover the more formal role of Health and Safety;  Tim brings a background of working knowledge as an enforcement officer in public health spanning over 35 years.  Much sense of fulfilment and success, Tim reflects, has come from God’s working on his life – to develop a keen sense of justice, compassion, and interpersonal skills. His second contribution is his experience gained from volunteering in the garden and woodlands and association with the volunteers who are a key mark of the Manor’s ministry.  It has turned out – travel distance no excuse!


John Gosling joined the charity as a trustee in 2012. He had experience as a Salvation Army Officer and served for twenty years ministering in many towns and cities in the UK. For the next twenty years he was a Social Worker in Hertfordshire spending the last eight years as a Team Manager responsible for Social Services to a population of 40,000. He is now retired in Penzance, Cornwall where together with his wife Marian, also a former Salvation Army Officer and teacher, continues serving voluntarily with the Salvation Army. He offers skills in pastoral care and support to the Board of trustees as a director in The Trading Company. They have a daughter and son, both married, and five grandchildren.


Sue Summers joined the charity as a trustee in 2011 having spent her working life in education as a primary school teacher and, later, as a primary school head teacher. Soon after joining the Board of trustees, she managed the work at the Manor for sixteen months – good hands-on experience!  Following incorporation of the charity in 2014, she now has the role of Chair of the Trading Company.  She lives in the wonderful city of Bath with her husband, John, who has a ministry taking services to support many small rural churches in the surrounding area.  They have three grandchildren.  Sue also acts as instrumental entry secretary for the Mid-Somerset Festival.


Ruth Tanner has been visiting Brunel Manor with her family and church for 30 years, and initially got involved 2 years ago as a minute taker for the Board of the old Trust. Then, when the Charity became an Incorporated company she was delighted to accept a place on the Board of Directors of Woodlands House of Prayer (Brunel Manor ) . She holds the post of Company Secretary, an officer of a charitable company with duties set out in law to ensure compliance with the charity's own governing document and various legal matters. She also fulfils this latter role for the Trading Company Brunel Manor Ltd.


Mark Tanner has been visiting Brunel Manor with his family and church for the last 30 years, and initially became involved with the old Charitable Trust as a co-opted Trustee. He has been a director of the new charitable company throughout the incorporation process. Until he retired he was a dental surgeon running a busy 4 dentist practice. He also studied for a postgraduate degree in business management. These skills allow him to oversee the financial position of the charity.