Board of Trustees
Leeds Vineyard operates under the umbrella charitable trust of The Wharfedale Vineyard (as do Harrogate Vineyard and Sheffield Vineyard). The Wharfedale Vineyard is constituted as a limited company and as a charity. As such it is controlled by a board made up of people who are both trustees and directors. The church reports to the Charity Commission and to Companies House. Our charity number is 1071353 and our company number is 3549120.
With the exception of the founding pastor and the company secretary, the members of the board are appointed on an unpaid and rotational basis, usually serving for several years. They provide governance for all three churches (Leeds, Harrogate, Sheffield) as well as Vineyard House and the Child Contact Centre.
Currently the board is made up of:
Anne Button (Company Secretary)
Anne is one of our Assistant Pastors and covers governance and finance. Anne lives in Alwoodley with her husband and three children.
Mike Byde (Chair)
Mike is in a management role within student administration and support services at the University of Leeds. He has many years of experience working in administration and general management roles within the higher education sector. Mike lives in Meanwood, is married to Sarah and they have two young sons. He serves as a worship leader at Leeds Vineyard and he and Sarah also lead a Small Group.
David Flowers (Founding Pastor & Trustee)
David is the (Co-) Senior Pastor and a director of Flowers McEwan Ltd, a small firm of independent financial advisers based in Leeds. He and his wife, Alison, live in Alwoodley. They have two adult sons.
Jon Grayson (Trustee with responsibility for risk management)
Jon is a Senior Manager working with G4S. His expertise is in Risk, Governance & Project Management. Jon lives in Oakwood with his wife and three daughters.
William Sims (Trustee with responsibility for Vineyard House)
William is the head of sales for a major Office Services company. He has two grown up daughters and four grandchildren and lives in Harewood with his wife Victoria. Outside of work and church his interests include road cycling, travel (when allowed), eating great food and enjoying a healthy lifestyle. He is also passionate about honesty and integrity in business with a focus on making companies more sustainable and the development of corporate social responsibility.
Tim Steere (Trustee with responsibility for HR/looking after people)
Tim is Head of Customer Insight at Leeds Building Society. He is also a board member of Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation alongside being a Director and Chair of AURA Insight a networking forum for clientside insight professionals. Tim lives in Headingley with his wife and four children. They are foster carers for Leeds City Council. If he has any spare time Tim will be found running up hill and down dale as fast as he can!
Griselda Togobo (Trustee with responsibility for Diversity & Integration)
Griselda is an Engineer, and Chartered Accountant turned entrepreneur. She is a passionate advocate for equality and inclusion and CEO of forwardladies.com, a leading global community dedicated to the training and development of female leaders. She lives in Leeds with her husband and two children.