Meet Our Leaders
Paul Brooks (Executive Chairman) has been up to his neck in charitable work for over 40 years. Describing himself as a “committed, but rather faltering, follower of Jesus”, his constant prayer is “Your kingdom come”, which he sees as bringing help and hope to hurting, despairing, anguished people, whoever and wherever they may be. “To me, Root and Branch Change is the culmination of decades of hard lessons learned through countless opportunities to participate in the transformation of lives in many parts of the world. And one of the greatest of those lessons is the realisation that the big, powerful people are not the biggest change-makers – it’s the small, ordinary, humble people, and even those who are damaged”, says Paul.
Bernie Grist (Trustee) visited Munsieville in 2019 with a team from her home church, St Mary's, Chesham and, as many before her, fell in love with the community; she is committed to helping in whatever ways she can, to help the children of the township reach their full potential, physically, emotionally and spiritually. She is an artist, specialising in screen printing techniques to create exquisite designs that reflect her love of God and her reverence for all He has created. Bernie is married to Dave, another Munsieville enthusiast!
John Spence (Trustee) is Youth Minister in the Parish of Great Chesham, UK. He is a big believer in the lasting benefits of giving young people, and older people, too, the opportunity to experience the transforming impact of stepping beyond the normal "safe zone" to serve those in need. He has played a pivotal role in mobilising scores of people from the UK to help bring positive and lasting change in Munsieville and in those who go there to serve the community. John is married to Dani and they are parents to a lively young son.
Sue Brooks (Finance Officer) has been married to Paul since 1977 and as well as involvement in many of the initiatives referred to above, she made advising young people on their careers her own career, developing a specialism in supporting young people with special needs to discover their way of making a contribution to society after they emerged from school-age provision. She is a gifted administrator and has a highly-effective listening ear.