Our People

At the NCIs you will work with great people and effective line managers- people who are supportive, collaborative, and bring a wide breadth of perspectives.

Amaris Cole

Amaris Cole – Head of Digital

I lead the Church of England’s Digital Team, responsible for running our award-winning team that manages the national social media channels, websites, apps and campaigns. I’m passionate about purpose-driven innovation and the NCIs has proven to a great place to explore creative solutions to meet the organisation’s goals.

From Christmas campaigns and TikTok advertising to training local churches to use social media to grow their worshipping communities, it’s a privilege to use my skills to run a team that directly furthers the work and mission of the Church of England.

Jenny Wangui

Jenny Akwe – Marketing and Digital Coordinator, Education Office

I work within the Education Office. My role involves coordinating the marketing activities across our various sub-teams. It’s a fun and varied role, and no two days are the same!

Our team has grown a lot since I joined (from 15 people to almost 60!), and as a result I have grown with it; my skillset has developed massively as well as my confidence. This has been through the various opportunities I have been given.

I have worked in quite a few places, and this has been my favourite because there is a genuine desire and effort to focus on the well-being and development of staff!

Sushil Vekaria

Sushil Vekaria – Head of Financial Accounting & Operations, Finance

I am a CCAB qualified accountant and my role at the Church of England Central Services (CHECS) NCI is to head up the Financial Accounting and Operations team, which is a strong team of 30 staff comprising tax, pension, and financial accountants, Payroll advisers, and Finance processing officers. My responsibility is not limited to but includes ensuring that we comply with and meet all statutory requirements, internal policies, and service level agreements. Beyond the day to day, there are also on-going projects that require my input such as the Finance Transformation Project which is looking at replacing our current Finance system.

I thoroughly enjoy working at the NCIs due to the variety and fast pace at which I get to learn new things. It is a unique position to be working for CHECS, as it means that I get exposure to the business needs of 6 other NCIs. Stakeholder relationships are therefore critical to my role and I look forward to building and developing my relationships with all key stakeholders over the months and years to come.

Julian Atkins

Julian Atkins – Net Zero Programme Director, Church Commissioners

I joined the NCIs in February 2023 to lead a brand new Programme which is working to deliver our Routemap To Net Zero Carbon and reduce our in-scope carbon emissions to net zero by 2030. I have always been motivated by wanting to improve our environment and so was attracted to this job because of the very public commitment the Church of England has made to tackling climate change.

The role has also provided an opportunity for me to combine my personal faith and my professional work. The NCIs values also resonate deeply with me and I have found working here such an enriching, welcoming and collaborative experience which only serves to encourage me to give of my best.

Charlotte Thackery

Charlotte Thackery – Executive Legal Officer, Bishopthorpe Palace

As Executive Legal Officer for Bishopthorpe Palace, I support the Archbishop of York on a number of his most important metropolitical functions, including clergy discipline, Canon C4 and Overseas Permissions. I also provide support to the Archbishop’s team in other areas of legislation such as data protection policies and procedures.

Working at the Office of the Archbishop of York is extremely rewarding and uniquely challenging. Since starting my role in 2021, I have been able to undertake a multitude of courses, I have met and worked with many influential and interesting people and I have found great enjoyment in getting involved in Palace life.

Michael Mumford

Michael Mumford – Web Transition Officer, Pensions Board

My role is to get our Pensions Services Online (the web) to our members and employers. I also help administer our pension schemes plus engage with our members about our schemes and how they work. Basically, making pensions a bit more easy-to-understand for everyone.

I enjoy working for the NCIs, and the Pensions Board, as it is an interesting place, and the people are incredible and friendly.

When I first joined back in 2001, I was in the post room, but have developed and worked my way up to where I am now.