BGN Leadership

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Ian and Helen Thomson live in Southampton, England. They have four children and four grandchildren. Ian has served as the President of Bringing Good News since its beginning in 2002.

A Welcome from Ian Thomson

My Name is Ian Thomson and I manage a small property company in England. In 1996, I attended a Christian conference and during that event I developed a clear sense that God wanted me to bring good news to the poor.

After the conference I spent the next two years wondering what this meant and who were the poor that I was to help. Then, in 1998, I visited an orphanage in Ukraine. I lived in the orphanage with the children for two weeks and those two weeks changed my life. I no longer asked the question who were the poor. The answer was obvious. I was sure that I could do something to help these children.

I returned home to England and started to think how I could assist them. I began to regularly visit orphanages and internats in Ukraine, giving practical help to improve the conditions for the children. Internats are very poor, State-run institutions with a mixture of orphans and vulnerable children from very poor families.

As the work developed, I formed a UK registered charity in December of 2002 and with the help of the Missions pastor and friends at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL, links were formed in the United States.

The work of Bringing Good News continued to develop, not only helping those in great need in Ukraine, but also in Central Asia and Africa. This led to Bringing Good News USA being formed and registered as a USA 501 C3 in 2006.

UK Board of Trustees

Ian Thomson serves as President and oversees Bringing Good News along with the help of a board of trustees in the United Kingdom as well as a board of directors in the United States. Both groups work together to ensure there is accountability in every aspect of BGN’s ministry, from its mission focus to its financial stewardship.

Maggie Smith
Maggie SmithChairman
Maggie is a registered nurse, midwife and health visitor. She has a passion for families, and for children to have the opportunity to grow up in a positive environment. Maggie first traveled to Africa in 2004 with BGN as part of a team to provide practical support to poor communities in Zambia; this led to a deeper desire to help relieve poverty and promote self-sufficiency. Maggie is married to Mark and has 3 adult children.
Helen Thomson
Helen ThomsonTrustee
Helen is married to Ian and they have four children – Sarah, David, Rachel and Susannah – as well as four grandchildren. Helen has a passion for helping children, especially those living in desperate poverty. In the past, she has traveled to Africa to help AIDS orphans. She enjoys gardening and photography and has a particular concern for the welfare of small children.
John Symons
John SymonsTrustee
John is a retired pastor, having served in Zambia in 3 different churches and also in Southampton for nearly 15 years. He is blessed with a wife, 4 children and 8 grandchildren. John loves cycling, painting, and running an allotment. He belongs to a very interesting church which is focused on reaching Asians from other religious backgrounds.
Kelsie Ackland
Kelsie AcklandTrustee
Kelsie Ackland is married to John. They have four children and she home-schools their youngest two. Kelsie has been a trustee since 2005. She has been a passionate supporter of the charity and loves the way the charity is able to touch the lives of individuals and communities across the world.

USA Board of Directors

Fred Judd
Fred JuddChairman
Fred and his wife, Jane, live in Birmingham, AL and have been supporters of Bringing Good News for over 15 years. Fred currently serves as Chairman of Bringing Good News, USA. Previously Fred has led mission teams to Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Angola, South Africa, Central Asia, Russia and China. Fred and Jane have five children and fourteen grand-children.
Wayne Kendrick
Wayne KendrickBoard of Directors
Wayne Kendrick and his wife, Donna, are parents to two adult children and five grandchildren. They have been members of The Church Brook Hills since 1999 where he current serves as an elder. Wayne is retired, having formerly worked as the Head Athletic Trainer at Samford University, but does continue to work part-time with UAB Sports Medicine at Children’s Hospital. Wayne and Donna also serve as Disaster Relief Chaplains.
Richard Rowe
Richard RoweBoard of Directors
Richard Rowe is married to Jenny Smith Rowe, they have two sons, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Richard is a local carpenter. He has been a member of the Church at Brookhills since 1997. Met Ian on a mission trip to Ukraine in 1999. Richard’s hobby is photography