Meet the team

Dave and Jo Arkell
London & South East Team

Dave and Jo live in Walthamstow, East London and were married in 2002, not wanting to hang around they produced four beautiful boys before 2008 was out – pretty good going! Dave is a Software Developer and works full time and Jo is at home with the children – working full time and a half! Family life is fairly busy (British understatement) but on top of that, they enjoy being part of their local church and building relationships with people in their community. Dave enjoys playing guitar, football and fiddling with his computer. Jo is a keen gardener, producing lots of veg on the allotment. She also enjoys cooking and reading. Daniel, Ben, Tom and Reuben mostly enjoy a good rough and tumble!

Muchada and Rumbi Bvunzawabaya
Midlands Team

Muchada and Rumbi met at the University of Zimbabwe in 1993 . They are both from Zimbabwe but currently live in Warwickshire .

They got married in 1998 in Mount Pleasant Harare and soon after migrated to the UK. They have three children.

They work together running two businesses which are a niche Solicitor’s practise and they operate supported living accommodation for care leavers . They also run a non profit organisation called Migrant Family Support . Rumbi is the more outgoing and bubbly one of the two with Muchada complimenting her personality with his calm and stable influence. He reigns her in and reminds her that she cannot save the whole world.

Mark and Odette Clayton
Manchester and North West Team

Mark and Odette Clayton live in ‘Sunny’ Manchester.  They met each other in September 1995, whilst away on a Young Adults Retreat and married one year later.  They have one grown up daughter and one grandson. Mark works full time as a Project Co-ordinator for a National Charity and is a trained Life Coach. He enjoys relaxing, IT and loves playing a round of Golf (when he finds the time!) Odette is a trained Parenting Practitioner/Coach and is really excited about joining the FamilyLife Team Part time. She enjoys gospel singing, doing jigsaws and loves playing games (Mark thinks she’s very competitive!)  In their ‘spare time’ they enjoy going to the cinema, eating out and spending quality time with family and friends’.

Alasdair and Olivia Coles
Cambridge Team

Alasdair and Olivia Coles have been married for 25 years.  Having moved twelve times over the years they are now settled back in Cambridge learning to become city folk after many years living in the Fens.  They have two teenagers Alex (17) and Kana (15) who seem to need endless taxiing around for their sport and social lives.  Olivia who began her working life as a drama and English teacher has had a very   mixed bag of mostly non paid jobs.  In this second half of life she has ended up working as a full time curate in the Church of England which she loves.  Her main hobby is drinking cappuccinos in nice cafes while catching up with friends.  Alasdair, a doctor mainly researches multiple sclerosis but is also the chaplain to the hospital staff.  At home he loves nothing more than baking bread, building bikes and making a mess according to Olivia!  They occasionally manage to get out for a long walk together – which is their new favourite thing after watching a good film with a nice glass of wine & cheese!

Sean and Miriam Conrad
London & South East Team

Sean and Miriam Conrad live in Tottenham, North London and have been married since 2012.  They grew up together as neighbours who attended the same church, but weren’t exactly childhood sweethearts all along (long story…)!  Sean is a Building Surveyor and Project Manager who loves fast cars and KFC.  Miriam is a secondary music teacher who loves playing the piano and eating out at Italian restaurants (so much classier than Sean’s fast food addiction…). They both share a love of the sea and snorkelling, particularly during their caravanning holidays at Durdle Door in Dorset, their favourite beach. They enjoy their role as youth leaders at their local church and are both excited and nervous about their new role as parents.

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