The Great Wood Trust oversees the running and development of Great Wood Camp, and is formed of the following wonderful people:

John Simmons (Chair)

I first turned up at Great Wood as an uninvited boyfriend of a teenage camper at the Easter youth Camp run by John Inchley. This was in 1968, and since then I married Jan and Great Wood has been an important part of both our lives . Through running camps for teenagers and support for SU’s camping ministry worldwide I have come to realise the huge impact good young adult role-modelling is in the spiritual development of children and young people. The effective formula of Christians who take their faith in Jesus seriously being able to have fun and develop deep friendships is a part of the brilliance of Great Wood. I was involved in the evolution of Great Wood from a minor part of SU in England to a thriving Charitable Trust in its own right, whilst retaining essential and valued links with SU’s ministry. I remain responsible for the overall direction and vision of the Trust, ably supported by a talented bunch of co-trustees – and of course, by our two valued and enthusiastic members of staff.

Richard Barker

Dr Jon Chambers

Rev Mike Haslam

‘Faith, family, friends [including furry ones] and fell-running’ is my introduction on Twitter. As a Church of England priest I’ve served in parishes and as a chaplain in schools, colleges and a university.  I am currently Chaplaincy Development Adviser for the Diocese of Bath and Wells, based in Somerset [a half marathon run over the hills from Great Wood]. I love the opportunities that we get as chaplains to meet with the 95% of people who don’t regularly [monthly] visit a place of worship and live and tell the story of God’s love. It was chaplaincy which drew me to Great Wood, where there is an amazing chaplain.  I have seen lives changed by chaplaincy ministry and by Great Wood and it’s a privilege to be a trustee there.  Favourite part of Great Wood – the surroundings

Sue Keighley

Rev Chris Owen

James Rennison

Jan Simmons

David Whitehouse


  • Patrick Weld (Chaplain)
  • Andy Bennett (Site Manager)
  • John Owen (Treasurer)
  • Morey Andrews (Deanery Support)
  • Jo Morley & Margaret Lilley (Scripture Union representatives)