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GUY WEST

Guy is an accomplished businessman with a wealth of experience gained from over 40 years in the international power generation industry. For the last 17 years of his career he was CEO of Centrax Ltd, a major engineering company in SW England. Under his leadership the company experienced rapid and profitable growth winning a number of awards.   He developed high-level strategic relationships with Rolls-Royce and Siemens to become their route to market for Europe.   

He is a Chartered Engineer,  MBA, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical engineers and Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He is also an experienced Life, Business and Executive coach and a business mentor.  

Since taking early retirement Guy has become non-executive director and Chairman of a SW start-up company. In parallel with a successful business career Guy and his wife Tania have raised four, now adult, children and have been involved in strengthening marriages and family life for nearly 30 years. This included founding a charity and developing and running a number of programmes.  They have recently moved to Bristol where they have co-founded The Relationships Academy which seeks to become a centre of excellence for marriage and relationships. They are also involved in a number of initiatives which seek to serve the city. 

ANGIE ALLEN

Angie has a background working with children, having qualified as a Nursery Nurse (N.N.E.B.) in 1990. Some of her roles included: 

  • Working in an inner city day nursery with families from different cultural backgrounds, many of whom were cared for by a single parent. 

  • Setting-up and running a weekly boarding hostel for primary children in Zambia, caring for 10 children. 

  • Setting-up and running a pre-school in Zambia.

  • Working as a nanny

  • Working as a lunchtime supervisor in a local primary school and running a weekly prayer group for parents, as well as hosting a 'Pray for Schools' prayer day.

 

Married for 27 years, they have a daughter (aged 21) and a son (aged 18). For four years she was the full-time carer for her daughter, who was chronically ill, which gave her a personal understanding and compassion for carers; the isolation involved and how whole families can be affected.

 

In 2007 with her husband Roger, they started to network Christians across the region to bring positive change through working together. Angie was especially involved in bringing prayer groups together, running conferences, and helping with administration. She is now involved with the family, arts and worship/prayer aspects of this movement. 

 

Angie is also looking to get involved in supporting local families through building relationships and using creativity and initiatives like 'Transforming Lives for Good', CAP 'Money Matters', and 'Kids Matter'.

TONY BERNDES

Tony has recently taken early retirement, having worked in various roles with the same company for over 30 years in the Electricity Supply Industry. During his working career he was a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and managed a large team of professional electrical design engineers.

Married for over 30 years to Pauline, they have three adult sons and in 2015 adopted a four year old boy. From 2007 to 2015 they were foster carers for the local authority. This has given Tony a broader understanding of the many challenges of family life.

Tony is involved with Resound church and enjoys being part of the PA team. Since retiring, he has more time to walk their dog Obi, and is hoping to further develop his photography skills. He enjoys walking, regular trips to Cornwall, playing five-a-side football, and supporting Tottenham.

 

ANDY BIDDLECOMBE

Andy Biddlecombe has worked as a lawyer for 33 years in various roles and organisations. He currently works as a deputy team leader of the Place legal team in Bath and North East Somerset Council, specialising in Contracts, Procurement, Pensions and Commercial issues. The areas in which he work give him a wide range of knowledge which enable him to help Parent Buddies in fulfilling its legal obligations and function effectively.

He is also team leader of a Christian group in Bristol called “Wildfire” which hosts God’s presence, teaches and equips Christians in how to live in intimacy with Father God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. Also to activate them to move in supernatural power, particularly through healing, giving prophecy to others both believers and non-believers and to embrace a kingdom lifestyle. His passion is to do what Jesus did and help others to do the same and fulfil their full potential and destiny.

His spiritual hero is the great Smith Wigglesworth. He has 4 children, 3 grandchildren and a cat called Tia, who never turns down the opportunity to sit on him! He loves running, hill and mountain walking, supports Arsenal, loves eating curry, his favourite drink is champagne, and his most enjoyable 2 weeks of the year are when Wimbledon is on.

 

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