Our Governance

The Gratitude Initiative board is Chaired by Bishop Ric Thorpe and meets quarterly to provide governance, financial oversight and strategic direction. Board meetings are also attended ex-officio by The Director of Gratitude Initiative: Girma Bishaw (Director and Founder of Gratitude Initiative)

Our Board of Trustees

Bishop Ric Thorpe

Bishop of Islington, Chair of Gratitude Initiative Trustees

Dr Harvey Kwiyani

Lecturer at Liverpool Hope University, Gratitude Initiative Trustee

Revd Celia Apeagyei-Collins,

Founder and President of the Rehoboth Foundation, Gratitude Initiative Trustee

Matt Bird

Founder and CEO of NAYBA / Gratitude Initiative Trustee

Revd Hun Kim

Diaspora consultant & Director of KRID, Gratitude Initiative Trustee

Our Director

Revd Dr Girma Bishaw

Director and Founder of Gratitude Initiative

Clare Herriot

Gratitude Initiative Communications

Our Advisory Council

The Gratitude Advisory Council London, advises on the development of the Gratitude Initiative

  • The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun (The Bishop of Southwark)
  • Pastor Kingsley Appiagye (Senior Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Croydon)
  • Pastor Siew Huat Ong (Osh) (Senior Pastor of Chinese Church in London)
  • Dr Hugh Osgood (One of the Presidents of Churches Together in England and President of Churches in Communities International)
  • Dr Yoseph Mengistu (Senior Lecturer at SOAS University of London)
  • Rev Jonathan Rust (Director of Mission Development in Dioceses of London, Kensington Area)
  • Neil Jameson CBE (Founding Executive Director of Citizens UK)
  • Graham Miller (The Chief Executive of London City Mission)
  • Canon John Kafwanka (Director of Mission in the Anglican Communion)
  • Ram Gidoomal CBE Founder of Asian Christian Concern
  • Rev. Namjin Kim (Director: Prayer Mission UK I Europe)
  • Dione Mcdonald (Director at Windrush Foundation)
  • Pastor Chrishanthy Sathiyaraj

``Gratitude is being able to notice and then appreciate the positives in life.`` Dr Fuschia Sirois