Advisors

The Cinnamon Advisors are experienced Christian leaders who are here to help you as you consider setting up a community project in your area.

Vanessa Francis

Vanessa Francis

CINNAMON NETWORK ADVISOR TEAM MANAGER

Vanessa Francis is the Cinnamon Advisors Team Manager. She is a manager with over 13 years experience of leading and managing a range of teams and projects in England, Ukraine and Haiti, with a particular focus on leadership development for children and young people. She is married to Cassius, an ordained minister. 

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Mike Royal

Representing the West Midlands

Mike Royal leads on Church Engagement for Cinnamon. He is also the National Director of TLG which enables churches to work with children and young people at risk of exclusion from school across the UK. He has a Masters degree in Black Theology from Birmingham University, and has been married to Viviene for 20 years.

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Pall Singh

Representing The East of Scotland

Pall Singh represents Cinnamon in Scotland. He works for Bethany Christian Trust in Edinburgh as the coordinator for ‘Passing the Baton’, which supports churches to befriend and engage with people who are socially isolated and lonely in their communities. Since 1997 Pall has worked with CMS as a Mission Partner and East West Trust enabling Churches in Birmingham towards a better understanding of South Asian cultures and working in the diverse communities.

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Rachael Ezra

Representing the North East

Rachael is the Cinnamon Advisor for the North East. She is married with two young daughters. She has been the Lead Youth Worker at her home church for over 15 years on a small council housing estate. She gained her Masters in Professional Youth Work at Teesside University, and has worked for the Northern Baptist Association as their Youth Specialist.

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Mandy Bayton

REPRESENTING WALES

Mandy is the Cinnamon Advisor for Wales. She is part of the leadership team of Parklands Church in Swansea and is the Hope Director for Wales where her role is to help Churches across Wales work together to see individuals and communities transformed by Jesus’ love. Mandy is also a Vice-President of Gweini which represents Wales’ Christian voluntary sector. Mandy is married to Ron and between them they have 5 children.

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Tommy Stewart

Representing Ireland

Tommy Stewart represents Cinnamon across the whole of Ireland. He is a leadership advisor who has worked with churches, denominations, missional organisations and the wider voluntary sector for the past 25 years. His passion is to see the church re-established at the heart of communities across Ireland. He is married to Roberta and has 3 maturing sons. 

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Alison Linfield

Representing The North West

Alison is the Cinnamon North West Advisor, and Police Partnership Manager for the North of England. She is part of the Ministry team of St Michaels, Chester. She also works part time for Link Up, a relational network of churches in Cheshire. Alison is married with two adult children.

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Peter Smith

Representing Yorkshire and Humber

Peter Smith represents Cinnamon for the Yorkshire and Humber region. He is a Chartered Surveyor and long-standing deacon at Skipton Baptist Church. He is married to Ella and they have two grown-up sons. Peter is passionate about the local church and about its role in serving their community.

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Nick Amis

Representing the East Midlands

Nick represents the East Midlands for Cinnamon. He is a trustee for the East Northants Faith Group, delivering support to those most in need in the local area. He’s passionate to see churches united in demonstrating Christ’s practical love for the poor and lonely. Nick has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years and has been married to Tracey for 10 years.

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Adam Dyer

Representing the South West

Adam Dyer represents the South West of England for Cinnamon. He is Leader of Yeovil Community Church in Somerset, and is a passionate advocate of community transformation and social engagement evidenced by the portfolio of projects he and his church are involved in. One of the most significant of these is the Yeovil4Family project. He is married to Rachel.

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Victoria Lawrence

Representing The South East

Victoria Lawrence represents the South East region for Cinnamon. She  is the Founder and President of Abigail Outreach Ministry, which is dedicated to supporting vulnerable women. She is currently studying for a PhD in Divinity/Ministry. She has been married for 20 years to Prince Yomi Lawrence and they have three children.

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Claudine Reid

Representing The East of England

Claudine represents the South East for Cinnamon. She is a co-Director of PJ’s Community Service, a social enterprise in South London. She is an adviser to churches on Social Enterprise, specialising in providing transformational services to communities by providing care, education, economic empowerment arts and personal development programmes.

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Diane McWilliam

Representing the West of Scotland

Diane represents the West of Scotland for Cinnamon. She is a community development worker with wide-ranging experience in community and church projects. An advocate for good practice in community engagement, she is keen to see churches listen and respond well to the needs expressed in their neighbourhoods. Diane is married to Alan, a church leader in Glasgow, and has two student-aged sons and a daughter-in-law-to-be.