Cinnamon 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.

Community Transformation Project (CTP) Advisors

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Gary Atkins

CTP Manager

Gary leads the Cinnamon Community Transformation Project. With his wife Hilary, he is founding pastor of the Storehouse Church in Cheshire and Gary helps lead networks including Link Up Mid-Cheshire, the Salt of the Earth and Chairs Churches Together in Winsford. Gary led the West Cheshire faith audits and civic engagement project from 2009-2014. He has been married to Hilary for 28 years and has two daughters aged 24 and 20.


Victoria Lawrence

CTP Advisor (Sussex)

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.


Alison Linfield

CTP Advisor (Yorkshire)

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.

Church and Community Advisors


Mike Royal

Church Engagement Team Leader
and Representing the West Midlands & North West

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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Gareth Brown


Gareth Brown works as Church Engagement Manager supporting our great team of Advisors. He is the Co-leader and Community Connector of a growing inner-city church in Smethwick, and director of a small charity called Smethwick CAN. He has a particular interest in community development and social enterprise, has been married to Beth for 20 years, and has 4 children, aged 5 to 17.  

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Diane McWilliam

Representing Scotland

Diane represents 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 sons; one of whom is a student, and a daughter-in-law.


Mandy Bayton


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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Hilary McClay

Representing Northern Ireland

Hilary is the new Cinnamon Advisor for Northern Ireland. She is married to David, lives in Belfast, and is mother to three and mother-in-law to two. Hilary works at Willowfield Parish Community Association (which runs a variety of projects to benefit local people who struggle with challenging situations) which is closely linked to Willowfield Church where David is Rector.  Together they also lead New Wine Ireland.


Paul Garratt

Representing Hampshire

Paul is the Cinnamon Advisor for Hampshire, and Partnership Manager for the South of England. He is passionate about church development, and has planted a successful congregation in Reading, Berkshire. Paul is an accredited minister in the Free Churches Group and has a Master’s degree in Divinity.


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.


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.