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Meet The Team

We are a dedicated group of individuals driven by a shared passion for creating positive change within Torbay

Each member brings unique skills and unwavering commitment to the vision and mission of Torbay United. Most of us here are faces behind the scenes, shaping the vision and driving the impact in collaboration with the local church, partners and all our key stakeholders. Feel free to get in touch with any of us should you wish to do so.



Nathan Kiyaga

I enjoy meeting people, sharing ideas and playing a small part in making the world better. Married to Brigit Kiyaga with a few children,  I am committed to project leadership, and fighting injustice and poverty. Collaboration and partnership is central to my understanding of mission alongside fostering unity and completing impactful projects.I believe that together, we can make a difference. Join us on this journey of faith, compassion, and action. Let’s work together to create a more just, loving, and unified world.

Athena Harper

Athena is a trained counsellor, and has previously worked in a residential setting with young people, and helps lead local community and church youth work.

Alan Poole

For 22 years Alan has dedicated himself to full-time ministry globally, focusing on prayer advocacy. Engaging with various churches, he served the Methodist Church in England, pastored an ELIM church, and collaborated with organisations like Celebrate Jesus USA and Share Jesus International. Now in Torquay, he’s actively involved in the Methodist Church, leading prayer initiatives and contributing to fundraising. Alan’s multifaceted background includes a career in Finance & Corporate Law, bringing a unique perspective to his ministry and writing on prayer.

Lisa Sedgeman

Lisa, joining from Church 180, brings fervour for the Lord. Experienced in leading projects such as domestic abuse and mental health groups, she is passionate about seeing people supported and set free through her work as project coordinator for the YUM Bus.  Lisa, a mum of three, enjoys painting and coastal walks in this beautiful part of the South West.  Her passions lie in the Lord and helping our community to prosper, including being Chairman of an orchestra, which sees children from all backgrounds succeed in playing an instrument.

Joelene Sciberras

Joelene is a self-employed administrator who specialises in design.  With her previous experience working in education, rehabilitation and youth work sectors across South Devon, she has a heart for serving the local community and supporting those in need.

Giles Fearnley

Giles has recently stepped down from a career leading bus and train operating companies around the UK. Whilst continuing part time in an advisory capacity focussing on how public transport can be instrumental in strongly supporting local authorities’ environmental agendas, he is now able to put time into voluntary roles, including as Lay Chair of the Church of England’s Torbay Deanery and a trustee of Torbay United.

Rich Byatt

Since 2016 in Torbay, through Rich Soundings, Rich helps collaboratively and creatively harness potential of individuals and groups, bring more order out of chaos, and realise transformed lives and organisations. He brings nearly forty years’ experience of hands-on systems and business analysis, solutions generation and deployment, team and project leadership.

David Wilkinson

David was formerly a member of the Leadership Team at St Cuthbert Mayne School.  He is a member of St Matthias Church and Secretary to Torbay Deanery Synod and Torbay United.

Steve Vans-Colina

Steve runs a care home for the elderly in Torquay and is passionate about Church Evangelism. His Christian journey has been full of adventure leading him to serve alongside different leaders and sharing his insights in several contexts. He is a dad, a husband and compassionate friend to many. He has spent most of his life in Torbay and has carried various responsibilities during his time. You can find him on Facebook leading a Friday time of reflection. 

Jeremy Aspinall

Jeremy is a volunteer trustee. He retired to Torquay in 2018 from London and became a trustee in 2022 when Torbay United established as a charitable company.  Previously he was Director of Communications for Church Urban Fund and Together Network which helps churches respond to need in their local communities. 

Contact Us

Torbay United
Telephone 07964 532187