• Our Trustees

Overall governance and strategic direction

Our team of trustees provide guidance and direction in all areas of the charity.

Our Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of Great Open Door.  They meet regularly to monitor the charity’s progress and to determine and review the strategies and policies.  The Trustees have ultimate responsibility in law for the charity, its assets and activities.


Chair of the Trustees

Phil founded Great Open Door in 2003 and is chair of Trustees.

Phil is married to Marg, who is also a member of the Great Open Door team.  They moved to Harlow in 1978 and have two children, Emma and David and two granddaughters Ellana and Rose.  Phil and Marg are members of Freshwaters Christian Fellowship where Phil is a Trustee.

Phil’s interests include gardening, scriptwriting, films and politics.



Ron is Pastor of Freshwaters Christian Fellowship, Chair of Trustees and heads up the Leadership Team.

Ron is married to Karen and they have both lived in Harlow most of their lives; they have 3 daughters, Charlotte, Francesca and Esther, and two grandsons, Tanner & Dexter.

As well as leading Freshwaters, Ron also provides consultancy for Poplar HARCA in Tower Hamlets, is Chair of Freshwaters Contact Centre and is a Trustee for Heart 4 Harlow.  Ron has plenty of experience in Harlow Schools as a pupil, parent and now grandparent.  Ron was also a governor of a secondary school for a number of years.