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Meet Our Team

The Upcott Team

Palmer Family

Andrew and Fiona Palmer

Andrew and Fiona head up the Upcott team and live at the Beacon with their three children. They have been involved with the work of the trust for over 25 years and took over the leadership of Upcott in 2001.


Jann Thorpe :

Jann Thorpe

Jann is an Early years teacher at a Primary school in Macclesfield. She is one of the original 5 people who came to the very first Upcott week in its first year of opening. She is licensed as a Reader in the Church of England. She is married to Mike and they have three children. Together they attend a small church in Macclesfield.

Paul Welch : Trustee

Paul Welch

Paul is a full time teacher and pastoral leader at a secondary school near Bristol. He grew up going to Upcott and has been involved with helping on the summer weeks ever since. He joined the trustee body in 2002.

Alex Wilson : Trustee

Alex Wilson

Alex has been a Christian since 1985 having been converted through the work of Upcott. She is Fundraising Manager for SIFT, a charity which works in Nicaragua. She is also a part-time languages teacher at Tiverton High School. She currently lives in Devon and attends Crossroad Christian Fellowship in Seaton.


Governing Body

Emily Feltham :

Emily Feltham

Since graduating from a BA in English, Emily is putting off making any more life decisions by beginning an MA in World Art in September. She is fascinated by other people, traditions and stories, and is consistently excited by how the wisdom of other cultures enriches our understanding of God.

Max Randall :

Max Randall

Max has grown up with Upcott weeks being a huge influence in his walk with Jesus. He lives just outside Bristol with his wife Emma, and they attend City Church. He works as a graphic designer and loves football!

Dave Hine :

Dave Hine

Dave Hine fell in love with Upcott as a Smiley and has been involved since. He spent a year on the XL programme and has since become a regular helper on summer weeks. He is currently in his final year studying Law at the University of Manchester. On top of his degree he is the legal secretary and founding director at Manchester Entrepreneurs CIC, a community interest company which aims to facilitate start up companies and encourage entrepreneurial spirit. Although attending Holy Trinity Platt in Manchester, St Michaels Church in Stoke Gifford still remains his spiritual home.