meet the team

meet the team

Mark Wood

project manager

Mark became Project Manager of Korban in June 2017.  He has a long track record of working with vulnerable young people.  He founded and led a charity in Hertfordshire from 2003 - 2013, supporting those with drug and alcohol problems, mental health issues and family breakdown.  He has also worked with young offenders in supported housing and holds a Masters degree in addiction psychology and counselling.  

Mark lives in Colchester with his wife and 2 daughters. 

daniel layzell

project worker-
move on house

Daniel started working with Korban in December 2017, having been recruited to lead the day-to-day running of Bethel House, Korban's second stage 'move on' residence.  Daniel is very experienced in the housing and accommodation sector, having supported refugees and migrants for several years. Daniel is passionate about supporting young adults, in his spare time he is involved in ministry through football.

  He is on hand at Bethel House to help residents there become as independent as possible. 


Daniel lives in Colchester with his wife and twin girls as well!  

gail mitchell

project worker

Gail started her working life  as a nurse. With a broad range of experience in paediatrics, health visiting and health promotion, she brings a variety of skills to her role as project worker. She has an MSc in Health Promotion. Her passion is to see young adults fulfil their potential, no matter what challenges they face, and she has worked closely with families in difficult circumstances to do this over the past 8 years.


Gail lives in Colchester with her husband and has 2 adult children.

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andy courtier

volunteer handyman

Andy helps as Korban's DIY handyman on a voluntary basis. Where possible he looks to involve the young adults supported by the project. Sometimes he’s teaching them new DIY skills, sometimes they’re teaching him!


Andy recently retired and lives in Colchester with his wife.  They have three grown up children.  

diana impey

volunteer project support

Diana comes into Korban every week to oversee the cooking of the communal meal and get the young people involved wherever she can.  She is also a fantastic listening ear to any of our residents who need someone to talk to.  

Diana lives in community with other women as one of the Canonnesses of the Holy Sepulchre.  

the board of trustees

  • The Rev. Tony Bushell (Chair of trustees)

Tony is the part-time (self-supporting) priest in charge of the Anglican parish of Stanway in
Colchester where he has been for the past four years. He has combined his ordained ministry with
being a housefather to his three children. Prior to ordination in 1996 he was a barrister specialising 

in family law, particularly involving children, care and custody disputes. He has been a trustee of a
charity ministering to young people in Berlin and is a trustee of an almshouse charity in Stanway. He
has been a trustee of Korban since 2010.

  • Sue Biffen

Sue has been married to Ian for twenty years and lives in Colchester.  She became involved with Korban after hearing a talk at church.  Her main role on the Board is fundraising.  


  • Stella Lee

          Stella is a retired child care social worker and practice teacher for social work students. She has been

aware of Korban since its inception as her sister was involved with the project and was also a trustee. Stella became a trustee in 2016 following her relocation from the North East of England in 2015. 

  • Nicky Sirett

Nicky volunteered for a short time in the office at Korban and was pleased to take the opportunity to serve as a trustee to support the ongoing work of the charity. She is also a member of St John's church, Colchester, which is keen to build links with local Christian charities. Nicky is an experienced primary school headteacher and has worked for Chelmsford diocese as a safeguarding trainer. 

  • Robin Pagden

Robin recently became involved with Korban due to hearing a presentation about youth homelessness, lives in Colchester and works in IT.  

  • Tim Young

Tim is a Colchester Borough Councillor and has represented Greenstead since 1992. Tim became aware of Korban and its wonderful work through his role as a Councillor and while he was Mayor’s Escort in 2016/17. 

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