office hours
monday - friday
9.00am - 5.00pm
charity no: 1125617
company no: 06630415
Bethany Place,
St. Anne’s Vicarage, Compton Road, Colchester, CO4 0BQ
tel: 01206 869533
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Colchester Korban Project
Working with young people in crisis

Patron: The rt revd roger morris,

bishop of Colchester


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.

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.


  • Julie Henkel - Treasurer

Julie has been a trustee of Korban since 2017 and she is also the Treasurer.  Julie is a banking executive with 30 years of experience working in the financial services sector. She is currently employed by a large German investment bank.  Julie has travelled extensively and has lived in India, Hong Kong and Japan.  She has a passion for helping young people achieve their full potential.  She is married with 2 young children.


  • Amanda Binding

Amanda has been on the Korban board of trustees since 2016.  She lives in Colchester and has valuable experience in supported housing.  


  • Dan Maby

Dan is the founder and CEO of a registered charity delivering mental health support within the freelance and small business community.  He’s also a director at Blue 37 - a London based digital agency.  He thrives on business development and project management, as well as having a passion for seeing success within others.

  • 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. 


  • Pam Ellis

After twenty seven years of living in Scotland, Pam and her husband returned to living in Essex.  While in Scotland, Pam worked in a Community Care and Residential Unit.  She was also involved with other voluntary groups as Director and Treasurer.  For nineteen years she worked as a volunteer for Citizens Advice Bureau and brings all these skills to the Korban Board of Trustees.  ​​