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meet the team

meet the team

Mark Wood

Chief Executive 

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. 


Lizzie Wallace

Project manager

Lizzie started at Korban in May 2023. She has worked with young people in a whole range of capacities over the years. Before coming here she was running the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme for a local school, and was the Children’s and Youth Worker at her local church.


Lizzie lives in Colchester. She is married to Mark, and they have four sons.


Frank Saunders

Move-on Project Worker

Frank joined Korban in April 2022 following a long career as an environmental auditor for Government. During this time he has undertaken a number of other work and voluntary roles, including being a foster carer and managing a community initiative for disadvantaged children. He has also served as a Colchester Street Pastor and as a befriender for various charities. He is active in a variety of sports and is keen to promote the wellbeing benefits of sports participation. 


Frank lives in Colchester and is married with two 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.  

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volunteer project support

Michelle Percival

office Manager

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.  

Michelle joined the Korban team in 2020 to help with Administration and has since been promoted to our Office Manager.


 Before having her 3 children Michelle worked in London for an Investment Bank as a Manager of a global client database.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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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