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. 


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. 


Michelle Percival

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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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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.

  • 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. 

  • David Robert Cotterill

David has been involved in the development of social housing and support for over 35 years and is a partner of Kingsland Church. Formerly Development Director of local housing provider, CHP and Shaftesbury Housing Group, David is also a qualified psychotherapist and practices as a life coach through his practice, Mentoring for Life.

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