Global Leadership Network UK & Ireland

GLN UK & Ireland

Announcement – Staff and Board Changes

Global Leadership Network UK & Ireland (GLN UKI) are pleased to announce important staff and Board changes.

From 1 December Roger Fairhead will become interim CEO of GLN UKI and Mike Hill will step down from this role for family reasons.

Mike will remain on staff in a voluntary capacity exercising a role as Church and External Relations Co-ordinator.

To facilitate this change, Roger will stand down as Chairman of the Board of GLN UKI.

The newly elected Chairman is Mark Faithfull, currently Senior Pastor of Hope Church in Malmesbury.

Steven Smith, Divisional Mission Enabler of the Salvation Army has been elected Vice Chairman.


Roger Fairhead

Roger Fairhead, Interim CEO, GLN UK & Ireland

Roger is a leadership specialist, and uses his PRIZE Winning Leadership model to help leaders understand how to inspire their teams to deliver the outcomes and results the organisation set out to achieve.  He spent his early career managing engineering projects and this leadership experience led to further study, research and writing on the topic which was subsequently published in his first book PRIZE-Winning Leadership.

For 8 years Roger was involved with Life.Church (based in Oklahoma) in the Church Online Host Team, and was a coach on the leadership team leading around 350 volunteers from 40 countries.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a Chartered Engineer, and the author of several books on the theme of PRIZE Winning Leadership.

Roger lives in Staffordshire with his wife Sue and in his spare time music is his passion playing violin and bass guitar, but not at the same time.

Roger joined the GLN UKI Board in 2019 and transitioned into the interim CEO role in December 2020.


Mike Hill, Church and External Relations Co-ordinator, GLN UK & Ireland

Mike spent time in the world of business before considering a call to ordained ministry, following a short period as a part of the Scargill Community in Yorkshire. Mike trained for ordination at Ridley Hall and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He was ordained in 1977 and served as curate of St Mary Magdalene, Addiscombe until 1980. From 1980 – 1983 he was senior curate at St Paul’s Slough & from 1983 to 1992 he was priest in charge, then Rector of St Leonard’s Chesham Bois. In Slough and in Chesham Bois the churches he had responsibility for grew consistently. In 1990 he became Rural Dean of Amersham & was appointed the Archdeacon of Berkshire in 1992. From 1998 to 2003 he was the area Bishop of Buckingham.

From 2003 and since retiring in September 2017, Mike served as the 56th Bishop of Bristol. He has held a number of national responsibilities within the Church of England including as a Governor of the Church Commissioners, Chair of the World Mission and Anglican Communion Panel and Vice-Chair of the Mission and Public Affairs Council. He represented the House of Bishops on the Anglican Communion Panel. In 2009, he became a member of the House of Lords. He is a sought after speaker and teacher in the UK and internationally.

Mike was also the first Chair of the Willow Creek Association UK and a Patron of several charities. He is passionate about evangelism & leadership development, within & beyond the Church.

Mike and his wife, Anthea, have 5 adult children & 13 grandchildren.

Mike joined as CEO of GLN UK & Ireland in February 2019. He transitioned into the role of Church & External Relations Co-ordinator in December 2020.


Mark Faithfull

Mark Faithfull, Lead Pastor Hope Church Malmesbury

Mark is a pastor, church planter, geek and leadership coach.  He has served alongside his wife in church leadership roles for over 30 years, pioneering and planting many new initiatives. Mark is a certified leadership trainer and coach with the John Maxwell Team and continues to run a leadership coaching business focusing on developing leaders in high-tech organisations in order to support his work in the church.  Starting as the apprentice on the IT Helpdesk in Lloyds Bank, Mark finished his corporate career in the boardrooms of billion-euro businesses leading technology and cyber security teams.

“When the leaders improve, the whole church grows – I believe the GLN has a vital roll to challenge, equip and inspire the leaders of today and tomorrow so that the church becomes even more effective in its mission.”


Steve SmithSteve Smith, Mission Enabler

Steve has served as a Salvation Army Officer for 18 years, during which time he has led three local churches in Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Gloucestershire. In July 2019 Steve, together with his wife, Mel, was appointed as the Divisional Mission Enabler for one of The Salvation Army’s regions spanning 7 counties with responsibility for facilitating, resourcing, and monitoring effective frontline mission. Steve has been a member of the GLN UK for the last 16 years and makes the Leadership Summit an annual commitment for himself and his team.

He is currently finishing an MA in Mission with a focus on Leadership, Mentoring and Pioneering and is passionate about developing leaders and the movements or organisations they lead to their highest potential. ‘I love a challenge, and believe that almost anything can be transformed when good leaders are empowered and deployed’.