Our People: Senior Leadership Team

Michael Farrell (CEO)

Michael’s desire is to work with people who make a real difference in our world.

Prior to joining HOPE worldwide UK in January 2020, he worked as Head of Finance for a Trade Association representing over 70,000 members. 

Michael is married, father of three adult children and an ACCA qualified accountant with over 24 years’ experience. 

He and his wife Joanne love working with young people at their local church where he also serves as a Trustee and Safeguarding Lead.

Michael is an avid Liverpool football fan, enjoys most sports and in 2019 trekked to Everest Base Camp.

Bruce Miller (Director of Recovery Services)

Bruce manages the HOPE worldwide ODAAT programme, that helps men overcome their addiction to substances.  He joined HOPE worldwide in January 2016 having served as a church minister for 6 years in Manchester.

Prior to that he spent 10 years running a fire-fighting manufacturing company specialising in oil and gas protection. 

Bruce has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Manchester Business School. 

He loves bringing people together to support one another to overcome challenges.  He is married with three children and loves sports – especially running and cycling.

Jane Whitworth (Director of International Development)

Jane began her journey with HOPE worldwide in January 2013 as a volunteer and now manages our International Development Programme.

She is also a co-member for Europe on the HOPE worldwide Global Coordinating Council.

Prior to joining HOPE worldwide Jane practiced law as a barrister for eleven years and later had a short stint in the city in between taking time off to bring up three children.

Jane loves her new life working for an NGO and is passionate about empowering all people to use their gifts and realise their God-given potential.

When not working, she enjoys playing tennis and going back to her Cumbrian roots with her family to walk in the fells of the Lake District.

Rob Payne (Director of Homeless Services)

Rob manages our ‘Two Step’ service, which helps people who are homeless to find suitable housing.

He joined the staff of HOPE worldwide since 2014 after serving for many years as a volunteer host for our Two Step ‘Stopover’ programme.

Rob has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Imperial College London, and previously worked as a Physics Teacher and in church ministry.

He enjoys developing new approaches and effective partnerships to help improve our services, and spending time in the great outdoors with his young family.