Inspiring Christian students

to stand against injustice.

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Josh Smedley

Northern Coordinator - josh@justloveuk.com


Josh helped to found Just Love Durham and graduated last year with a History degree. Given his failed career as a professional footballer it seemed only right that Josh would stay in the North East and join Just Love's Staff Team instead. He and Tom share a love of obscure football trivia from the early 2000s but Josh distinguishes himself from Tom by preferring charity shop knitwear to jazzy shirts. Josh works with our Just Love groups in Durham, Glasgow, St Andrews and 

Staff Team

Ruth Mawhinney


Ruth Mawhinney has over ten years' experience in journalism and is currently Editor of Christian Today and a board member of Youthscape. She lives on an estate in Kings Cross, London with her husband Stephen, where they are in the early stage of planting a church.

Pastor Bajo Akisanya


Bajo Akisanya serves as the Director of Youth ministry at Jesus House for All Nations. He also serves as the National Coordinator for Youth for the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in the United Kingdom. His overriding passion is for young people. He also ministers at various citywide and international training and mentoring events and is a regular speaker at youth conferences in Europe, North America and Nigeria. He is married to Chizor and they have two beautiful girls, Risachi and Rinnah.

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Naomi Grant

Eastern Coordinator - naomi@justloveuk.com


Naomi is the newest addition to Just Love’s staff team, joining as the Eastern Coordinator having finished her degree in History & Politics. Just Love was a key part of Naomi’s uni experience, and she oversaw more than 200 events while on the Just Love Oxford committee. She loves to talk about the city of Norwich and will be working with our groups in Norwich, Cambridge and Sheffield. Instagramming edgy buildings is one of Naomi's major passions in life.

Hannah Mitchell

Southern Coordinator - hannah@justloveuk.com


Hannah studied French & Russian at Oxford, an activity that arguably took a back seat in recent years as she ran anti-trafficking work for several societies, most notably Just Love Oxford’s Human Trafficking Action Group. She works with Just Love groups in Bristol, Bath and Exeter. She loves nothing more than spending a few hours in the kitchen making masterpieces from leftovers.  Hannah is Just Love's Queen of Practical Considerations.

Miriam Swaffield


Miriam is the Student Mission Leader for Fusion. She is an evangelist and communicator based in York but travelling all over the UK to equip the local church to reach students. She is passionate about this generation sharing their faith in the way they speak and live, authentically in their everyday lives alongside their mates. She is totally committed to seeing this happen through the local church and believes that justice and serving those most in need is a vital part of sharing the good news. Anything to do with students living for and with Jesus and she's in. Hence 'Just Love'. She is also a fan of Tom Christmas because of his surname.

Matt Bird


Matt Bird is the creator of Relationology, a unique approach to helping businesses grow their top line through the power of relationships. He is an international keynote speaker, trainer and facilitator whose programmes are renowned for creating lasting change. Matt's charitable work focused on building social capital has received commendations from successive British Governments and Prime Ministers. He is the founder of Cinnamon Network which makes it as easy as possible for local churches to lead a project to serve those people at need in communities. He lives in Wimbledon with his wife Esther and their three children.

Andy Flannagan


Andy Flannagan is a London-based, Irish singer-songwriter who was previously a hospital doctor but whose proudest moment as an Irishman was captaining England’s Barmy Army during the Ashes in Australia. He spends much of his time with his wife Jenny working out how to be downwardly mobile in the centre of London. His songs have been used on BBC TV, ITV and Channel4, and he has fronted campaigns for Tearfund, Christian Aid and many other agencies. As well as being a Director of Christians in Politics, he is also the Director of the Christians on the Left, based in Parliament. A key driving passion of Andy’s is to see a just re-wiring of the global economic system. ​

Hannah Gardiner

Trustee


​Hannah arrived at university with a passion for faith and social justice, which led to her becoming one of the founders of Just Love in her second term, pioneering Oxford's 'Just Living' project. She became Just Love Oxford's vice-President in her second year and her two year stretch on committee (during which she missed only one meeting) saw Just Love run over 250 events. Having graduated with a law degree, Hannah is now training to be a barrister in London.

Dr. Krish Kandiah


Dr. Krish Kandiah is President of London School of Theology and Founder and Director of Home for Good, a charity seeking to find forever families for children in care in the UK. He is a Vice President of Tearfund and on the faculty at Regents Park College, Oxford University. Krish and his wife Miriam have authored ten books including "Route 66", "Twenty-Four", "Home for Good" and most recently "Paradoxology". Krish lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and four children. He is a champion for fostering and adoption and when he has time he likes to blog about it at http://krishk.com/

Jo Herbert


Jo has worked for Tearfund for a number of years, and is rumoured to be the brains behind much of the work of the Rhythms team. She strongly believes that we can all build justice into our daily decisions, and is keen to encourage others to join her in this - be very careful what you order if you are in a restaurant/cafe with Jo. She has been a help to the Just Love team since the very beginning, helping them to develop their vision when they first launched. A specialist in both social justice and working with young people, Jo was an ideal candidate for the advisory board.

Advisory Board

Rev. Pete Wynter


Pete is married to Sarah and has long been involved in youth and student ministry. He's the founder and Director of Leadership Innovation at Onelife, who work with young leaders in all spheres of society across the UK. Pete is also on the clergy team at HTB where he is taking the lead on the Leadership College London. He's passionate about mobilising local churches to engage in justice and righteousness and sits on a UK board at Tearfund. He was said to be 'delighted to be involved with Just Love'. 'Cheering on a movement of students who are making a difference one life at a time is a privilege', he said. 

Trustee Board

Peter Jeffrey

Trustee


Pete has something of an illustrious history, and has recently retired from large accountancy firm PwC, where he was a senior partner. He is now chairman of the YMCA in the UK, and has also been elected onto their international board. Pete sits on several other boards, including that of the Evangelical Alliance. Passionate about justice and youth work, it seemed that joining Just Love would be a good fit for him. Welcome on board*, Pete.

Andy Walton

Trustee


Andy has worked as a writer and broadcaster, and now handles media and communications for the Centre for Theology and Community, as well as working as a church-based Community Organiser. You might have seen Andy hosting events at Greenbelt. His use of the phrases 'post-liberalism' and 'open evangelical anglicanism' on his Twitter bio suggest that Andy may be more of an intellectual than we bargained for. Keen to see God's Kingdom come on earth, he just loves what Just Love are doing.

Tomas Christmas

National Coordinator - tom@justloveuk.com


At the start of his second year at university, Tom thought he might try to get involved in something social justice related. Tom tends to get carried away with ideas, and ended up getting a bunch of people together to start Just Love. This conveniently turned into a job post-university as Just Love looks to expand across the nation. Tom works specifically with groups in London and Oxford and probably has a life outside of Just Love, but we aren't sure what this is. He is rumoured to enjoy curry. Some question his choice of shirt in this photo.

So much of Just Love's work is done by the amazing students who run our groups.

But these wonderful groups are nevertheless ably supported by the Just Love staff and Just Love's trustee and advisory boards.

Meet the team.