Andy Street served on the CCM board for nine years before becoming Chair. We sat down with him to ask about how he got involved with the charity and his vision for the years ahead...
How did you become involved with CCM?
In late 2005 I transitioned to part-time working with my business to make more time for other things, not knowing what those ‘other things’ might be. I got involved with CCM in 2007 when I was asked to be a trustee.
What prompted you to become a trustee and Chair?
I knew very little about CCM back in 2007, had no charity experience and no clue why I’d been approached. I spoke with my church leader and after much thought and prayer decided to accept the invitation. Up until the end of last year the Chair of Trustees was Graham Donald, for whom I have great respect. I considered the request to become Chair for some months, and again sought the counsel of a number of people. I came to the view that it was the right step to take.
What is your vision for the charity in 2016 and for future years?
It’s a sad reflection of our country that the work of CCM has grown in response to an increasing need. That response is founded on a biblical imperative for us as a church community to meet the needs of those who are broken and rejected by society. Bristol is the 10th largest city in the UK, the 3rd wealthiest in economic terms, but behind London has the 2nd highest number of homeless people sleeping rough on a regular basis – that simply isn’t right and needs to change.
In 2016, and beyond, I believe that CCM needs to take on an increasingly strategic role in working in partnership with churches and other agencies to meet this immediate need, but also to address the underlying issues around poverty and deprivation. The vision is to see lives and communities transformed. With God’s help all things are possible.
What challenges do you think CCM faces?
As CCM grows, so does the financial challenge of running the charity. The principal focus will be to find ways to further release the potential of the church community across Bristol. This will be a source of incredible blessing for the church, but also to this city of ours. Partnership is essential for CCM going forward – we can’t do this alone!
What else are you involved with other than CCM?
I work part-time as a founding Director of a global environmental consultancy, a role I still really enjoy. I chair FareShare South West and Bristol Together and am a trustee of a number of charities and social enterprises, focused on urban regeneration and employment creation. I’m passionate about finding new, strategic and sustainable ways of releasing human and financial capital that bring real and lasting change to lives and communities.