Meet The Team


Matt Rushby is the full-time Youth Worker with BCY. He has now been in Bury since 2008, getting stuck in to the thrills and spills of the life of a schools worker, and enjoying every minute! Matt works in the middle and upper schools of the district taking on assemblies, lessons, support of the Christian Unions, and Rock Solid club at Howard Middle Schools. In addition, he heads up our prayer room project, Prayspace. You can find out more on his blog here.

Besides working with young people, Matt has a real love of all things musical. He realised a teenage ambition to see his all-time favourite band, Pearl Jam, when they played the 02 in London. (He also thinks he has the best wife in the world - she got him the tickets!) He likes to keep tabs on Colchester United, and has finally saved up enough and bought a digital SLR.

Matt was born and raised in Colchester, Essex, is married to Sarah and they have two children.




Nicola Bolton has been with BCY since 2003, initially working part-time as our all-knowing, paper-work conquering administrator. What she doesn't know about BCY doesn't exist (or something like that...). In 2008 Nicola's role evolved and she has been taking on the challenge of our middle schools work - running Rock Solid lunchtime clubs in nine middle schools in Bury (for more details see the calendar), and also taking assemblies. She now produces Rock Solid material in an easy to use format for other people to use. In the future, Nicola hopes to be able to develop some of the pastoral opportunities that are coming her way - she is a great listener and has a real heart to show the love of Jesus to all of the pupils she meets through her work in the middle schools.

Nicola is an active lady - she loves hill walking, climbing and cycling - and is a devoted mum to her three children. She also has a strange fondness for various nuts and seeds (it all looks a bit like bird feed to be honest...), has in inordinate amount of milk in her tea and is widely regarded as 'absolutely lovely' by everyone she meets!

Nicola has always lived fairly locally, and is married to Nick.


Sarah Rushby heads up The LoveLife Project, which delivers workshops for students on the topic of sex and relationships in local upper schools.

Sarah was born in Halesworth, Suffolk, is married to Matt and they have two children.


Our Trustees are drawn from local churches across the area served by BCY and are both lay and ordained from a mixture of denominations. They all have current or prior experience with young people from being parents, teachers or youth workers.

The trustees meet approximately six times a year and their role is in planning, governing and supporting the work of BCY. The staff workers attend the trustees meetings, with each worker linked to a trustee who will act as line manager, meeting with him/her regularly for support and encouragement, and carrying out job reviews and appraisals..
Trustees also visit the office from time to time or drop in on the evening events that have been organised, taking an active interest in the continuing development of the work of BCY. Find out more about them below!
We are currently on the look out for new trustees - if you are interested then please contact the office.

Brian Davies, current Chariman of the Trustees, originates from the West Midlands and has studied and worked in several locations in England, on the European mainland and in Africa. He has been a BCY trustee since late 2006, and chairman of the trustees since September 2007.
Brian became involved with BCY when, having retired from teaching foreign languages in 2005, he was keen to devote some time to volunteer work with charities. Having run voluntary Christian activities in school, and as an elder of a local church with a substantial youth contingent, Brian had had plenty of contact with BCY staff and was fully convinced of the value of their ministry.
Brian wishes he had more time to pursue leisure activities, but takes a through-the-media interest in most sports and continues to offer moral support to his home town football club, even though the glories of the 50s and 60s have disappeared!
Brian is married to Deirdre, and together they have four children who went through three of Bury's middle and upper schools.


Carla Auger has been a keen supporter of BCY since she moved to Suffolk 14 years ago; both her children went to house parties, etc., and her son, John, played guitar in the BCY band. After working as a retail manager for most of her life, she is now in semi-retirement and recently became a Grandma twice over! Carla is currently serving as interim Treasurer, following the retirement of Mark Wallace (former Treasurer) in July ’09. If you are someone with an accounting background who would like to join the Trustees, Carla will willingly hand over this responsibility to you!
Carla also currently serves as Nicola's Trustee Link.




Lesley Norburn is Bury born and bred, and has also been a Trustee of BCY since July ’08 (having done some voluntary minute keeping for the BCY Trustees meetings for a few years prior to Nicola taking over). She has been involved in local Christian youth and children’s work since 1980.  Lesley is married to Andrew, with a Zone-age daughter Harriet, and has been a Reader in the Blackbourne Team of churches since 1998 so has a real passion for supporting youth and children’s work in small rural places. Lesley works full time in IT for the NHS. Outside of work she has a great love of music (Sigur Rós anyone?), seeing bands live, walking, travelling to unusual places and art. She enjoys face-painting and acting when time permits.  





Robert Green has been a trustee of Bury Christian Youth since July '09 and minister of Garland Street Baptist Church since September 2008. He is married to Heather and they have three sons, Adam, Luke and Joel and a daughter Hannah. Prior to moving to Suffolk he spent almost 20 years in Essex at Cranham Baptist Church (near Upminster)
Robert enjoys music, plays guitar and since living in Bury has taken to his bike, so you may well spot him cycling around! It's probably also worth mentioning that the BCY office is next to Robert's, so Matt & Nicola often enjoy a caffeine fix with him at some point during the day! Robert currently serves as Matt's Trustee Link.
He feels it is a privilage to serve with BCY as a Trustee and looks forward to seeing God's work develop. His one request of you - please pray for BCY!
Angus Barnard has lived in Bury since 2011. He was born and raised in Hertfordshire, trained as an architect in Sheffield and worked in London for a number of years. He now works for a small firm of architects in Cambridge and attends Bradfield and Rougham Baptist Church's Moreton Hall congregation. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, football and playing with his two young daughters. He is married to Liz, who he met at church in London in 2003.







Liz Barnard was born and raised in Ipswich and then returned to the county in 2011 after trying out Oxford, Nottingham, Exeter and London and deciding there was no place like home. She is married to Angus and they have 2 daughters, aged 3 and 5. Liz works part-time for Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury Councils as a policy officer. The rest of her time is taken up by the school run and finger painting! She attends Bradfield and Rougham Baptists Church's Moreton Hall congregation where she teaches in the Sunday School and plays the cello. She also enjoys Zumba and making lists.

Vanessa Harrison joined the board of Trustees in 2009 and is currently looks after our Safeguarding. She is married to Steve and they have two daughters, one now married and living in Nottingham and one at University in Ipswich.

She works in Bury as a dispenser and can sometimes be seen driving a taxi. Vanessa worships at Christ Church Moreton Hall and has been involved there since its first days of planting a church on Moreton Hall. She sings and plays guitar in the band there.

Stephen Gillott was born in Northamptonshire.  After a studying for a degree in biology and spending a gap year working alongside a church school in Malawi, Stephen arrived in Suffolk in 2002 to take up a post teaching in a middle school.  It was here that he first saw the work of BCY.  Although he now teaches in a primary school in Cambridge, Stephen is keen to be involved in sharing the news of Jesus in the schools surrounding Bury - hence joining the BCY board of trustees in 2011.

When he is not working, Stephen enjoys spending time with his wife, Gemma, and their two young sons.  He likes watching films and plays the Bb tuba in a local brass band.  In the family tradition, he is a keen follower of Sheffield Wednesday football club and tries to watch at least a few games every season.

 Stephen is a member of West Road Church in Bury St Edmunds.

The work of BCY is endorsed and encouraged by Christian workers, local church leaders, youth workers, and representatives of Christian associations. We are enormously grateful to them all as they support us with finance, volunteering, prayer and regular encouraging phone calls & emails! These supporters include:
Our honorary patrons -
Rt Rev Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
Rev Paul Hills, Regional Minister of Eastern Baptist Association 

And -

Alison Burgess
Canon R. Norburn
Southgate Community Church
All Saints Church
Chris Parsons
West Suffolk Vineyard
David Miles
Parkview Chapel, Botesdale
Emma Malcolm
West Road Church
Helen Allum
Norton Baptist
Ian Foreman
Ian Nurcombe
West Road Church
St Peter's C of E
Jonathan Warnock   
Sporting '87 Football Club
Keith Harknett
Bradfield Gospel Hall
Kevin Gladwell
Parkview Chapel, Bottesdale
Mark Wallace
High Street Chapel Hopton
Rev D. Crofts
St Peter's C of E
Norman Blows
NF Kingsgate
Phil Golding
Bradfield Gospel Hall
Rev A. Gates
Gt Barton C of E
Rev J. Ford
Christ Curch, Moreton Hall
Rev J. Fulton
Rev K.Ross
Hepworth C of E
Bradfield and Rougham Baptist Church
Rev M. Rogers
St Mary's C of E
Rev N. Cutler
Rev P. Gibson
Rougham C of E
Southgate Community Church
Rev R. Farrell
Woolpit C of E
Rev R. Green
Garland St Baptist
Rev S. Hill
Cockfield C of E
Richard Leveritt
Shaun Richardson
Gt Barton Free Church
Southgate Community Church
Simon Ladd
West Road Church
Tony and Caroline Redman
Gt Livermere C of E
Tony Hood
Counties Evangelist
Victor Jack
Evangelist and Bible teacher