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06 December 2006 Back about us committee ::.. Register Login

CBC Executive Committee Minimize
Olave Snelling ChairmanWelcome to the new Christian Broadcasting Council website, which (if you register online) you are now able to ‘be kept informed’ of new CBC developments ‘as they happen’. By registering online with this site, you will receive an email with a ‘user name’ and ‘password’ to enable you to login and download resources and receive regular email communications. You will soon be able to subscribe online and make contributions as you feel led. We hope these new enhancements will be beneficial to you and help ‘equip the saints’ to ‘preach the gospel’ through all media routes possible.

The CBC has an Executive Committee
The officers are:
Chairman of the Executive: Mrs Olave Snelling
Vice Chairman: Robert Irving
Treasurer: Donald Burling

The other members of the Executive are: Jonathan Bellamy (Cross Rhythms), Chris Cole (CBC Ltd), Chalmers Dobson (Good News Broadcasting), Rev. Dr. Russell Farnworth (TWR-UK), Ms Patricia Hargreaves (Centre for Justice & Liberty), Mrs Lynn Harrison, Mrs Ros Irving, Gareth Littler (Centre for Justice & Liberty), Obii Pax-Harry (Women Arise), Norman Polden (Flame FM), Graeme Spencer (Cloak Productions), Andrew Urquhart (UCB), Mrs Fran Wildish (Vision Channel) & Johnny Woodrow (God TV).

Rob Andrews General Secretary to the Trustees.

Some of our committee members have told us a little about themselves:

He is 36 years old and married to Heather. They both work at Cross Rhythms. Jonathan is the General Manager responsible for the oversight and leadership of the day to day running of Cross Rhythms including it’s radio stations, magazine, festivals and website. He joined Cross Rhythms 11 years ago shortly after becoming a Christian on a soul-searching trip to America. He has an ordinary degree in Physics from St. Andrews University and not much more since!

Born 1932. He is a retired Local Government Officer (Finance) – Diploma in Municipal Administration, a member of Isleworth Congregational Church. His background is in Brethren and Pentecostal churches and is the Borough Representative on Churchlink West London. He is a member of Council of Movement for Christian Democracy and a former member of Prison Chaplain’s Team at Feltham YOI. He has broadcast on prison radio, plays the accordion and writes “Thoughts for the Day”. He is the author of “Brain-Storm” (under name of Donald B Alexander).

Chris Cole is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Cross Rhythms. He was born in England, grew up in Canada, and returned to England for higher education. With a background in Marketing in Brussels and owner of a restaurant and nightclub, his first experience of radio was as a Programme controller on Brussels International radio in 1978. After a dramatic Christian conversion, he set up his own marketing business in Plymouth and, in 1983, broadcasting the “Cross Rhythms experience” on Plymouth Sound radio. In 1996 Cross Rhythms joined UCB and was officially launched in 1998, with a vision to reach the youth of this generation through contemporary Christian music and personal testimony. He is Chairman of CBC Ltd, the commercial arm of CBC, formed by the CBC founders in 1983.
Born 1945. Educated in Manchester, Matlock and Derby. After school/college he took a year out working with Project Evangelistic Crusades before a banking career. He retired from management in 1998. He is Treasurer to one of the first DARE steering groups in the UK. He joined Good News Broadcasting (Back to the Bible’s UK office) early 1999 and is now the Business Manager/Company Secretary, having covered CEO duties from July 2000 to October 2002. His church background includes Brethren, with a Baptist background, and now attends Bawtry Evangelical Free Church.

CRYSTAL CHAMKHI – CBC Conference Administrator
Crystal has been with Premier Christian Radio for the last 13 years, moving through different departments and job roles as a Career Administrator. She particularly loves to organise and use her creative skills as an Event Manager. With impending motherhood (first baby due mid-December!), Crystal is helping us organise the 2006 Conference hoping she will actually be able to attend!

ROBERT IRVING – Vice – Chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Council

Educated in Zanzibar and England, Rob was converted to Jesus Christ in Malaya in 1960, during national service in the British Army (2nd Lieut.). He was a director of Christian Broadcasting Corporation Ltd in the 1980’s. He seeks to promote the knowledge of the Christian faith, with the propagation of the Good News of Jesus Christ, through the media. He is presently an Anglican Reader. Rob was a Chartered Secretary and is now retired.

Born in Hastings, England and becoming a Christian in his teens, Norman worked as a Chartered Engineer in telecommunications design and marketing. He also functioned as Treasurer in two churches. In 1989 he migrated with family from Bournemouth to Merseyside where “God led him” in 2000 to establish “Flame FM on Wirral”, broadcasting under RSL (seven to date). Having taken early retirement to manage Flame full-time, Norman is convinced of the power of Christian radio, under God’s miraculous hand.

OLAVE SNELLING – Chairman of the CBC Executive Committee We have to look good and impartial don’t we?
Olave Snelling is a TV/ Radio producer. She works free-lance as producer/presenter on Premier Radio and is Chairman of Just Connections Network, a new venture for interactive television via ASTRA satellite. Having worked on four continents in print journalism, TV, radio and film, as Chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Council her prayer and passion is to contribute to the proclamation of the Gospel to the nations.

ANDREW URQUHART UCB from whence Chris Cole came
Andrew is originally from New Zealand – where he worked in Commercial and Christian Radio for ten years before accepting a position as Station Manager at UCB Europe, Stoke-on-Trent in May 2000. “UCB has been involved in some major changes and challenges in the last few years. God has truly blessed the ministry abundantly, we are very excited about what is happening and look forward to what is next”. Andrew is married to Johanna and they have four boys. They attend a local Anglican Church.

ROB ANDREWS – General Secretary
Rob is a solicitor specialising in commercial law. His practice, Blackbourn Andrews Solicitors (, is based in Shrewsbury, but has clients across the country. He acts for businesses, business people, churches and charities. ( I bet he is there for legal reasons)

Rob volunteered for the position after being encouraged by God to stand with Christian media organizations to support them in their ministries (in prayer and in business support issues). He is also a trustee of Cross Rhythms and is on the management committee of Day One Radio.

Living in Shropshire, Rob enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 young girls, and watching as much football as he is allowed to!”

OBII PAX-HARRY – Women Arise Cross R Prayer Coordinator
Obii Pax-Harry is an Apostolic Leader and International Conference speaker recognised for her cutting edge prophetic ministry. She is an ordained Minister and Pastor and an executive member of the Christian Broadcasting Council of Great Britain and a trained and qualified lawyer.

Obii’s passion is to equip, train and release believers into their Destiny in Christ Jesus. She is the author of “Releasing the Gadites”, “Breaking Demonic Cycles” and her latest book (published by Destiny Image) is entitled “Issachar Mandate”.


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