The Team

The Jubilee Centre Team

Jonathan Tame has been the director of the Jubilee Centre since January 2012, after working for two years with Jubilee Centre’s sister organisation Relational Research.  Before that, he spent 11 years in Romania and 8 in Switzerland leading community development and cultural engagement projects with Youth With A Mission.  He holds a masters degree in agricultural economics, his wife Helene is a community chaplain, and they have five children.


Philip Powell is managing the development of our Learning Community, having worked for a number of NGOs in the field of justice, advocacy and training. He has a masters degree in Politics and International Relations, and represented Youth With A Mission at the United Nations.

Mercedes McGuire is our Supporter Relations and Operations Officer. She is originally from Canada but has traveled and worked internationally for over a decade.

Mark Ventner

Mark Venter is our part time Finance Manager, working one day a week for Jubilee Centre and also for our sister organisations Relational Research and the Relational Thinking Network.

Charlee New is our Communications and Marketing Officer and joined the team in October 2017. She has previously worked in not-for-profit communications and has a masters degree in Contemporary Literature and Culture.

Associate Staff


Guy Brandon first came to the Jubilee Centre in 2006 as a part-time researcher and author, and is now on the associate staff as a research consultant. He is a trained counsellor and freelance writer, and has a degree, MPhil and PhD in Old Testament theology from Cambridge University. He is married with two children.

Calum Samuelson joined the Jubilee Centre in 2016 as a researcher and project lead for Reformation2017+. He has two masters degrees in historical theology and currently lives in the USA with his wife and son.

Founder and Life President


Dr Michael Schluter CBE founded the Jubilee Centre in 1983 and is now Chief Executive of Relational Research, which facilitates a number of groups who are seeking to promote Relational Thinking internationally, mainly in Singapore, South Africa, Hong Kong, Australia and USA. He has a PhD in agricultural economics and worked in East Africa for six years as a consultant for the World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute.  Michael is married to Auriel, and they have 3 children and 12 grandchildren.


Abigail Bradshaw (Civil servant)

Ralph Lee (Researcher/Lecturer, University of Cambridge)

Gilly Lacey (Environmental researcher)

Tim Adams (International Administrator, IFES)

Ross Hendry (CEO, Spurgeons Children’s Charity)

Sue Halliday (Former Professor of Marketing, Anglia Ruskin University)

Advisory Board Members

John Ashcroft (Director of research for the Relationships Foundation)

Dr Richard Gunton (Researcher in plant and landscape ecology at the University of Leeds)

Dr Paul Mills (Economist at a global financial institution)

Professor Julian Rivers (Professor of Jurisprudence, University of Bristol)

Dr Michael Schluter CBE  (Chief Executive, Relational Research)

Professor Paul Williams (Chief Executive of the Bible Society)