Our People

All the Trustees of UCU Partners UK have historical links to UCU and to Uganda. We care deeply about the progress of Uganda as a country, and all that this means. We know that higher education is key to any country’s development; and recognise the excellent education offered by UCU.

One of our goals for 2018 is to build some volunteer support. If you would like to volunteer to help in any way please contact us.

Current Trustees

Rev. Dan Button – Secretary

Dan spent 8 years as a lecturer and head of department at Uganda Christian University before settling in the UK.  He was ordained in the Church of Uganda in 2004, and has spent his career teaching in higher education over 20 years in 5 countries.  He is currently the managing director for the Gloucestershire Theology School, and has been secretary and trustee for UCU Partners since 2012. He and Rosie (also a trustee) have two fantastic children and a Tibetan Terrier.  Dan has served as secretary and trustee of UCU Partners UK since 2012.

Rev. Chris Dobson – Chairman

Chris is married to Anita, and they have two children, Susie and Jonathan. He grew up in Uganda, where his father, John, taught New Testament Greek at Bishop Tucker Theological College. At the age of 10 he returned to the UK and went to school in Norwich. He studied English at Aberystwyth University, worked for a year in a youth centre in Liverpool, then trained at Wycliffe Hall. Chris has worked in parishes in Rochester Diocese and Harare, Zimbabwe. For the last 8 years he was Bishop’s Adviser for Links in Rochester Diocese and vicar of St Andrew’s church, Paddock Wood, Kent. He is currently Ecumenical and Global Partnership Officer for Bristol Diocese.

Mrs Cath Hitchin

Cath served at UCU from 2004-2007, working directly with Dr Senyonyi. She helped with public relations, marketing, helped set up the alumni association and worked on various administrative and fundraising projects. Since then she has worked in business, alongside mission trips and serving in her local church as Trustee. She loves baking and is married to Lindsay Hitchin, they own a springer called Brock.

Mrs Rosie Button

Rosie Button has been on staff at Redcliffe since September 2014. Most recently, she acts as Course Facilitator for the MA in Member Care. Rosie felt called into missions as a teenager, and first went as a short termer at the age of 25 to teach RE and English at a school in Zambia. She returned to England to do an MA in Missiology at All Nations Christian College. Dan and Rosie’s two teenage children were born in Harare. Upon leaving Zimbabwe in 2002 they were visiting scholars at Redcliffe for one year, and then went to teach at Uganda Christian University (formerly the Bishop Tucker Theological College.) Rosie taught NT Greek, Old Testament and New Testament, ran a women students’ fellowship and was co-ordinator of a children’s library. Returning to England in 2011, Rosie worked as a librarian for Westminster Theological Centre and also Redcliffe. As well as her interest in missions and Africa, Rosie loves reading, art, nature and walking.

Rev. Jem Hovill

Jem Hovil trained as a science teacher but was later ordained in the Church of England. He served in churches in Cambridge and London before moving to Uganda with his family in 2000 to work with the Church of Uganda in theological education at the grassroots, co-developing their BUILD programme. His doctoral research was carried out from there in the area of theological education and curriculum design. Jem moved to South Africa in 2007 with similar work, returning to the UK in 2013 to live in Bath where he grew up.  Jem continues to support BUILD through the work of BUILD Partners (as an associate mission partner of Crosslinks), and he serves as an Assistant Curate (NSM) in the parish of St Bartholomew’s, Bath. Jem is a landlocked surfer who also loves fly-fishing in wild places, travel, spending time his wife and three children, and walking the dog.

Rev. Can. Dr. John Senyonyi

John is the Vice Chancellor of Uganda Christian University and as such a Trustee. He plays a vital role in communicating the needs of the University to us and informing our efforts to support UCU.