The Awareness Foundation Boards

The International Trustees

James Appleyard (Chairman)

Revd Alan Scotland (Vice-Chairman)

Keith Brockbank

Richard Smart

Sarah Williamson Atkins

Carina Dingemans

United States

Rev. Donald Fishburne (President)

Amin Al-Laty

Stephen Taber

Abe Kasbo


Robert Davies

Christopher Bunting

Canon Peter Walker

International Trustees

Chairman of the International Board James Appleyard

James joined the Awareness Foundation as a Trustee in 2016, and became Chair of the Board in 2018.


He first met The Revd Nadim Nassar through Grace Church-on-the-Hill in Toronto, where he and his family are parishioners and James serves as a Warden. James is a venture capital investor who supports Canadian technology entrepreneurs as president and chief investment officer of Freycinet Ventures. He sits on various company boards including start-ups Canopy Labs, Mosaic Manufacturing, and Canada’s newest federally-regulated bank, Haventree.


He is also an active volunteer, serving as chair of the board of trustees of The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, and vice-chair of the national board of the Canadian International Council. He is also a member of the honorary council of The Loran Scholars Foundation, Canada’s leading undergraduate scholarship program having chaired its board, and serving its selections and mentoring programs for the past 25 years. James was previously the CEO of Artez Interactive, a technology firm supporting hundreds of fundraising charities in North America, Europe and Australia, which was acquired in 2013, and also assistant professor of management at the University of Toronto Mississauga.


James holds graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Toronto, and is a senior fellow at Massey College.

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Revd Alan Scotland (Vice Chairman)

Alan was trained at the Bible college of wales and received his master’s in International conflict Resolution at Bradford University. Alan has been in Christian ministry for 46 years. He is currently based at The New Life Church Rugby and is in the leadership team.


He is chairman of United Christian Broadcasters. Alan leads a team of ministries in the UK/USA and works into the major continents training pastors/community leaders and equipping poorer people in micro- industry initiatives, enabling them to become self-supportive.


He has dedicated his life in equipping churches and ministries throughout the world.He has been a trustee of the awareness foundation for a number of years.

Alan Scotland
Keith Brockbank

Keith has a portfolio career which includes management consultancy; teaching and training; non-executive directorships; digital transformation; and peripatetic ministry especially in Mongolia.


Keith received his Master’s degree in business administration management from Open University Business school and received his Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry from University of Bath.

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Carina Dingemans

Carina’s background is in journalism and magazine publishing working for a number of publications in London, the US and the Caribbean. Most recently, she gave that up to start a small antiques and interiors business with her husband Michael in London. Together they have two adult children, two feral French cats and an ancient dog. Carina has a long association with the Foundation – her father was the Foundation’s first Chair – and has been pleased to serve first as. volunteer and latterly as a trustee.


Previous Chairs of Awareness Foundation

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Nigel Macdonald

Chair of Awareness Foundation 2014-2018

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Mrs. Bendu Cooper

Chair of Awareness Foundation 2012-2014


Charles Longbottom OBE

Chair of Awareness Foundation 2003-2012