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If you are interested in setting up a Who Let The Dads Out? group we strongly encourage you to visit one or more groups nearby to see what it involves. Our staff team, our volunteer representatives and our national offices are here to help you if you want to do this.

Meet the team

Mark Chester
Parent support manager

Mark Chester

Mark Chester is the founder of Who Let The Dads Out? He is a writer and speaker, with a ministry to turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers. He is married to Su and they have two grown-up children, Megan and Billy. Mark and Su worship together at Hoole Baptist Church in Chester, where Who Let The Dads Out? began in 2003. Mark relaxes by hitting a golf ball badly, jogging reluctantly and swimming slowly!

Tony Sharp
Who Let The Dads Out? project manager

Tony Sharp

Tony Sharp is the project manager for Who Let The Dads Out? He combines this role with a professional career in engineering in the water industry. He is married to Brenda and has a grown-up daughter Laura. He and Brenda also worship at Hoole Baptist Church and he has been involved both locally and nationally with Who Let The Dads Out? since 2007. Tony is a sporty kind of bloke in a competitive, but hopefully fair, way and still has a full head of hair (unlike Mark!).

Mike Wilkinson
Who Let The Dads Out? volunteer rep coordinator

Mike Wilkinson

Mike Wilkinson coordinates the team of Who Let The Dads Out? volunteer representatives. He also co-leads the Who Let The Dads Out? group at his church in Teddington. He is a retired chemical engineer, married with three adult children and three grandchildren. 

National offices

Staff in Care for the Family’s National Offices are also equipped to support churches who want to explore Who Let The Dads Out?

Who Let The Dads Out? representatives

Our volunteer representatives are passionate about supporting fathers and father figures. They have experience of running dads groups and can talk knowledgably on ways of engaging with and supporting men in this most important of roles. They are also able to facilitate Nuts & Bolts training sessions if you’d like help to explore the potential of Who Let The Dads Out?

Click on an area below to find out more about the representatives nearest to you.

If you’d like to speak to a representative or one of our national offices, simply let us know and we’ll get them to contact you.

Jane Leadbetter

I help coordinate L19: Who Let The Dads Out?, L19: Messy Church and 25th Allerton Beaver Scouts. Before retirement I worked on the Messy Church Team at The Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF). Not many people know that I can make a musical note from a blade of grass!

Darren Arnold

Having previously set up and run two Who Let The Dads Out? groups in West Sussex (at St Andrews Methodist Church and at Southwater Community Methodist Church), I now work as the Children’s & Family Worker at Fulwood Methodist Church where we run a group. I am married to Cheryl and we have three children. My other interests are cooking, photography and supporting Nottingham Forest FC.

Tim Rosier

Tim lives in Derbyshire with his wife and four young children and works as a Lecturer in Social & Community Studies at the University of Derby, teaching primarily on the Youth Work & Community Development programme. Formerly a Probation Officer, Tim went on to head up Reflex, the prison ministry overseen by British Youth for Christ. Having seen and worked with some challenging and heart-breaking cases over the years, Tim is passionate about encouraging and developing strong father figures who are active, engaged and committed to their families and seeing holistic transformation take place in the lives of young people.

Mark Hackney

I am married to Lizzie. In 2017 I refound my passion for table tennis and now play in the Shrewsbury league after a 35 year gap. I am the Children’s and Families worker at St George’s Pontesbury in the Hereford Diocese. I am passionate about engaging with families in an intergenerational way.  We have run a Who Let The Dads Out? group since 2017 and want to engage with the local dads and their families.

Simon Brown

I am married to Tomi and I have two teenage children, Anna and Jeremy. I live in Newport in Gwent and have run a Who Let The Dads Out? group at Nant Coch church. I am also passionate about photography, as a social photographer in a previous existence, and about rugby, having grown up in New Zealand.

Andy Butt

I am a founder of Dambusters, the Who Let The Dads Out? group based at Christ Church Billericay, Essex. I am passionate about sharing the gospel with those the church doesn’t normally reach, especially families, children and young people, through action rather than just words.

Rich Keeble

I run a Fathers and Families Project called EPIC Dad (Encourager – Provider – Instructor – Carer), four key roles we want to celebrate and encourage. We offer wellbeing, parenting, and family support to dads and male carers across West Suffolk and beyond. Some of our activities include dads and children’s fun clubs, parenting courses, new and expectant fathers’ groups, wellbeing walks for dads, delivery of baby supplies to local families, and lots more! I love being involved in dads work as the better support we can give to dads, the better support they can be to their families.

Mike Wilkinson

I am the Representatives Coordinator for Who Let The Dads Out? and have co-led the Who Let the Dads Out? group at my church, Teddington Baptist, since 2012. We are keen to help fathers learn more about their role and so we run a fathering course every year (we have used Daddy Cool! and Care for the Family’s Parentalk materials) and I would be delighted to help other groups start their own courses.

Rob Santer

I am a big fan of Who Let The Dads Out? and run an active group at All Saints Church in Woodford Wells. I serve as London Regional Coordinator for Christian Vision for Men where we are passionate about winning men and the family to Christ. We have witnessed Who Let The Dads Out? to be a formidable community activity that creates the environment for dads to meet and forge strong friendships, leading to other opportunities. I welcome sharing our Who Let the Dads Out? experiences whilst helping and encouraging others in setting up and growing their own group.

Geoff Court

I am a Pioneer Minister in Whitstable, Kent. I am passionate about working with children and their families, and helping to encourage and nurture positive relationships between children and their parents. Previously I was the Children and Families Minister at St John’s Methodist Church in Whitstable where, in 2013, I helped establish the Whitstable Who Let The Dad’s Out? group. As a man working in an early year’s context, in which most of the adults that I meet are female, I feel that it is particularly important to engage with and encourage fathers and provide them with the opportunity to meet with other dads and their children.

Mark Wright

I am in a leadership role as part of our outreach & evangelism team at St James’ Church in Royal Tonbridge Wells, and have also enjoyed leading and serving with our Who Let The Dads Out? team since starting our group in 2015. I enjoy being involved in supporting families and helping dads and children to spend invaluable time and make memories together. We previously took our group on a brilliant summer camping weekend plus recently ran the Daddy Cool Course via Zoom.

Andy Bacon

I first got involved with Who Let The Dads Out? in 2004 and worked in the kitchen serving bacon and egg rolls. We had a small team of six and regularly had ten – fifteen dads a month. It wasn’t until I moved to Equippers Church that I had the opportunity to start my own group which we opened in 2010 at the Chertsey Hub, where we regularly attracted over 100 adults and children each month.

Care for the Family’s Scottish office can help you explore Who Let The Dads Out? in Scotland.

Care for the Family’s Northern Ireland office can help you explore Who Let The Dads Out? in Northern Ireland.

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