JCA 2017 Workshop Moderator

Phill Gray


Phill Gray grew up in the UK where his parents worked in Nursing and Social Work. Phill trained as a chef and later achieved a degree in Hospitality from the University of West London. His career then took him around the world including France and Hong Kong. As his career developed, Phill moved into the Events World which saw him oversee some of the country’s most prestigious occasions. In 1993 he met and then married Rachel, and they now have 3 boys.

A move into the nonprofit sector following roles with various corporate companies including HSBC, saw Phill heading up the UK Operation for Wycliffe Bible Translators. This involved a move out of London to Buckinghamshire in the UK, where they still live presently. In 2006 Phill took a role with Newfrontiers, a large network of churches based across the globe. This role included oversight of one of the UK’s and Europe’s largest Christian Youth gatherings. The success of this event and its continued growth from 3,000 to over 8,000 young people saw the event capture interest from the UK government leading to an advisory role on youth culture in the UK. Late in 2016, Phill was approached by Care for Children to come onto the UK board and very quickly it became clear that his knowledge and experience would be of great advantage in an operational role. So, in early 2017 Phill stepped into the Head of Group Operations role supporting the CEO in oversight of the operations of Care for Children across the world.