About Regent College Canada Trust


The story of the Friends of Regent College Canada Trust really begins with the birth of Regent College itself, when Founding Principal Dr. Jim Houston made the journey from Oxford, UK, to Vancouver, Canada, on a mission to make world-class theological education relevant and available to laypeople.

The Friends of Regent College Canada Trust was established in 1998 for the following purposes:

  • To facilitate the advancement of theological education and religion in the UK and beyond through the raising of funds for the use and growth of Regent College in Vancouver, BC.
  • To advance the progress of theological education world-wide. This will be accomplished through the raising of funds to assist persons from the UK and Europe, Asia and Africa so that they might attend Regent College by the provision of Friends of Regent College Canada Trust scholarships, bursaries and other such assistance.

The relationship between Regent College and Christian communities in the UK has remained close throughout the College's five decades of existence, and continues today with students, faculty, guest speakers, and other friends making regular trips across the Atlantic. (In fact, Regent's current full-time faculty boasts two Scots and a Welshman.)

As Trustees, we strive to help UK alumni and friends to stay engaged in Regent's mission of cultivating intelligent, vigorous, and joyful commitment to Jesus Christ, His Church, and His world.

Meet the Trustees

  • Richard Evans (MA ’11, Doctoral Candidate, London)

    Richard completed his MA at Regent in 2011. Since then, he has pursued further study in London and is currently undertaking doctoral research in film and geography. He also edits an arts journal and is learning Swedish (for fun and research purposes).


  • Donna McDowell (MCS ’04, Educator, South London)

    Upon completion of an MCS with an Arts Thesis in Theatre in 2004, Donna returned to the UK to study to become a secondary Religious Studies and Philosophy teacher with a view to progressing into community education at some point. Almost 10 years later with 7 years of teaching and a sabbatical under her belt, Donna now works as Head of Schools and Families at St Paul's Cathedral. Her performing is limited to playing Mary in her Christmas Journeys but occasionally she does a little performance poetry in dark, tucked away corners of South London.


  • Peter Shaw (DipCS ’71, MCS ’74. Civil Servant, London)

    Peter Shaw was one of the first four full time Regent students in 1970-71 before going into a career in the UK Government where he ultimately held three Director General posts. He was a founding partner of Praesta, an international coaching business, and has worked with leaders and teams across five continents. He has written 20 books on aspects of leadership and is a Visiting Professor at a number of University Business Schools as well as a Licensed Lay Minister in the Anglican Church.


  • Madeline Simpson (MA ’09, Lay Leader, West London)

    Madi Simpson lives in West London, is married to James and has three children. Aside from her role as primary caregiver, Madi is an active member of St Paul’s Hammersmith, where she serves as a lay leader, preacher and Churchwarden. She is a monthly contributor to the Wondering Fair blog - www.wonderingfair.com. Madi has an MA: Theological Studies, concentration Applied Theology, from Regent College (2009). She loves to help people 'come alive' in their faith and its outworking. One of these days she’d like to get ordained. In the meantime, when not preparing talks, doing the laundry or preventing health and safety crises, Madi enjoys the outdoors, novels, and any opportunity to stay up late in grown up company.



About Regent College

Regent's Christ-centred graduate programs and courses bring together vibrant evangelical faith and rigorous academics. Since its formation in 1968, the College has achieved a world-wide reputation as one of the leading centres of graduate-level theological education. Students name Regent’s high academic reputation, its international diversity, its strong community focus, and its reputation for attentiveness to spiritual formation as the top reasons they choose to attend Regent College. You can learn more on Regent College's website.