Leadership Team

About our Leadership Team

To be effective in this mission, we must have a team of leaders who have experience with the fostering world and the church world. 

Bryan Elliott

CEO/Founder

Born in California, raised in rural Kansas, Bryan began his professional career in radio and advertising before going into full-time Christian ministry with university students. In 2011, he and his family moved to Wales to start Capital City Church in Cardiff. While there, the Elliotts and their ministry team launched the first Royal Family Kids Camp (now Starfish KIDS Camp) for looked after children in the UK.

“Churches need to find their niche when it comes to community service,” Bryan says. “Foster care services in Britain are stretched beyond belief, and it seemed like the right thing for us to do.”

Bryan works to raise funds and other resources for Starfish, and volunteers each year at their local camp in Cardiff. He and Misty now pastor a growing church in Bedwas, Wales. He as a B.S. in Communications from Sterling College, and a Masters in Theological Studies from Southwestern Assemblies of God University.

Misty Elliott

Camp Development/Founder
A passionate mum, Misty was one of the original directors of the first camp in South Wales. She, too, is from Kansas, and has been directly involved in various aspects of ministry and work with Starfish. Misty oversees the recruitment of new camps and volunteers, and is the chief liaison for all camp operations. She also volunteers every year at her local Starfish KIDS Camp. She has a B.A. in Music Education from Sterling College.The Elliotts live in South Wales, enjoy long walks in the Welsh countryside, and have four children spread out between the U.S. and Britain.

Ruth Hawkins

Administrator

Ruth and her husband Chris have been involved with Starfish Kids almost from the beginning. Ruth handles social media, admin tasks, and whatever else she can fit in her day as a mum of two feisty girls. 

Meet our Trustees

Mark and Kathy Winston

Trustees

Kathy and Mark have been involved with the first UK Starfish KIDS Camp from its start in 2016 and serve as Grandma and Grandpa.

Kathy has a background in nursing, health visiting and early years education as well as having a diploma in counselling; Mark worked as a consultant psychiatrist based in Merthyr Tydfil for 22 years until retirement in 2017.

They now provide regular childcare for their preschool grandchildren. They are longstanding members of Rhiwbina Baptist Church in Cardiff and are actively engaged with church life.

Clayton and Judith Sandry

Trustees

Clayton and Judith have been involved with The Starfish Alliance from the very outset and are both passionate about the work of the charity.

Clayton is a bank manager and has worked in finance throughout his career. Judith has a banking background but for the last 10 years changed her career, passed her BA(Hons) in Youth and Community Work and is now a full time Foster Carer.

Together, Clayton and Judith have been fostering children for the last 6 years. Clayton and Judith also are involved in church life at Peniel Pentecostal Church in Glynneath.

Alastair Cope

Trustees
Alastair joined the team of trustees in 2024 and is passionate about transforming the lives of children and young people.

Originally from Manchester, he has over 20 years’ experience of working in areas supporting children, young people and families. Alastair now oversees the development of foster care across all 22 local authorities in Wales.

Alastair has 4 children and is an active member of Bryn Sion Baptist Church in Aberdare.
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