The CMSI Staff Team

Jenny Smyth

Mission Director

Jenny heads up CMSI and leads the staff team. She works with the CMSI Board of Trustees to provide leadership and direction for the society. She also covers oversees the partnership links with Burundi.

Jenny previously worked in both Uganda and South Sudan as a mission partner, initially with CMS Britain and then with CMSI. She then served on CMSI's Board of Trustees before joining the staff team in 2013 as a Partnership Coordinator. She was appointed Mission Director in 2015.

Gillian Maganda

Personnel Manager

Gillian oversees all of CMSI’s mission personnel and teams, as well as providing HR support for the staff team. 

Gillian joined the CMSI team in 2008, following six years of Mission Partner service in Egypt. She loves walking alongside people as they explore potential mission placements.

Gillian also acts as the Partnership Coordinator for the links with Zambia.

Anne Buckley

Finance Coordinator

Anne is responsible for the processing of income and payments and for updating financial records. 


Anne is the longest serving member of staff, having joined the CMSI team in 1986. Over the years, she has worked in the Youth Department, the General Admin team and the Communications Department.

Partnership Coordinator

[DR Congo, Egypt, South Sudan]

Linda joined the staff team in 2015, after a period of mission partner service in Nigeria with Mission Africa. Some of the Global Partners she works with are ministering in contexts of significant civil strife and upheaval - a particular challenge for the Church.

Linda Abwa

Roger Thompson

Partnership Coordinator

[Kenya, Nepal, Rwanda]

Roger joined the CMSI team in 2015, after 11 years of parish ministry in Connor Diocese. In the late 1980s, he served as a CMS-Britain mission partner in Tanzania. His work includes developing the church links with our Mission Partners in Kenya and Zambia.

The Partnership Coordinators work alongside churches and Global Partners to develop strong, fruitful partnership links. They are the first port of call for link churches; they provide guidance and support; they help parishes to develop partnership plans. They also manage global funding programmes and help to organise teams and visits to and from our partners.

Roger Cooke

Mission Resource Manager

 Roger works with Rachel to share stories, produce resources and host events that inform, inspire and equip churches and individuals.


Roger takes particular responsibility for inMission magazine, the prayer diary, the website and for the content of the main CMSI events. He's been with CMSI since 2006, having initially worked as a Partnership Coordinator.

Rachel Brittain

Mission Resource Coordinator

 Rachel shares responsibilities with Roger for news, stories, resources and events. She has lead responsibility for Marketplace, our social media platforms and our engagement with members and volunteers.

Rachel joined the staff team in 2004, initially working on the Children's Resource and the mPower conference.

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