In May 2016, Tilly Bacon joined the St Mellitus College staff team as Director of College Operations. Below, she answers a few questions.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I was born in Sweden but grew up in London and am one of six children – I have three older sisters and two younger brothers. My parents became Christians before I was born and as a family we have always gone to church at HTB.
As a teenager, I decided that I wanted to learn Italian so when I finished school I took a year out and lived and worked in both Milan and Florence. After that I came back to England and studied Italian at Leeds University, which took me to Verona for my year abroad.
After studying, I moved back to London and worked at my church as PA to the COO – she was a huge inspiration and modelled to me how to do life well. In 2013, I was appointed Head of HTB Alpha, through which I met my husband, Jonathan.
What were you doing before you started at St Mellitus College?
Before working at St Mellitus College I was PA to the CEO of Resurgo – a charity which helps underprivileged young people into employment. Prior to that I worked for a start-up as Head of Operations. I feel that all the roles I have had to date have led me in one way or another to where I am today – teaching and equipping me with a huge variety of tools which I draw on regularly – from managing different personality types to implementing and refining systems to make projects run as smoothly as possible.
What do you most wish to bring to the operations of St Mellitus College?
I love admin and efficiency and feel so fired up when I get to develop processes. I really want to ensure that the infrastructure of the college is robust so that we can work well across our centres.
I also love managing a team and have a longing to draw out the strengths and individuality in people. I really want to make sure that the admin team thrive in their roles and feel constantly invested in and encouraged so that they can become more of who they were made to be, and so that together we can be a blessing to the students and to the wider staff team.
Having seen first-hand the impact that church has had in my life, I am excited about playing a role in church growth through helping to see leaders raised up. And when I hear about the vast number of clergy due to retire over the next few years and I think about the impact this would have on the Church of England, it makes me want to do whatever I can to help reverse this decline.
And what do you do when you are not at St Mellitus College?
When I’m not at St Mellitus College, I spend time seeing friends and family (twelve nephews and nieces, and another on the way). I also enjoy country walks, baking, calligraphy and bullet journaling.