Our Minister & Team
Reverend Carla Maurer grew up in St.Gallen. She studied history and philosophy in Berne in 1999. During her first years as a student, Carla became particularly interested with the relations of society, church and politics in Europe and she developed a passion for Christian theology – intellectually, as well as spiritually. In 2007, Carla graduated in Reformed Theology.
She then moved to Strasbourg in France to work for the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches and became engaged in ecumenical cooperation which became an important part of her theology. Carla was a board member of the European Forum of European Christian Women (EFECW) from 2010-2014 where she coordinated the first Pop Up Monastery (www.popupmonastery.com).
Before becoming the Minister of the Swiss Church in London in 2013, Carla worked for the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church as executive officer on a property and mission project.
Theologians such as Teresa of Avila, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Peter Rollins, and Ruth Epting who was the first woman to be ordained in Basel and founder of the EFECW are an inspiration to her.
Carla is married to Julian Simmons, a London based record producer.
In her spare time, Carla loves to read, to take advantage of London’s rich cultural life (especially museums and theatres) or to enjoy a cool pint of ale down at the local pub. You might see her on one of her runs or stretching her body in a yoga class. In a previous life, Carla was the singer in a band. She still enjoys going to rock concerts, but she leaves the majority of her own singing to church hymns now.
Mobile phone: 07968 530 380
Community and Family Worker, Administrator (maternity cover)
Lilian Jost (or Lili for short) grew up in Zurich. After her Matura (A-Levels) she looked for interesting internship opportunities during her gap year, and found the Swiss Church. In summer 2016 she moved to London for good to join the team in charge of family, community and outreach work. Previously she has worked in a care home and she has been a Cevi (YMCA) leader for many years. Her goal is to study theology. In Switzerland…? Or England…? Who knows!
In her spare time you can find Lili with her nose in a book or with her ukulele in her hands, singing some of her favourite songs. She also thoroughly enjoys buying extravagant dresses in charity shops and never wearing them.
Phone: 020 7836 1418
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Accountant & Bookkeeper (maternity cover)
Colin McIntyre has family connections with Switzerland dating back to the 1920s, when his father’s aunt married an immigrant from Geneva who worked as a chef in a Glasgow hotel. When his father came to work in London in the 1950s, he met up with other Swiss relatives and together they attended many Swiss events in London.
Colin has been attending services at the Swiss Church since the renovation was completed at the end of 2009. He says: “The restored Swiss Church building is a gem, an oasis of quiet, restrained contemplation. The gospel text ‘Je ne mettrai pas dehors celui qui vient à moi’ expresses what the Church stands for. But above all, it is the members of the Swiss Church that draw me to Endell Street.”
Colin can look back on a 35 year career in banking. He decided that he wanted to do something different, and returned to part-time study of Spanish language and culture. He also keeps busy doing some family history research, and recently discovered that his great-great grandmother was born in Endell Street in 1856, the same year that the Swiss Church opened. The building in question is now the Hospital Club.
Phone: 020 7836 1418
She then began evening classes followed by a Foundation Degree from Central St Martins, a BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture from Chelsea School of Art and Design and an MA Sculpture from the Royal College of Art. Since then she has worked as a Sculptor, Curator, Gallery Director, Events and Catering Company Founder and as a Creative Consultant. She is now looking forward to a long, fruitful and enriching time as Venue Manager at the Swiss Church.
When not working Nat is engaged and challenged by two grown-up daughters discussing art, philosophy, gender, race and politics alongside giggling quite a lot. With her partner Ivor and his son Arthur she’s attempting to form a Modern Family Band playing the accordion (poorly!). Her soul is happiest when with her family and friends at her lakeside childhood home in Finland or when she gets time on her own in her studio and throwing on a wheel.
Phone: 07590 879 201
Director of Music & Organist
Peter Yardley-Jones is a first-class honours graduate in music from the University of Glasgow. From 2006-2008 he was University Organ Scholar and in 2008 he was appointed Assistant Organist at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow and Organist at Houston & Killellan Kirk. During his time in Glasgow, Peter studied organ with Kevin Bowyer and renowned Bach scholar, Prof. John Butt OBE. Widely respected as a performer, Peter was awarded the Muriel Thorne Hague Memorial Prize, by his University for achieving the greatest distinction in performance and in 2005 won first prize in the nationwide Geoffrey Spiers Organ Competition.
As a recitalist he has performed at many UK Cathedrals and Concert Halls and has performed on three solo USA tours, in 2010 (St Thomas, New York and Community of Christ, Missouri) and 2015 (Chicago, Rockford, Omaha, Lincoln and Kansas City). In addition Peter has been organist for several BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4 broadcasts and for BBC Television’s Songs of Praise.
Office Manager (on maternity leave)
Anina Smith grew up in Berne and visited London for the first time in 2004 during a gap year. In these three months she worked with her local church in Woolwich and the youth organisation XLP. Back in Switzerland she studied at the Swiss School of Tourism in Sierre/Siders before moving to London for good in September 2007. She first helped opening and running the first tibits restaurant outside of Switzerland and then joined LOCOG to deliver a successful 2012 Summer Games.
The position as Office Manager at the Swiss Church combines all her previous experiences and training as well as offering an opportunity to be linked with her home country and work in a Christian environment.
Anina is married to police constable Ricky Smith. Their son Max Noah was born on 30 November 2016.
Swiss Church London Consistoire
The Consistoire (equivalent of a Parish Council) is the Governing Body of the Swiss Church in London and administers and manages the Swiss Church in London, its property and its internal and external affairs in accordance with the constitution.
Members of the Consistoire
Company Secretary (vacant)
Mr David Hume
Vice-President, acting Chair
Member since 2015
David discovered the Swiss Church searching for a suitable hall for his community dance school which takes place every Tuesday evening. David says: “My contact with the Swiss Church has warmed my Christian faith and it seemed like fate when I was asked to become a member of the Consistoire.” His Methodist upbringing in central Manchester showed him how Christian values could help those in the community achieve fulfilling lives and he sees that affinity with the Swiss Church today.
David was working for a period in Zurich, Geneva and Basel and his son lived there for a time.
David’s aim is to assist the Consistoire build a strong governance team and develop robust fundraising strategies to ensure the long-term future of the 250 year old Swiss Church so that “Church, Community, Culture” can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Mr Yvon Tse
Acting Treasurer and Company Secretary
Member since 2010
Accountant by profession since 1970 working both in practice and commerce. Have had connection with both Switzerland and the Swiss Church in London since 1972 and 1985 respectively. On standby since 2012 for the role of Acting Treasurer when the Honourable Treasurer’s post is vacant and while the Trustees undergo their search for an appropriate candidate. Company Secretary in 2015.
Mr Philip Maillardet
History and Archives, Marriage registrar
Member since 2009
Mrs Cécile Mistry
Member since 2009
Mr Jon Driscoll
Member since 2016
Jon is a filmmaker and designer of projections for theatre, having designed many notable west end plays and musicals over the past twenty years. His technical knowledge is a great asset to the Swiss Church to improve the quality of events and performances held in the hall, and he hopes to run more vintage cinema nights in the church hall.
Jon regularly attends the Swiss Church services with his wife Helen and their baby daughter Lucy. His great grandfather was a Swiss chocolatier and a member of the Société de Secours Mutuel des Suisses. Jon enjoys being part of the church community and spending time in the calm surroundings of the church and wants to help sustaining the Swiss Church for future generations and to insure that work can continue to help the homeless community.
Mr Alexander Tissot
Member since 2017
Originally from Geneva, Switzerland, Alexander’s professional background is in Management in International Finance. He is also extensively involved as a Director in Impact Philanthropy and Charities and on a Global Basis and am involved with various charitable projects worldwide.
Alexander is active in the Swiss Community in his capacity as an elected Delegate of the ‘Organisation of Swiss Abroad’ (OSA) representing the interests of the Swiss in the UK at the Federal and Parliamentary level in Switzerland. As a member of OSA, he also serves as Vice-President of the Federation of Swiss Societies in the UK / FOSSUK with responsibility over fund raising and events, in close co-operation with the Swiss Embassy in London. The FOSSUK launched the annual ‘Swiss President’s Dinner’ attended by the leadership of Swiss Clubs, Associations and the Swiss Embassy in London. The focus is to come together as one community with shared interests and concerns.
Alexander’s decision to join the Swiss Church was a natural move from his work in the Swiss Community. He is delighted to have been considered to assume responsibility over ‘Fund Raising’ hopes to make an important contribution.
Mr Peter Staeuber
Outreach and Community Work
Member since 2017
Peter grew up in St.Gallen, Switzerland, and moved to London in 2010. He works as a freelance correspondent and writes about anything that might be of interest to German-speaking readers – which at the moment is Brexit.
Peter first heard about the Swiss Church through Carla, who went to the same school – he’d never known such a beautiful building exists right in the centre of the city. Peter then learned more about the outreach work carried out by the church, especially to tackle homelessness, and was very impressed. As a journalist, he has seen how this issue has become ever more critical in recent years. He became more involved with this work when the church launched its ‘HomeLos’ project last year, which tries to establish a dialogue around homelessness between London and Zurich.
After being elected to the Consistoire in February 2017, Peter took on the job of coordinating the Swiss Church’s outreach and community work. In this capacity, he hopes to be making a contribution to the role of the church as an institution for the local community as well as for the Swiss migrant population.
Mr Hermann Aebischer
Ex officio observer from the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom