The Speakers

Dave and Jo Arkell

Dave and Jo live in Walthamstow, East London and were married in 2002, not wanting to hang around they produced four beautiful boys before 2008 was out – pretty good going! Dave is a Software Developer and works full time and Jo is at home with the children – working full time and a half! Family life is fairly busy (British understatement) but on top of that, they enjoy being part of their local church and building relationships with people in their community. Dave enjoys playing guitar, football and fiddling with his computer. Jo is a keen gardener, producing lots of veg on the allotment. She also enjoys cooking and reading. Daniel, Ben, Tom and Reuben mostly enjoy a good rough and tumble!

Mark and Christine Daniel

Mark and Christine are Directors of FamilyLife UK. They are authors of: Together – investing in your marriage; and developed: A Day Together – a seminar for couples. They are international speakers and have spoken to thousands of people on relationship and marriage issues at seminars and in churches; at Spring Harvest Christian festival in the UK and even at an event at the House of Commons!

Prior to joining Agapé to lead FamilyLife Ministry in 2003, Mark was a Sales Director in a number of IT and high tech companies, after having served as an Army Officer at various locations around the world (he used to do Bomb Disposal!) Christine used to be a bank manager, choosing to stay at home after the birth of their first child. They have two grown up daughters. Mark is the extrovert and loves the outdoors; especially offshore sailing, cycling and being with people. Christine keeps Mark under control and is the completer/finisher of the family; she enjoys creative projects, the outdoors and solitude.

Steve Legg

As a Guinness World Record holder for his escapology feats, Steve travels the length and breadth of the UK, as well as internationally.

His magic has taken him to five continents working at the most prestigious of venues, including in the UK, Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena, Wembley Conference Centre, London’s Royal Albert Hall, ‘Odyssey’ in Belfast and Manchester’s Apollo Theatre often alongside top names in entertainment.

“He’s hilarious.” – Bear Grylls

“There’s a saying in show-business – ‘Only the truly great entertainers can hold a 10,000 strong audience outdoors in Littlehampton when it’s raining.’ Well, coincidentally the last time I worked with Steve Legg was outdoors in Littlehampton and the weather wasn’t great. He marched on that day with a kitchen utensil and a straitjacket and went down a storm during a storm.” – Tim Vine

Jenny Peters

Jenny worked as a child protection social worker before moving to work in the voluntary sector. In 2013 she set up, The Centre an early help family support project which runs out of St Mary’s Bryanston Square. She is passionate about providing support at the earliest possible stage and has been instrumental in bringing both Circle of Security Parenting© and Created for Connection© to the UK. Both these approaches give parents and partners new insights, choices and ultimately healing, which help them negotiate healthier, happier relationships.

Relationally speaking she has one husband, three children and one dog.


Tiny Veltman-Boer

Tiny Veltman-Boer has been married to Henk since 1981. They have three daughters of which two are married. Their 18 year old daughter, Renske, still lives with them in the Netherlands. Henk & Tiny lived in Surinam, Latin America for 22 years. They started the Agapé ministry there and worked in different ministries, like the Jesus film, StudentLife, FamilyLife and working with churches. Since 2002 they have been back in the Netherlands, where they were involved in the FamilyLife ministry as well. They really enjoy working together as a couple.