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Our People

MEET THE TEAM

The Diocese is overseen by the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, and assisted by the Bishop of Sherwood, Archdeacons and senior staff, and administrated by the Parish support team of the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Board of Finance (DBF).

The DBF, based at Jubilee House in Southwell, sits at the heart of the Diocese to resource, enable and support Parishes in our shared ministry and mission. The Board is an incorporated, charitable body which is the Diocese’s financial executive and the employer of its staff.

CEO

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Chief Executive Martin Cooper

As Diocesan Chief Executive, Martin Cooper is responsible for the leadership and managerial oversight of the staff employed by the DBF in all central services provided by the diocese, including Discipleship & Ministry, Safeguarding, Partnerships & Mission, Property (including Glebe), HR, Finance, Buildings, Communications and Education.

Bishop’s Office

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Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham Paul Williams

Diocesan Bishop, with overall responsibility for clergy and parishes in this diocese. Read more…

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Bishop of Sherwood Andy Emerton

Suffragan Bishop, working closely with the diocesan bishop in overseeing the mission and ministry of this diocese, with particular oversight for vocations, ministry to children and young people and strengthening representations of leaders from our global majority heritage. Read more…

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Bishop’s Chaplain and Diocesan Ecumenical Officer Amanda Lees

Supporting the diocesan bishop, including general inquiries relating to ministry licences, Permissions to Officiate, and diocesan-led worship services

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Bishop’s Executive Assistant and Assistant Chaplain Emily Charkham

Providing diary management and administrative support for the Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham. In addition Emily will be assisting Amanda in her work as Chaplain to Bishop Paul.

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PA to Bishop of Sherwood Jacky Bates

Providing diary management and administrative support for the Bishop of Sherwood.

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Bishop’s Office Administrator Jo Patchett

Providing administrative support to the Bishop’s Office.

Safeguarding

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Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor Julian Hodgson

I am a qualified Social Worker and joined the Church of England as a DSA in 2009. I came to Southwell and Nottingham Diocese in 2020 to set up the current team. My background in Social Work included various management roles in Local Authority mostly in Child Protection. Before becoming a DSA I held the Parish Safeguarding Officer role for 5 years in my own church where I continue to worship.

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Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor Lucy Grimsey

I am a qualified Social Worker and joined the Diocesan Safeguarding Team in September 2021. My background has been in Social Work, Child Protection and prior to this I worked for different organisations with children, young people, and vulnerable adults. 

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Safeguarding Administrator Dawn Todd

Dawn is responsible for clergy and Licensed lay workers’ DBS applications but will also assist parishes needing support with the DBS process or the Parish Dashboard. Dawn also sets up training on Eventbrite and provides other admin assistance to the team.

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DST Administrator Katrina Wilson
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Cathedral Safeguarding Officer & DST Caseworker Penny Turner

I am a qualified social worker who has worked extensively in child protection and therapeutic services such as CAMHS. The latter part of my career 2009 saw a shift to Adult social care specialising in Dementia services. 2015 I joined Lincoln diocese as a case worker and became a deputy DSA and Interim DSA until leaving in 2021. I joined the Nottingham and Southwell DST in May of 2022

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Diocesan Training Manager & Parish Support Officer Stephanie Spencer

I have a degree in Youth Justice and have spent the majority of my career working in the health and social care sector; predominantly in drug and alcohol services. I am the Chair of Governors at a local primary school where I am also the safeguarding governor. Before joining the safeguarding team, I was the Parish Safeguarding Officer for my church and I continue to sit on the church PCC.

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Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP) Barry Earnshaw

I have been the Independent Chair of the DSAP since 2019. I have extensive experience in the field of Adult safeguarding having worked in the statutory and voluntary sector at senior managerial level for over 25 years. Until early 2021 I was the Independent Chair of a Local Safeguarding Adults Board, having served for 6 years as either the Deputy Chair or Chair. I am also a member of the East Midlands Safeguarding Adult Board Chairs’ Network.

FINANCE

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Finance Director Katrina Proctor

Katrina leads the diocesan Finance team, helping to make long-term financial decisions. Her duties include analysing departmental finances, creating budgets and working with the senior team to ensure the financial health and stability of the Diocese.

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Senior Finance Officer Deborah Trevor

Queries regarding Deanery share statements & allocation of monies received.

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Finance Officer  Jason Lee

Processing purchase invoices and payments, salaries and payments. Processes sequestration claims, expenses and payments.

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Finance Officer Angela Morton

Queries regarding Deanery share statements & allocation of monies received.

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Funding Consultant Tony Brown

Advice and planning assistance to help parishes increase giving and consider all aspects of generosity and stewardship in the context of discipleship.

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Gift Aid Admin Jill Stanforth

Practical support and processing help for all parishes claiming GA from HMRC. Templates provided.

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Property Admin Jo Page

Provision of Clergy housing including repairs, maintenance, sales and purchases.

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Digital Giving Adviser Anne Coyne

Training and equipping parishes to increase their giving, and generate new and different forms of income to use in their ministry and mission

Communications

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Interim Director of Communications Gary Pitt

Gary oversees internal and external communications. He helps to support, resource and champion local churches in their communication, as well as supporting projects and initiatives from across the diocese. For 2024 this includes a particular focus on the development and delivery of the refreshed diocesan vision.

Discipleship and Ministry

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Director of Discipleship & Ministry James Halstead

James heads up the Discipleship and Ministry team, helping parishes to grow disciples of Christ with compassion, confidence and courage, and is responsible for leadership development for lay and ordained leaders.

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 Diocesan Director of Ordinands Craig Hunt

Support Clergy and Lay Leaders in discerning, nurturing and fulfilling vocations in the whole Body of Christ with particular attention to ordained ministries. Oversee IME 1-4, advice on Theological Training Colleges, Equality and Diversity

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Principal of Wellbeing and Ministerial Development Sarah Patten

To enable clergy to flourish and grow in ministry. Includes responsibility for wellbeing, spiritual direction, sabbaticals, MDR and funding for retreats and training. Sarah is the initial point of contact for clergy spouses.

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Growing Younger Disciples Lead Ruth Lee

To help churches and church schools reach a new generation, working with them to implement their own strategic plans for Growing Younger Disciples in the 0-18 age range. Rebuild, Wild and Free

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Office Manager & Training co-ordinator Catriona Gundlach

Provides administrative support for the day to day activities of the Discipleship & Ministry and Partnership and Mission teams.

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Admin Assistant Kate Hurst

Provides administrative support for the day to day activities of the Discipleship & Ministry and Partnership and Mission teams.

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YLC Apprentice Track Lead Duncan Dean

Development of younger Christian Leaders in the 18-30 age range via the Inter programme and the Apprentice Track.

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Learning Development and Support Coordinator Laura Frank

Supports the organisation, development, communication, and delivery of high quality training across the diocese, including administrating the diocesan Learning Hub.

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Warden of Readers Sue Waterston

Collaborative and strategic leadership to equip and encourage Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs) to serve in their local contexts and champion the Diocesan Vision: ‘Growing Disciples – Wider, Younger, Deeper

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Children’s and Youth Work Trainer and Enabler Tom Ranger

Supports local churches in developing their children’s and youth work through a variety of training opportunities, providing resources to develop good practice and discipleship models, and ongoing support through mentoring, prayer, and connection.

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Diocesan Chaplaincy Lead David McCoulough

Ensures diocese works well for the common good with other churches, statutory and voluntary agencies in the County and City. Links with key partners such as Transforming Notts Together, Nottingham Citizens, Refugee Roots. Responsibility for Caring for Creation (Environment) and Sector Ministry support eg: Prisons, Healthcare, Emergency Services.

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Workplace Chaplain Jo Tatum

Enquiries about planning mission events to places of work. Supporting people through redundancy/workplace stress/disciplinary or grievance procedures where they work. Supporting parishes that want to explore town/high street Chaplaincy. How to engage/build partnership with larger employees in a parish. How to offer occasional offices into the workplace.

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Partnerships Officer Liam O’Boyle

Support and equip churches in serving their communities compassionately, responding to Jesus’ call to “love our neighbour” and to grow deeper in our discipleship by engaging in serving the communities we live in. Main focus is working alongside churches, Faith Groups, Local Authorities and The Charity Sector to tackle together the damaging effects of poverty and homelessness across the city and county.  

Programme Management Office

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Programme Manager Neil Peake

SDF supported projects, Growing Disciples Plan (parish growth plans / strategic planning), Growing Disciples Fund & NWCs Fund.

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Project Support Officer Imogen Mellor

Imogen plays a vital role in assisting the Programme Manager to ensure that the Project Management Office have the right processes and systems in place for a successful implementation of the change initiatives. This involves working in partnership with local churches to grow disciples.

Education

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Education Director Nigel Frith

Leadership of diocesan education services, school links and support, pastoral support for leaders, academisation and training.

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Deputy Director Samantha Dennis

Safeguarding, MAT guidance, training, monitoring standards, school support.

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Assistant to the Director of Education Chrissie Goodridge

Assists the Director of Education, facilitates events and ensures administrative systems are in place to maintain good communication with schools, parishes and other educational partners.

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Schools Advisor Anne Lumb

RE, Collective Worship and Christian Ethos support, SIAMS support, school support, training.

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School Buildings Officer Jess Lane

Guidance and support for building work and building issues. First point of call for help with historical documents of trust, ownership and land.

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Diocesan Admissions & Governance Lead  Alison Jacobson

Guidance on governance, guidance on admissions.

Human Resources

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HR Manager Janet Brothwell

First point of contact for HR queries (internal and external), Support for parishes, Policies & Procedures, Employment law, Ecclesiastical Terms of Service measure, Case work, Workforce planning

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HR Officer Jo Padmore

First point of contact for HR recruitment queries (employees and office holders), managing the recruitment process from advertising to appointment and induction of new employees. Advice on general HR queries and support to the HR Manager.

Registry

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Registrar Amanda Redgate

We provide legal advice and assistance to clergy, parish officers and the general public on the following: 1. Faculties – permissions for alteration to churches and churchyards. 2. PCC issues and responsibilities. 3. Life Events – baptisms, marriages and burials. 4.Licences and Patronage – procedures relating to the appointment of clergy. We maintain Diocesan records.

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Registry Clerk Eleanor Dunleavy

Administrative assistance for the Executive Support team, and the office of the Archdeacons and Chief Executive. Supporting the work of the Diocesan Registrar and Bishop’s Legal Officer.

Archdeacons

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Archdeacon of Nottingham Phil Williams

My role is to support the mission of the church that is exercised by clergy and parishes in the Nottingham Archdeaconry in close collaboration with the bishops. Archdeacons’ lead the appointments’ process and support churchwardens in a vacancy. Archdeacons have specific responsibilities in relation to church buildings, pastoral re-organisation and clergy discipline. They bring matters of encouragement and concern to the attention of the bishop. Read more…

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Archdeacon of Newark Tors Ramsey

My role is to support the mission of the church that is exercised by clergy and parishes in the Newark Archdeaconry in close collaboration with the bishops. Archdeacons’ lead the appointments’ process and support churchwardens in a vacancy. Archdeacons have specific responsibilities in relation to church buildings, pastoral re-organisation and clergy discipline. They bring matters of encouragement and concern to the attention of the bishop. Read more…

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Associate Archdeacon Richard Kellett

Richard works alongside the Archdeacons to provide substantial leadership, vision setting and support of embedding of diocesan vision and priorities for Growing Disciples of Christ at a local level. He has a particular focus on those benefices in vacancy or in times of transition.

Chief Executive’s Office

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Executive PA to CE/Archdeacons Jo Padmore

Providing Executive PA support and managing the office of three members of the Bishop’s Senior Staff Team. First point of contact for clergy vacancies/recruitment, Bishop’s Council, Diocesan Synod and Triennium elections.

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Administrative Officer Sharon Vocaturo

Providing Executive PA support and managing the office of three members of the Bishop’s Senior Staff Team. First point of contact for clergy vacancies/recruitment, Bishop’s Council, Diocesan Synod and Triennium elections.

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Diocesan Environment Officer (DEO) Robert Cleave

Caring for Creation (Environment) across the diocese. Supporting and encouraging Eco Parishes. Working towards the diocese being Net Zero Carbon (NZC) by 2030.

There is a shared management responsibility for the Deanery Administrator between the Area Dean and the Executive PA to the CE at Jubilee House.
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Bassetlaw & Bawtry and Newark & Southwell Deaneries Administrator Paula Carlin

As Deanery Administrator I am an integral part of the Deanery, supporting the delivery of the Diocesan vision of Growing Disciples, Wider, Younger and Deeper with efficient administration and by providing high-level administrative and executive support for the Area Dean, the members of the Deanery Leadership Teams/Standing Committees (DLT/SC) and the wider Deanery.

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West Bingham Deaneries Administrator Katharine Dryden

As Deanery Administrator I am an integral part of the Deanery, supporting the delivery of the Diocesan vision of Growing Disciples, Wider, Younger and Deeper with efficient administration and by providing high-level administrative and executive support for the Area Dean, the members of the Deanery Leadership Teams/Standing Committees (DLT/SC) and the wider Deanery.

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Nottingham North and Nottingham South Deaneries Administrator Kirsty Cowley

As Deanery Administrator I am an integral part of the Deanery, supporting the delivery of the Diocesan vision of Growing Disciples, Wider, Younger and Deeper with efficient administration and by providing high-level administrative and executive support for the Area Dean, the members of the Deanery Leadership Teams/Standing Committees (DLT/SC) and the wider Deanery.

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Mansfield Deanery Administrator Judith Asquith

As Deanery Administrator I am an integral part of the Deanery, supporting the delivery of the Diocesan vision of Growing Disciples, Wider, Younger and Deeper with efficient administration and by providing high-level administrative and executive support for the Area Dean, the members of the Deanery Leadership Teams/Standing Committees (DLT/SC) and the wider Deanery.

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Newstead, East Bingham and Gedling Deaneries Portia Newling

As Deanery Administrator I am an integral part of the Deanery, supporting the delivery of the Diocesan vision of Growing Disciples, Wider, Younger and Deeper with efficient administration and by providing high-level administrative and executive support for the Area Dean, the members of the Deanery Leadership Teams/Standing Committees (DLT/SC) and the wider Deanery.

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DAC Sect./Care of Churches Jonathan Pickett

Here to support you look after our Church Buildings. Faculties, DAC and Churchyards

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Admin Assistant Eleanor Dunleavy

Administrative assistance for the Chief Executive’s Office, and the office of the Archdeacons. Supporting the work of the Diocesan Registrar and Bishop’s Legal Officer.

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