Hailing from the deepest West Country, I trained at Ripon College Cuddesdon, was ordained in Ripon Cathedral in 1988 and have served in four parishes (St Matthew’s, Chapel Allerton, Leeds; St Mary’s, Acton; Holy Innocents, Kingsbury and Christ Church w. St Laurence, Brondesbury) before being appointed to the post of Vicar of St Peter’s in 2012. I am at present one of the Willesden Area Director of Ordinands. I am an active member of the Society of Catholic Priests; a keen rugby supporter; dog walker and I love gardening when I get the chance.
Originally from Manchester, via The Midlands, then arriving in Ealing (my first London home!) in 1980, I am now joining the ranks of the clergy rather later in life, having first been a teacher in Pinner, then a classical musician, singing with English National Opera for 17 years.
I have been involved in the Church for as long as I can remember, singing in choirs, and for twenty years was Reader at St Mary's, Harrow on the Hill.
Having just finished two years training at Ripon College, Cuddesden, I come to St Peter's with my partner Neil, also an opera singer, our cat Hamish and dog Ruairi. My hobbies include gardening, DIY and playing the piano.
I was ordained in 1994, have been Associate Priest at St. Peter’s since 1997, and also worked in various management roles in the IT industry for more than 30 years until I retired in 2014. I’ve now crossed the great gulf fixed between science and the arts and am pursuing a university course in the History of the Book. I'm a contact point for the development of Ministry in Secular Employment (MSE) in London, and am particularly interested in helping people to integrate their weekday and Sunday worlds. I am Secretary of CHRISM (the national group for MSEs), am active in a number of other voluntary organisations, and have stood (so far unsuccessfully) as a candidate in several parliamentary and local council elections. In any spare time I can be found writing essays, reading, threatening the weeds and the squirrels in my garden and entertaining my granddaughters, sometimes simultaneously. There’s also a classic car, now living with my family in Hampshire, which I drive when opportunity and weather permit.
I have lived in the parish and have been very happily involved in the life of St Peter's for twenty five years. I am married to Richard and we have two adult children. I am a Licensed Reader (sometimes called a Licensed Lay Minister or LLM) and in this role I contribute to the teaching and preaching ministry at St Peter's. My background is in education, and outside St Peter’s I am involved in mentoring students and writing material for training courses. I also continue to take an interest in LLM training and development.