Board of Trustees

The Reverend Canon Simon Butler

Senior Treasurer (Chair of Trustees)

Simon Butler has been Vicar of St Mary’s Battersea since 2011. Previously he was a Vicar in South London and a Team Rector in Sanderstead near Croydon. Prior to ordination in 1992 he was a Naval Officer.

He has been a member of the Church of England’s General Synod since 2005, an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral since 2006, and sits on The Archbishops’ Council. He is Prolocutor (clergy chair) of the Province of Canterbury. He became Senior Treasurer of Clergy Support Trust when he joined the board in 2018. Simon serves ex officio on all four board committees.

Richard Farmbrough

Treasurer

Richard Farmbrough is an award-winning television producer and media entrepreneur who has made programmes for a range of broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, CNN and Discovery.

Richard spent the first few years of his career at the BBC and in 2003 founded the independent production company Reef Television which was sold to Zinc Media PLC in 2015.

He is currently working as a media consultant advising a digital business on its film and video strategy with a particular focus on the arts and culture. Richard lives in Somerset with his family and is an active member of his local parish church. He became a trustee of Clergy Support Trust in 2018 and serves on the Governance Committee.

The Reverend Canon Roxanne Hunte

Treasurer

Born in Guyana, South America, Roxanne is a Vocations Adviser and the BAME Champion for Southwark Diocese, a member of the National Vocations Strategy Group (a joint venture of Ministry Division and CMEAC) and is a mentor to ordinands and curates. Trained to AAT level II, Roxanne worked in Guyana as an accountant in both the private and public sectors.

She then spent four years in Brazil where she achieved a BSc in accountancy from Universidade Gama Filho, Rio de Janeiro. After marriage in the UK in 1992, she read for an MBA at Huron University and then worked for ICL. In 1995 she began studies at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, where she spent two years in theological training and formation.

After ordination in 2007, Roxanne served her curacy at St Mary, Newington, following which she was licensed as Priest-in-Charge of Holy Innocents, South Norwood and also St Mark, South Norwood. She was made an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral in 2017. Roxanne became a trustee of Clergy Support Trust in 2012 and a treasurer (vice chair) in 2019. Roxanne serves ex officio on all four board committees.

Adam Chamberlain

Adam Chamberlain

A ‘son of the clergy’, Adam is a former investment banker with JP Morgan and Barclays Capital, working in London and New York.

He is now Chief Executive Officer of CDAM, a London-based, privately-owned investment management firm that he co-founded in 2006. Adam has a First Class Honours degree in Banking and International Finance from City University Business School. Adam became a trustee of Clergy Support Trust in 2019 and serves on the Investment Committee.

Constance Chinhengo

Constance has worked for the Financial Ombudsman Service since 2012, most recently as a senior manager (Ombudsman Leader). Since 2017 she has co-chaired Embrace, the Financial Ombudsman Service’s award-winning Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff network. Constance previously worked in retail banking with HSBC (2006-12).

Constance has a Master’s degree in Personnel and Human Resources Development and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. She is also an active member and youth mentor at her local Salvation Army corps. Constance became a trustee of Clergy Support Trust in 2020.

Martin Cooper

Martin Cooper

A qualified Chartered Accountant and Tax Adviser and ‘son of the clergy’, Martin has been the Chief Executive of the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham since March 2020.

He was previously Finance Director and Company Secretary of The Conservation Volunteers, having earlier worked in the commercial sector as a Finance Manager. He was Projects Officer for his local Parochial Church Council (focused on raising funds for the restoration of two Grade I churches) for eight years and is a Trustee of the Southwell and Nottingham Diocesan Guild Bell Fund and Riverside Church in Southwell. Martin became a trustee of Clergy Support Trust in 2019 and serves on the Risk, Audit & Finance Committee.

The Reverend Dr Jack Dunn

Jack has been Rector of the Parish of Wanstead in East London since September 2016. He was ordained in 2011. He worked as a pastoral assistant in HMP Wandsworth and served a curacy in the Diocese of London, before going to work as Chaplain and Welfare Officer at Lincoln College, Oxford and thereafter as Priest-in-Charge at St. Andrew's in Leytonstone.

As well as being the Rector of Wanstead he assists in the Diocese of Chelmsford with the recruitment of new priests. Jack became a trustee of Clergy Support Trust in 2014 and serves on the Governance Committee.

Nancy Goodrich

The Reverend Nancy Goodrich

Nancy has been the Vicar of Bolton-le-Sands in Blackburn Diocese since 2012 and Area Dean of Tunstall Deanery in North Lancashire since 2016. She is also (since July 2019) a member of General Synod. She has served as Vice-Chair of the Diocesan Synod House of Clergy, a member of Bishop's Council and a member of the Parish Share Review Group.

Ordained deacon in 2009, her professional background is as a Chartered Accountant, having worked in industry and at PriceWaterhouse in Manchester. Nancy became a trustee of Clergy Support Trust in 2019 and serves on the Grants & Partnerships Committee.

Jeremy Hargreaves

Jeremy Hargreaves is a consultant in public services strategy and change. He has held a range of senior management posts in the NHS, local government, consultancy and the private sector, and governor and non executive roles in several public and voluntary organisations. He is currently a Lay Board Member of Islington GP Federation.

He has been active for many years in the Liberal Democrats, particularly in developing the party’s manifestos, and sits on the party’s Board.

Jeremy grew up in a clergy household and while a chorister in Canterbury Cathedral was a pupil at St Edmund’s School, then run by one of the charity’s antecedent organisations, the Clergy Orphan Corporation. He became a governor of the charity in 2014 and a trustee in 2018 and sits on the Risk, Audit and Finance committee and well as the Governance Committee, which he chairs.

Stephen Hogg

Stephen Hogg

Stephen is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. His career was mainly as an Interim Manager in public sector and charitable organisations, supporting them in times of challenge and change. His other career was as a professional singer and it was through singing at the annual Festival with St Paul’s Cathedral Choir that he first became aware of the Clergy Support Trust.

Stephen retired in 2014 and since then has served on a number of committees and boards, including the Audit Committee of the Archbishops’ Council, the Finance and Audit Committees of the Diocese of Leeds and as Chairman of Trustees of a religious order. He is a member of General Synod. Stephen became a trustee of Clergy Support Trust in 2019 and chairs the charity's Risk, Audit & Finance Committee.

Alderman Robert Hughes-Penney

Robert has been an Investment Director at Rathbone Investment Management since 1999. He is currently deputy head of the London office and runs a business unit responsible for nearly £5bn of client funds. Robert directly runs portfolios of around £500m for a range of clients including family groups, trusts and charities.

His charity roles include being a member of the Court of Assistants of The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers and a Past Master of The Guild of Investment Managers. Robert was elected as an Alderman of the City of London in July 2018. Robert became a trustee of Clergy Support Trust in 2020.

Jackie Jordan

Jackie is a brand and communications specialist who has held a number of Board positions in global organisations, including Gillette and Mattel and she has worked as an independent brand consultant, most notably for Nationwide Building Society.

She is currently on the Executive Board of the National Trust where she is responsible for Brand, Marketing and Supporter Development. She is an active member of her local parish church and chairs her local parish council. Jackie became a trustee of Clergy Support Trust in 2018 and now chairs the charity's Grants & Partnerships Committee.

Wendy Kennedy

The Reverend Canon Wendy Kennedy

Wendy is currently Interim Director for Discipleship, Vocation and Ministry and for Parish Development and Evangelism in the Diocese of Guildford. Ordained in 2003, Wendy served in various diocesan and parish roles in the Diocese of Portsmouth from 2003 to 2018, serving the last eleven years as Diocesan Secretary.

Wendy joined the board of Clergy Support Trust in 2012 and currently serves on the Grants & Partnerships Committee.

Jonathan Prichard

After reading law and history at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, Jonathan worked for members of Parliament as a researcher and secretary, before moving to posts within charities and various voluntary organisations including Director of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation in 1988.

He was Diocesan Secretary for Chichester diocese from 1992 to 2009 and now has responsibility for supporting retired clergy, their spouses, and widows and widowers of clergy living within the diocese.

Jonathan is involved in a number of charities, voluntary organisations and housing associations as trustee, board director or volunteer. He joined Clergy Support Trust as a trustee in 2012 and serves on the Governance and Risk, Audit & Finance Committees.

Stephen Slack CBE

Stephen served for 18 years (2001-19) as Head of the Legal Office of the National Church Institutions of the Church of England and Chief Legal Advisor to the Archbishops’ Council and the General Synod. From 2009-19 he was also Official Solicitor to the Church Commissioners.

He previously (1984-2001) worked for the Charity Commission and before that trained as a solicitor in private practice, working with Linklaters and Osborne Clarke in Bristol.

Stephen's charity roles include trusteeships at the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust and the Overseas Bishoprics Fund. He joined Clergy Support Trust in 2020.

Patrick Walker

Patrick's career has been in the investment management industry with Morgan Grenfell, and both Deutsche and Aberdeen Asset Management.

He became a trustee of Clergy Support Trust in 2007 and sits on the Investment Committee (which he chairs) and the Risk, Audit & Finance Committee.

Our advisers

Dr Mayo Jolaoso

Non-trustee expert member, Grants & Partnerships Committee

Mayo is a practicing General Practitioner in Northamptonshire who joined our Grants & Partnerships Committee as a non-trustee expert member in October 2020. She is a member of her church PCC in Leicester, where she is the safeguarding lead. She sits on the Wellbeing and Return Working Group for Clergy and Lay Ministers in the Diocese of Leicester. She has a particular interest in Clergy mental health.

Bill Seddon

Non-trustee expert member, Investment Committee

Bill sits as a non-trustee expert member of our Investment Committee. He was Chief Executive of both the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church, the fund manager of the Methodist Church, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Epworth Investment Management, a specialist ethical fund manager. Under his leadership the CFB developed its reputation for aligning investment portfolios with the position of the Methodist Church on a variety of social justice issues.

In addition to his role on the Investment Committee, he is a trustee director of the Church of England Pensions Board, the Methodist Church Lay Employees Pension Scheme, the Northumbria Community Trust and the William Leech Foundation. He is also an elected member of General Synod and serves on the Archbishops’ Council Remuneration and Conditions of Service Committee.

Andrew Trotman

Education Adviser

Andrew Trotman graduated with an MA in English at Balliol College, Oxford where he also obtained a PGCE. He began his teaching career at Radley College, before moving to Abingdon School as a housemaster, to the Edinburgh Academy as Deputy Rector and to St Peter's School, York for nine years as Head Master. In 2011, he retired from St Edward's School, Oxford where he was Warden for seven years. He now runs a company helping to support and recruit leaders in education.

Andrew is governor of three schools in the maintained and independent sector and is deputy church warden in his home village in Warwickshire.

Christopher Trower

Christopher Trower

Medical Adviser

Dr Christopher Trower qualified at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London University in 1973. He became a General Practitioner in the Royal Air Force in 1976, starting in civilian practice in 1981. He became a GP Trainer in 1984. He was Medical Director in Buckinghamshire from 1992 to 1997. He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1999. He became a GP Appraiser in 2004 only finishing this role in February this year. He is currently Church Warden of St. Mary’s, Wendover.

Dr Christopher Trower became Medical Adviser to the Clergy Support Trust in 2019.

Our staff

Ben Cahill-Nicholls

Chief Executive Officer

Has overall responsibility, working with trustees, for the leadership and strategic direction of the charity.

Beth Cater

Grants Officer

Assists applicants to the charity and coordinates the processing of grant applications.

Julie Coma

Grants Officer

Assists applicants to the charity and coordinates the processing of grant applications.

Sarah Crombie

Director of Charitable Services

Joined Clergy Support Trust from Bank Workers Charity in February 2018 and oversees all aspects of the charity's charitable activity, including grant-making.

Kris Davidson

Director of Central Services

Kris is responsible for managing all central support functions of the charity. This includes all of the day-to-day management of finance, investment, IT, facilities, property and HR.

Nick Gazard

Marketing & Communications Officer

Updates the website, social media and other publicity while helping to improve the general communication.

Lauren Hart

Grants Officer

Assists applicants to the charity and coordinates the processing of grant applications.

Jane Pattullo

Senior Grants Officer

Assists applicants to the charity and helps coordinate the processing of all grant applications amongst the Grants Team. Also administrator of the Grant Management System.

Ian Stephenson

Grants Officer and IT lead

Assists applicants to the charity and coordinates the processing of grant applications. Also responsible for overseeing IT services.

Verley Summerfield

Administrator & Accounts Assistant

Ensures a friendly welcome to visitors and callers and helps ensure the smooth running of the office.