Our staff

The Reverend Ben Cahill-Nicholls

Chief Executive Officer

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

Ben joined the Trust in October 2020. He began his career as a civil servant, and then held senior roles in education and corporate philanthropy. Ordained deacon in 2021, he serves as a non-stipendiary minister and church school governor in the Diocese of Guildford; he is also founder and chair of RicNic, a youth arts charity. Ben lives with his wife, son, and two cats in Surrey.

Catherine Cashmore

Head of External Relations

Leads our engagement with national Churches, Dioceses and other partners. Also has oversight of the Trust’s growing involvement in research, thought leadership and advocacy.

Catherine joined the Trust in June 2021. A former senior journalist with the BBC and Sky News, she has served as Director of Communications for the Diocese of Hereford, worked for the Church of England’s central Church House media team, and as Media Manager for The Salvation Army. She lives with her clergy husband, son, two cats and two dogs in Middlesex.

Beth Cater

Grants & Services Officer

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

Julie Coma

Grants & Services Officer

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

Sarah Crombie

Director of Charitable Services

Sarah is responsible for all aspects of the Trust’s charitable activity, including grant-making, partnerships and support services.

Sarah joined Clergy Support Trust in February 2018 from Bank Workers Charity (an occupational benevolent fund) where she was Director of Client Services. Sarah’s 20 years’ experience within the charity sector includes roles with the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, the British Heart Foundation and the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. Sarah has been a trustee of the grant-making umbrella body, the Association of Charitable Organisations.

Deana Curtis

Grants & Services Officer

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

Deana has been a caseworker in the charity sector for nearly eight years, providing grants, advice and support, most recently with the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. Prior to that she worked alongside Adult Social Care teams in Local Authorities giving welfare advice and assistance.

Tonya Goldring

Head of Finance and Operations

Tonya 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 Manager

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

Nick joined the Trust in July 2018. Previously he ran a design agency for 20 years that focused on supporting churches and charities. He lives with his wife, three children and two cats in London.

Joanna Micklethwaite

Data & Service Development Manager

Joanna has responsibility for data analysis ensuring services can be responsively developed, based on the needs of beneficiaries.

With a wide background in both the public and private sector, Joanna is a champion for improving the user experience, whoever they may be. She lives on the East Yorkshire coast with her husband, two daughters and a Labrador.

Jane Pattullo

Senior Grants & Services 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 & Services Officer and IT lead

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

Lee Walker

Finance & Operations Officer

Lee supports the Head of Finance and Operations with the central support functions including the finance, IT and HR.

Lee and his wife and four children have a family run Taekwondo Academy in the Southeast, they teach Taekwondo to their wider community encouraging youngsters to have confidence and self-belief. Lee also volunteers his admin skills at a charity helping the elderly community in Bexley, Dartford, and surrounding areas.