The central and administrative work of the diocese is managed and coordinated by our central teams, with each team responsible for a particular area.
Some teams provide services direct to our diocesan community – our people, parishes, schools and colleges – others are involved in support services which deliver effective day-to-day operations.
Mr Paul Evans
Paul Evans was appointed as the Diocesan Secretary of the Diocese of Ely in January 2014. Having begun his church life as a cathedral chorister, Paul has had a distinguished public service career in the Royal Navy, British intelligence, HM Customs and Excise, and latterly as an Executive Director of the Serious Organised Crime Agency. Paul retired from public service in 2011 after some 38 years.
Mrs Sheena Bridgman
Office Manager and Personal Assistant to the Diocesan Secretary
Sheena brings a wealth of management, business and office experience to Ely after eight years working for Jesus College, Cambridge, as Graduate Secretary.
Before her popular appointment at Jesus College, she owned and ran three scuba diving companies, electing to return to full time employment just before the financial crisis in 2008.
In her spare time, Sheena enjoys spending time with her family, Pilates and has a growing interest in de-cluttering and making natural cosmetics and soap from scratch (!)
Mrs Jackie Cox
Jackie has been with the Diocesan Office for an impressive 28 years. For twenty-three years she worked on Reception, however for the last five years she has been working in the Communications and Safeguarding Department, helping to collate information onto the database to be used by various departments. This information is also used to create the Directory. As well as this, Jackie assists with the compilation of the Prayer Calendar, and deals with the Statistics for Mission and Return of Parish Finance.
The Revd Canon Peter Wood
Diretor of Mission
Rev. Peter Wood is the Director of Mission. Peter, a member of the Bishop's staff, leads the team. This means overseeing the work of Local and World Mission, Children and Youth, and of Social Justice. Peter, an ordained Church of Scotland minister worked for twelve years as the Ecumenical Minister in the new town of Cambourne. In the 1990s he was a CMS Mission Partner at ISThA, the Provincial Theological College in Bunia, North Eastern Congo.
Peter is married to Emma and they have three children. He enjoys cycling, malt whisky, listening to Shooglenifty, and supports Aberdeen FC.
Mrs Rachael Heffer
Mission Youth Adviser
As the Youth Adviser, Rachael seeks to support, train, resource, and encourage those engaging with 11-18s in their local church, schools, and communities, and encourage missional events or initiatives for young people to directly engage with around the diocese.
Rachael worked for local and national Youth for Christ (YFC) for 13 years, most latterly as part of the National Leadership team, and during that time was responsible for the YFC's Strategy, developing resources for Evangelism, YFC's Coaching training, and input into key youth partnerships and resourcing networks.
Rachael is passionate about discipling and mentoring young people, equipping young leaders, and seeing the whole church encouraged to engage with young people on their doorstep. She helps oversee the youthwork in her Church in Ely, and leads an annual Girl's Day-conference called SHINE. Rachael is married to Darren, has two young sons, and loves travel, running, time with her boys, and coffee-dates with friends!
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Mrs Debbie Hill
As Children's Adviser, Debbie's role is to provide advice and deliver training, resources and to keep those working with children in the churches and schools informed about new initiatives and ideas. She is also the Messy Church Regional Coordinator for Cambridgeshire which means she offers support to registered Messy Churches and is always looking for new groups to join the network.
Debbie is a trained teacher and taught in three primary schools over a 10-year period. Together with her husband and three children, Debbie planted and co-led two Church of England churches in Oxford Diocese, where she had a particular responsibility for children and young people. She is now part of the leadership team for a new church plant, Christchurch in North Ely. When she is not working she enjoys Jazzercise, Gospel Choir, trips to the cinema and lots of cups of coffee with friends at a well-known coffee shop!
The Revd Ed Olsworth-Peter
Fresh Expression of Church and Young Adults Adviser
Rev Ed Olsworth- Peter has been ordained for over 10 years and was a curate in Guildford, co-led a fresh expression of Church in central London, and was an incumbent of 2 churches in South East London. He has a love of film, TV and art, is a musician and a writer and was chaplain of two of London's West End theatres with Theatre Chaplaincy UK.
Ed's role is to support and encourage new fresh expressions of Church and also to help all churches across the diocese engage well with those in their 20s and 30s. He is interested in the relationship between the sacred and the secular and excited to see how new worshipping communities can connect with 21st century life.
Mrs Gina Mead
Gina joined the department in November 2015 as Mission Administrator supporting Peter and the rest of the team with diary and meeting management and general admin. Previously, she was a Commercial Property Manager for Carter Jonas. The bulk of Gina's career up to that point had been chiefly in Human Resources.
She lives in Little Downham worshipping at St Leonard's. Although Gina lives in an ‘empty nest' as her son and daughter have flown, she does have three friendly chickens. In her spare time she loves to be in her garden, walk across the fens, paint and sing in a local choir.
The Revd Canon Linda Church
Mrs Jennie Woolston
Ministry Department Administrator
Mrs Sarah Hewitt
Accounts Assistant and Parish Gift Aid Support Officer
Mrs Ming Wisbey
Staff - Finance Assistant
Ms Rebecca Boswell
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.
Rebecca is the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser. Her role is to manage all casework in relation to safeguarding children and adults at risk of harm in the Diocese.
Mrs Stella Green
Mr Jon Green
Staff - Glebe and Investments Officer
Mrs Becky Fanning
Parish Giving Support Officer & Records Officer
Becky is the Parish Giving Support Officer & Records Officer for the Diocese.
In addition to her responsibilities as Parish Giving Offiver, her role includes; building and populating an electronic filing system, documenting and preserving all Diocesan Office documents, keeping accurate records of where all Diocesan documents are located and adding to external collections.
Her main hobby is historical research and she is especially interested in Richard III and his father Richard, 3rd Duke of York (1411-1460).
Becky enjoyed working as the non-fiction librarian for the Richard III Society for over eight years and as an Officer for nearly twenty years. She also loves medieval cooking and social history.
Mr Andrew Read
Ms Julie Robinson-Judd
Julie joined the Ely Diocese Education team in January 2015, having previously worked in Local Government, private practice (single and multi-disciplinary), and another Christian denomination, over a period of 37 years. Julie is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, and became a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1989. She has wide ranging experience in both management and property.
Dr Shirley Hall
Assistant Director for Christian Standards on the Diocesan Education Team
Dr Shirley Hall is Assistant Director for Christian Standards on the Diocesan Education Team. Her role involves working with school staff, governors and children on Religious Education, collective worship and church school ethos, including supporting SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools). She organises large scale events at Ely Cathedral every October for over 2400 children and is also a keen supporter of the Cambridgeshire Ecumenical Council's link with the Diocese of Vellore in South India. In her "free" time Shirley will probably be working on family or local history, and on a Sunday you can find her in the congregation at the Cathedral.
Ms Katharine Pike
DEMAT Administrator - assisting Joanne Patterson, the Academies Business Manager. I worked previously for the Methwold Cluster of Schools (four of whom are with DEMAT) as Cluster Co-ordinator and previously to that for both the Huntingdon Schools Network and the Wisbech Schools in the same role so I have worked with schools in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire in the co-ordinating role for 15 years.
Mrs Susan Baker
Diocesan President of the Mothers' Union
Susan Baker Diocesan President of the Mothers' Union
I am an elected volunteer and I work in the Mothers' Union office on Thursdays. I aim to support, enthuse and encourage our nearly 1000 members across the diocese in reaching out to families in their communities. The Mothers' Union strap line is Christian Care for Families and it supports people of all faiths and none across the world, promoting the importance of marriage, supporting families and nurturing faith. I tried to live out this vision through my working life as a head teacher and then in retirement through the Mothers' Union training in running community parenting groups and working in prison and now as president. In my home life too I have been blessed with a husband, children and grand children too!
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