Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
Cardinal Nichols has been Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales since 2009. His Eminence was created a Cardinal by Pope Francis in 2014, and installed in 2015 as first Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham. As a patron for several Catholic charities including the Cardinal Hume Centre, The Passage, and the national body of Caritas Social Action Network, Cardinal Nichols is devoted to working for those on the margins of society.
Rt Rev Terence Drainey – Chair of Trustees
Bishop Drainey was a “fidei donum” priest in the Archdiocese of Kisumu in western Kenya, worked as a Parish Priest in Salford Diocese and served as Spiritual Director at the Royal English College in Spain. Appointed Seventh Bishop of Middlesbrough on 17 November 2007, Bishop Drainey was installed on 25 January 2008.
Sister Lynda Dearlove RSM MBE – Vice-Chair of Trustees
Sr Lynda Dearlove was born in Middlesbrough and studied at St. Mary’s FCJ Convent School before reading Microbiology at Kent University, followed by a second degree in Social Policy Administration at Lancaster University. Sr Lynda joined the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy and took her final vows in 1989. She has always been dedicated to serving women involved in street based prostitution and victims of trafficking, and managed the Dellow Day Centre in East London before founding women@thewell in 2006. As well as working as the Director of women@thewell, Sr Lynda is a trustee of the National Alliance of Women’s Organisations (NAWO), and through them links on behalf of the women of England with the European Women’s Lobby. She is an active member of WNC (Women’s National Commission) and has sat on their Violence Against Women Working Group, the International Advisory Group and Olympics Working Group. Sr Lynda was awarded an MBE in the 2011 New Years Honours List, in recognition of over 20 years’ work on behalf of vulnerable and disadvantaged women.
Rt Rev John Arnold
Bishop Arnold was born in Sheffield and studied at Ratcliffe College, Leicestershire, before reading Law at Trinity College, Oxford. He was called to the Bar in 1976, before beginning studies for the priesthood in Rome, initially for the Institute of Charity, and then for the Diocese of Westminster. He completed a doctorate in Canon Law at the Gregorian University. His first appointment was to Westminster Cathedral as Chaplain, then Sub-Administrator, from 1985-1993. He was Parish Priest in Enfield until 2011, when he became Vicar General and Chancellor for the Diocese. He was ordained auxiliary bishop in Westminster in 2006, and appointed Bishop of Salford in September 2014.
Rt Rev Tom Williams
The Right Reverend Tom Williams is an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Liverpool. Born in Liverpool in February 1948, Bishop Williams was ordained to the priesthood in May 1972, and ordained an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Liverpool on 27 May 2003. He is Chair of the Bishops’ Conference Healthcare Reference Group and is a member of the Department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship.
Maria is a financial services lawyer and has held senior roles at Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Barclays and various other major financial institutions. She has experience dealing with illegal immigration while being involved with the Jesuit Refugee Service. During that time she regularly visited detainees in Harmondsworth and Colnbrook centres. Maria is also involved in One of Us, an infancy UK cultural platform think tank to promote the value of human life. Maria is a native Spanish speaker.
Paolo Camoletto – Honorary Treasurer
Clare is a director in the London office of the international PR agency, Hill + Knowlton Strategies. She specialises in corporate communications and reputation management, working with some of the world’s biggest brands. She started her career in politics in Scotland, Westminster and Brussels. Clare has a history of volunteering, having worked as a residential youth worker in the Archdiocese of Birmingham at Soli House, Stratford-upon-Avon. She currently volunteers weekly at Shelter from the Storm in London, serving homeless guests. She studied politics at Edinburgh University.
Born and raised in South East London, Liz went to university in Sheffield and has lived in the North ever since. Now retired, she lives in Cumbria. Trained as a social worker, she worked in several agencies, mostly third sector, and lectured at Sheffield Polytechnic, now Sheffield Hallam University. In 1983 she moved to Liverpool to work for the Anglican Diocese, and in 1987 went to work for Catholic Social Services, now known as Nugent. She was on the senior management team with particular responsibility for training. She retired from social work in 1999 and went to work part-time for the Office for National Statistics. She has continued to be involved with Nugent, latterly as Chair of Trustees. She is a secondary school governor in Cumbria and freelances for BBC Radio Cumbria.
Richard Harries is Director of the Power to Change Research Institute. He was previously a senior civil servant and deputy director of the independent think tank Reform. He has extensive experience of public policy making, particularly in criminal justice, local government and the not-for-profit sector. Richard is a trustee of the Forces in Mind Trust, and on the Advisory Councils of Volunteering Matters and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. Richard has advised governments in Australia, Japan, Europe and the Middle East about various aspects of public service reform. He has published on a wide range of topics, including crime and criminal justice, deregulation, fiscal sustainability, philanthropy and social investment. Richard is a Visiting Senior Fellow at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.
Elizabeth is Chief Executive Officer of the St Vincent de Paul Society (England and Wales).
Ben Ryan is Head of Research at the Christian think tank Theos. He is the editor of Fortress Britain? Ethical Approaches to Immigration Policy for a Post–Brexit Britain (JKP 2018) and the author of Theos reports on chaplaincy, the EU, the Catholic charity sector, mental health and ecumenism. He holds degrees in European politics from the LSE and in Theology and Religious Studies from Cambridge and is a regular writer, speaker and media commentator.
Nicola Thomas is a Senior Civil Servant in the Home Office, currently leading on integration for refugees and safeguarding of vulnerable asylum seekers. In this role she is particularly proud of having led the team which created the Community Sponsorship Scheme for resettled refugees. Nicola has worked in a variety of interesting and challenging roles, including as Private Secretary to two Home Secretaries, and specialises in policy and strategy for operational delivery. Nicola currently works part-time in a job-sharing arrangement and is passionate about the benefits that job-sharing brings to individuals and organisations. In her spare time, she enjoys choral singing, especially in the English Cathedral tradition. She is active in her local Catholic parish.
Steven qualified as a Solicitor in 1985 and was a partner of Gepp & Sons in Chelmsford, until he left and became Chief Executive of the Anglican Diocese of Chelmsford. From 2011-16 he was Director of the Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society, caring for children in need across Essex and East London. He is Director of Development for the Diocese of Brentwood.
Carol Hill – Representative of CSAN Directors’ Forum (non-voting Board member)
Carol has been the Director of Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds) since 2012. She is a chartered accountant, and worked previously in senior positions at Deloitte, Consort Homes and Westward Care.
Dr Philip McCarthy, Chief Executive
Phil is a former family doctor and has held many leadership roles in the NHS, including clinical lead for the Bristol Homeless Health Service. He is a Master of Science in Global Ethics and has a strong interest in Catholic Social Teaching. In 2008 he walked alone from Canterbury to Rome, and in 2015 continued this journey on to Istanbul.
Clive Chapman, Senior Officer for Mission and Advocacy
Clive deepens engagement between public policy, lived experience of poverty, voluntary and professional charitable activities, and Catholic social thought.
Ged Edwards, Network Development Officer
Ged’s role is to support the development of the Network, assisting it to deepen, extend and strengthen its response to the Gospel and Pope Francis’ call for “the cry of the earth and cry of the poor” in solidarity within the Catholic Church. Ged’s background is in teaching, social work, environmental sustainability and working with CAFOD at a regional level. He is on secondment with us from CAFOD in Liverpool and will help the Network and CAFOD strengthen their ties as members of the Church in England and Wales.
Anna Geatrell, Projects Assistant
Anna works in an administrative capacity, supporting the work of the national team. She focuses particularly on membership data, event management support and communications. She studied Human Geography at university, and has a keen interest in faith-based social action.
Isabella George, Office Manager
Isabella has previously worked as an administrative assistant for Faraday Links and Services, and for the accounts department of Lewisham Borough Council. She holds a degree in Business Management from Greenwich University. Isabella is an active member of her local church community and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Sean Ryan MBE, Caritas National Co-ordinator for Community Sponsorship of Refugees
Sean is a former professional actor, musician and schools music provider and has worked with young offenders, adults with learning difficulties, the frail elderly and terminally ill. Sean still performs regularly, including as a trio with his two young children, and recently returned to his Ugandan birthplace to direct and perform with children in a Christian school. In 2018, Sean received an MBE for his pioneering work on refugee resettlement.
Elize Sakamoto, Officer for Caritas Education and Learning
Elize was appointed to this new role in June 2018 to advance the education, deepen the practice, and further the formation of CSAN members and others active in the field of Catholic social action in England and Wales. She has a varied international background in leadership development and programme management in the corporate, academic and not-for-profit sectors. Elize is a committed Quaker.