Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster

vincentnicholsCardinal 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 Bishop Terence Drainey – Chair of Trustees

terrydraineyBishop 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

lyndadearloveSr 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 Organisation’s (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

johnarnoldBishop 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

tomwilliamsThe 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.




Paolo Camoletto – Honorary Treasurer


Clare Coffey

clare-coffey-iconClare 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.



Fiona Dick

fionadickFiona Dick is a retired Senior Civil Servant, whose Whitehall career covered a number of ministerial departments.  She is a communications and marketing specialist, with particular expertise in procurement and propriety issues.  She now works as a freelance consultant and trainer, and fundraiser for the Fountain Centre, a Guildford-based cancer charity.




Liz Dodds

lizdoddsBorn 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.


Elizabeth Palmer

Elizabeth is Chief Executive Officer of the St Vincent de Paul Society (England and Wales).


Ben Ryan

benryancropBen Ryan is a Researcher at the Christian think tank Theos, where he has worked since 2013. He is the author of a number of reports including Catholic Social Thought and Catholic Charities in Britain Today: Need and Opportunity (Theos 2016), A Very Modern Ministry: Chaplaincy in the UK (Theos 2015) and A Soul for the Union (Theos 2016). He is a regular writer, speaker and media commentator on issues including the Catholic charity sector, European religion and politics, the Catholic Church in Britain, chaplaincy and religion in Britain. He holds degrees in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge and in European Politics from the London School of Economics. His current research interests include work on the Christian funding sector, the place of religion in British universities and what ethical approaches to immigration policy might look like today.


Sarah Teather

sarahteatherSarah Teather takes a particular interest in housing and refugee issues and currently works at the Jesuit Refugee Service in East London. Sarah served as a Member of Parliament in inner London for 11 years. She served for two and a half years in the coalition government as Minister for Children and Families, where she was responsible for early years education, special educational needs, young carers and child poverty.


Steven Webb

stevenwebbSteven 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. In 2011 he took over as Director of The Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society, caring for children in need across Essex and East London. He also sits as a member of the Brentwood Diocese’s Commission for Justice and Social Responsibility.




Vacancy – Representative of CSAN Directors’ Forum (non-voting Board member)





[Left to right: Clive, Faith, Katie, Isabella, Porsha, Phil]


Dr Philip McCarthy, Chief Executive

Phil is a former family doctor and has held many leadership role 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.

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.

Porsha Nunes-Brown, Network and Communications Officer

Porsha graduated from Aston University with a degree in Management and Strategy. She studied MSc Integration Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill in Barbados.  Porsha completed internships at Macmillan Cancer Support and the United Nations Development Programme, and has taught overseas in Gambia, India and Morocco. In her spare time, Porsha enjoys reading and travelling.

Faith Anderson, Public Affairs Officer

After graduating from University College London with a degree in French and German, Faith worked for CSAN as part of the 2015/16 Catholic Bishops’ Conference internship scheme, before joining the team permanently in August 2016. In her spare time, Faith enjoys football, running and swimming, and played flanker for UCL Women’s Rugby throughout her time at university.

Katie Milne, Policy, Public Affairs and Communications Assistant

Katie graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in International History and Politics, and is working for CSAN as part of the 2016/17 Catholic Bishops’ Conference internship scheme.  In her spare time Katherine enjoys cooking, reading and exploring London.

Clive Chapman, Senior Policy and Projects Officer

Clive convenes our resourcefulness – rooted in Catholic faith and the experience of the Network – to advance charitable work and to inform public policy for the people we serve.  Current projects include a pilot programme to improve access to social opportunities for older people in 16 communities of England and Wales.  Clive’s professional interests include building social capital in our rapidly changing neighbourhoods, and the roles of place shaping and housing in improving quality of life for all.  He has held policy and strategic development roles in the voluntary and public sectors, and in higher education.