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

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 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

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.



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.


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. 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 assembles hopeful and credible public witness to, as Pope Francis describes, a ‘poor Church, for the poor’ in England and Wales. The work draws together voices from lived experience and charitable activities, Catholic social thought, and public policy analysis. Current priorities include developing Catholic responses on the ‘housing crisis’ and on care in an ageing society, a pilot with three other Catholic charities increasing parishes’ connections with older people, and mapping opportunities to extend the Catholic social tradition. He has held policy and strategic development roles in the voluntary and public sectors, and in higher education.

Anna Geatrell, Team Administrative 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.

Lucy Jordan, on work placement 2018/19

Lucy graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Edinburgh in July 2018. She is now placed with Caritas Social Action Network as part of the Faith in Politics internship scheme alongside studying for a part-time Masters in Catholic Social Teaching.

Sandra Lawman, Office Manager (maternity cover)

Sandra Lawman is a Fellow Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians, and has worked extensively in the voluntary, public and private sectors, with an MSC in Grantmaking Management from CASS Business School. She has been a Chair of Social Services in a Local Authority, and was also the Audit Chair of a large national charity. She is currently immersing herself in Catholic Social Teaching.

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.