Lesley Perry, our Honorary Assistant Priest, currently manages the services and attends the church’s main decision-making body, the elected Parish Church Council.
Parish Church Council
The Parish Church Council is the main decision making body for St Philip’s. It meets around five times a year. The Council’s Standing Committee also meets around five times a year and acts as a kind of leadership team, taking a strategic look at the major issues facing the church, preparing ahead of Church Council meetings and following up after them.
Standing Committee members are:
- Lesley Perry
- Peter Burney
- Anne Steele
- Rupert Steele
- Barnabas Palfrey
- Swenja Surminski
- Gill Parker
Our Church Managers, Laura Sylvester and Sally Bessada, help ensure the church runs smoothly, running the lettings and other administrative work.
Sean Hanford, our caretaker, helps keep the building clean and tidy.
The church depends on the growing number of volunteers who give their time to the church, and we have a growing lay leadership taking responsibility for whole areas of the church’s life.
See Volunteering for more information.
Our Treasurer, Rupert Steele, oversees St. Philip’s expenditure and ensures we have sufficient money to carry out our aims and objectives.
Rupert also provides clear audit trails to our auditor, Roger Sutton & Co., and presents our annual accounts at the Annual General Meeting.
The Church Wardens – Peter Burney and Anne Steele – identify issues, such as church security and building maintenance, and ensure proper procedures are in place and that the general condition of the church is good.