College of Canons

The College of Canons is composed of  Honorary, Lay and Ecumenical Canons appointed by the Bishop as well as a Canon Theologian and Residentiary Canons, and it supports the life of the Cathedral in many different ways. Canons are ambassadors for the Cathedral they serve.

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Andy Bowerman

President – The Very Revd Andy Bowerman

Andy has been married to Ali for more than 30 years, has 4 children and 1 grandson – he considers these his greatest achievements, along with the 20 foster children who have passed through the family. He holds post-graduate qualifications in social work, elite sports chaplaincy and intercultural coaching. During the mid 90’s he and Ali lived in Pakistan supporting refugees and those vulnerable to HIV/AIDS while quietly supporting house churches. On return he became a Director with a national disability charity before training to for the priesthood, being ordained in Bradford Cathedral in 2002.

Since then he has started a church in a café/restaurant where he was also the chef, explored creative ways of helping people engage with struggles in life, opened a young peoples community hub & ice cream parlour and led churches in Yorkshire, Dorset and Somerset. He spent 4 years working for the Anglican Communion leading the focus on poverty and justice issues. He was Chaplain at Bradford City FC for 5 seasons following this with 11 seasons at Southampton FC. From 2018 he was based in Dubai working with the Mission to Seafarers. Serving across the Middle East and South Asia, focusing on developing a culturally agile mission centred team on 3 continents. Andy & Ali love to see people of all backgrounds flourish.

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Vacant: Bishop of Huddersfield

Honorary Canons

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The Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley
(Ripon Episcopal Area)

More information coming soon

Toby Haworth

The Rt Revd Toby Howarth
(Bradford Episcopal Area)

Toby Howarth was born in Kenya, grew up in London and studied Philosophy at Yale University. He worked as a research assistant before becoming a postman in the East End of London.

After ordination training in Oxford, Birmingham and Uganda, combining Christian theology with Islamic Studies, he moved to India with his family where he did research in Islamic preaching for a PhD from the Free University of Amsterdam.

Returning to Europe, Toby worked in Rotterdam and taught in Birmingham before becoming vicar in a majority Muslim parish there while serving as the bishop’s adviser for interfaith relations. In 2011 he became Interreligious Affairs Secretary to the Archbishop of Canterbury. He was consecrated Bishop of Bradford in York Minster in 2014.

His wife Henriette, is also ordained and they have 3 adult daughters.  Toby enjoys walking, running and bird-watching

Tony Robinson

The Rt Revd Tony Robinson
(Wakefield Episcopal Area)

Tony Robinson moved to West Yorkshire in 1997 to be Archdeacon of Pontefract. He was consecrated Bishop of Pontefract in 2002. In his curacy in Tottenham he experienced the diversity of contemporary urban Britain, and some of the tensions that can be generated in in places that feel abandoned and neglected.

The other parishes and Dioceses that Tony has served in during his ministry have also been urban, multi-ethnic and multi-faith; as well as sustaining the Church community, there has always been the challenge of engaging with all the different communities in an area to develop understanding and work towards a more cohesive common life.

In West Yorkshire, Tony’s work has been continued his commitment to interfaith issues and community cohesion, to develop knowledge, understanding and his determination to create opportunities for the different faith communities to work together in the area.

Sharing food has been a key element in bringing together people from different cultures, and Tony has enjoyed the variety of cuisines that he has sampled. He also enjoys cooking, music and the theatre. Through work he has also learned to enjoy travel, visiting Pakistan, India and
Tanzania in recent years.

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The Rt Revd Arun Arora
(Bishop of Kirkstall)

More information coming soon

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The Ven Paul Ayers
(Archdeacon of Leeds)

The Venerable Paul Ayres has strong Bradford connections. Born and brought up in Little Horton, he attended Bradford Grammar School before university in Oxford and training for ministry in Bristol. He served as curate of Clayton and Keighley, was Vicar of Wrose and then of Pudsey, before being made Archdeacon of Leeds in February 2017. His first memory of the Cathedral is attending the annual school Founder’s Day Service, complete with rousing rendition of Stanford’s Te Deum by all the assembled boys. He is delighted that he now knows and serves the One to whom that great hymn of praise is addressed.

Bill Braviner

The Ven Bill Braviner
(Archdeacon of Halifax)

Bill is Archdeacon of Halifax. Previously he has been a parish priest in various places from Tyneside to Truro, and before ordination qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in Manchester. He is married to Angela and they have two grown-up sons. Both Bill’s and Angela’s families have Yorkshire roots, so they feel very much at home in God’s own county!

Bill says ‘it is a particular joy to be part of the life of our Cathedrals; Bradford is a special place and holds wonderful memories, old and new, for us both. We look forward to making many more as we journey together!’

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The Ven Jonathan Gough
(Archdeacon of Richmond & Craven)

Jonathan grew up in rural Devon and trained for ordination at Lampeter and Oxford. He was a curate in North Devon and in Gloucester, before joining the Royal Army Chaplains Department in 1989.

He served as an Army chaplain in garrisons and training units in the UK and in Germany, and deployed with soldiers on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo.

His service included tours of duty as Senior Chaplain to Catterick Garrison, and to the Army Foundation College, Harrogate.

In 2001 he left the Regular Army to become Ecumenical Secretary to the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace, working for both Dr George Carey and Dr Rowan Williams.

In 2005 he returned to regular military service, deploying to Iraq, and later to Afghanistan as the Senior Chaplain to the British Forces. He returned to northern England as the regional senior chaplain for Yorkshire and the North East from 2011-14 and served as the Assistant Chaplain General to the British Army until his appointment as Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven in this diocese earlier this year. He was appointed an Honorary Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral, Nicosia, Cyprus in 2006.

Andy Jolley

The Ven Dr Andy Jolley
(Archdeacon of Bradford)

Andy has been Archdeacon of Bradford since January 2016. Before that he was a Vicar and Area Dean in Aston in the Diocese of Birmingham. He has an MBA from Warwick Business School and a PhD focussed on how Christians relate their faith to work. Pre-ordination he worked as a Management Consultant with Coopers & Lybrand and a Chartered Mechanical Engineer in the motor industry with Ford. Andy is married to Ricky, who is a GP. They have two adult children: Beth and Matt. Andy enjoys getting fresh air – especially by cycling, walking or skiing – watching films and sports, and relaxing meals with friends.

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The Ven Peter Townley
(Archdeacon of Pontefract)

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Residentiary Canons

Residentiary Canons are resident on the site of Bradford Cathedral.

The Revd Canon Mandy Coutts

Canon Mandy Coutts – Residentiary Canon

Canon Mandy is the longest serving member of chapter, having been with us for 7 years.

Mandy is a member of Chapter due to her role as a residentiary canon- “I bring the perspective of the life of the congregation, mission and outreach as well as safeguarding elements… I particularly bring the safeguarding. I also tend to keep an eye on the eco and environmental side because we are an eco cathedral.”

Mandy has a background in both education and industry at management level in both and brings experience from both those worlds to her responsibilities in Chapter.

“I have responsibility for the education team so I also bring that perspective to the table. As members of Chapter we hold the strategic focus for the cathedral both currently and for the future to maintain good financial governance, managing our resources and safegaurding”

Mandy is married to Richard, who is a vicar in neighbouring parish. They have two adult children, a dog and three cats. Mandy is also an amateur artist and folk singer

The Revd Canon Paul Maybury

Canon Paul Maybury – Residentiary Canon

Canon Paul is married to Sarah and has three adult children and three grandchildren. He has worked for the Church of England since 1984: Ten years as a Lay person and Twenty-six years ordained. During this time Paul enjoyed fruitful parish ministry with significant community engagement; building renovations; not-for-profit business development; diocesan prayer and spirituality leadership; church-planting; area dean responsibilities and was made a Honorary Canon of Wakefield Cathedral.

Paul has been Canon Precentor at Bradford Cathedral for five years. This role involves oversight of the Music Team and the Vergers team, both staff and volunteers alongside shared clergy responsibilities for leadership within the Cathedral community.

As a member of Chapter Paul brings his experience of mission, project management, business development and vision casting with a pragmatic and prayerful focus.

Lay Canons

Lay Canons are Canons that are not members of the clergy.

Sharron Arnold

Mrs Sharron Arnold

Term expires 2022

Born in Kent, brought up in the Channel Islands and now living in Bingley, West Yorkshire.

Sharron is qualified as a Chartered Accountant and spent her career in both practice and industry.  Sharon was previously Chair of the Bradford Diocesan Board of Finance and is currently Chair of Governors for Bradford Forster Academy, a church school in inner city Bradford.  She was appointed Bishop’s Representative on Chapter at the same time as she was made a Lay Canon of Bradford Cathedral.

Sharron and husband Richard worship at The Eldwick Church, a local ecumenical partnership established with the Methodist chapel in Eldwick 10 years ago.

“It is a great privilege to be a member of Chapter, bringing my finance skills to the table but also offering an independent view in meetings.  One positive outcome from Covid was that I joined the clergy and others in the congregation on a regular basis for Evening Prayer via Zoom.  This has now become an integral part of each day.
When not busy in meetings I enjoy cooking and after a lapse of many years am now trying to get to grips with knitting again.”

Cal Bailey

Mr Cal Bailey

Term expires 2027

Cal was born in Menston and lives in Horsforth, worshipping at St James Woodside.

Working for the family business NG Bailey, he started the Offsite Manufacturing Division at a factory in Low Moor, Bradford which has since moved to Oakenshaw beside the M606.

Responding to challenges for businesses to behave responsibly, Cal led the firm’s strategy to de-carbonise and help clients to do the same, working with Morrisons, Landsec and others.

Cal is a Reader, a role he enjoys as much due to the challenge it presents to Monday-Friday as the opportunities on Sunday.

John Chuter

Mr John Chuter OBE, BSc, MSc, MA, CEng, FIEE

Term expires 2022

John spent 34 years in the British Army as a Royal Electrical; Mechanical
Engineer serving with airborne forces as well as armoured and artillery
units. He spent many years overseas most notably in Germany, France,
Cyprus and the USA. His final appointment was as a brigadier on the
Quartermaster General’s staff. In retirement John settled near Keighley.
He chaired the Bradford District Care Trust, the Bradford; Airedale
Primary Care Trust and also sat on the General Osteopathic Council. He is
a member of the College of Cannons and the Cathedral Council. John is
married to Barbara and they have three sons.

A photo of Roland Clark from the Bradford Cathedral College of Canons

Mr Roland Clark

Term expires September 2023

Roland is pleased to be a Canon of the Cathedral. While his first involvement was as a result of being in business in Bradford he was for some time on Chapter and is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee. But more important is the commitment to pray for the Cathedral and for the City of Bradford and to acknowledge that Christ is the one who is in charge of it all!

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Baroness Margaret Eaton DBE DL

Term expires October 2022

Kersten England

Ms Kersten England

Term expires December 2022

Kersten has been Chief Executive of Bradford Council since 2015. Kersten’s main priority is to deliver sustainable and inclusive growth. Bradford District has the youngest population in the UK and is also one of the most diverse, globally connected and entrepreneurial.

Kersten chairs the Yorkshire and Humber Chief Executive’s Board, the Serious and Organised Crime Strategic Partnership for West Yorkshire, the Bradford and Tower Hamlets ‘Act Early’ Partnership, is the lead Chief Executive for the Yorkshire Leaders Board and an advisor to the Resolution Foundation. She leads on innovation, business growth and the digital agenda within the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Kersten is a trustee of the Young Foundation whose mission is to develop better connected and more sustainable communities across the UK.

She is also a member of the Council of the University of Bradford, a member of the advisory board of the Bradford Literature Festival and a lay canon of Bradford Cathedral.

Kersten’s career has included work in the higher education, central government (as Director of Local Government for Yorkshire and the Humber) and the voluntary sector as well as 30 years in local government. She was previously Chief Executive of the City of York for six years. She is passionate about building resilient and confident communities, supporting local democracy and sustainable urban growth.

Despite her Edinburgh accent she regards herself as a bona fide Bradfordian and Yorkshire woman, having lived and worked in Yorkshire for most of her adult life and bringing her children up in the great city of Bradford.

Kersten was made a CBE in the 2020 new year’s honours list for her services to the communities and economy of Bradford.

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Mrs Zahida Mallard

Term expires September 2023

Alex McLelland

Mr Alex McLelland

Term expires October 2022

I am an “offcumden” from across the Pennines being born in Liverpool in a place called “Knotty Ash”. Vera, my wife and I, came to Bradford in 1963 when I was moved here with my then job as an engineer with Metal Box Co Ltd in Shipley.

Vera, who died in 2014, and I have three children, now all grown up and married, Phillip, Joanne and Neil, and we have six grandchildren to keep me busy when I have nothing to do!!

In the early 80s I left Metal Box and took up the post of Assistant Secretary in the Bradford Diocese where I worked for 23 years until I retired, I have been a member of the Cathedral congregation since 1964 when I offered to help with The Boys’ Brigade company where I was a leader for 35 years. Over the years I have helped with Sunday School and been involved with a number of committees, I was for 16 years church warden, in two terms, and I am currently a member of the Finance Committee and Council. My main concerns at the moment are with the healing ministry and pastoral issues.

In addition to my involvement at the Cathedral I have been and still am trustee of several charitable bodies and I am a member of Shipley Rotary Club.

Derek Twine

Mr Derek Twine CBE FRSA

Term expires December 2022

Derek is Chair of Council at Bradford Cathedral, and a Secretary of State Appointed Member of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. Following retirement as a charity CEO in national and international youthwork, Derek has served as Vice-Chair of the Church Urban Fund and on the National Council of the National Trust. He has been a Non-Executive Director of several commercial companies, and he chaired the 2013 Commission on Governance of National Voluntary Organisations. Derek and his wife live in Burley-in-Wharfedale, and they especially enjoy spending time walking on the moors and in the dales with their grandchildren.

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Mr Chris Wontner-Smith

Term expires October 2022

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Mrs Gaby Young

Term expires September 2023

Honorary Canons

John Bavington

The Revd Canon John Bavington
(King Alfred)

I grew up in Pakistan, arriving in the UK in 1985. I began ministry in 1991 as a youth worker, trained for ordination at Trinity College Bristol, and served a curacy in London. I moved “up north” in 2002 to St Clement’s, Barkerend Rd. From there the Lord led us to a chaplaincy at Giggleswick School, and a role with Settle Churches Together. For the last four years I have served as vicar of St John’s Great Horton. I’m married to Jeanie, I love living in Bradford, a fan of Crystal Palace FC, and love playing sport.

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The Revd Canon Kathia Shoesmith
(Queen Ethelburga)

I was ordained at Wakefield Cathedral and served my curacy in the Benefice of Ripponden with Rishworth and Barkisland with West Scammonden. I am Incumbent of St John, Bradshaw and St Andrew, Holmfield, and Priest-in-Charge of St Thomas, Claremount. I am also currently serving as Area Dean of Halifax and Joint Area Dean of Calder Valley. Prior to ordination I was a Psychiatric Nurse Therapist and I continue to have an interest in mental health and inner healing. I am the proud mum of 4 children and granny of 2 beautiful grand-daughters. I feel honoured and look forward to representing and being part of Bradford Cathedral.

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The Revd Canon Robin Gamble
(St Chad)

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The Revd Canon Philip Gray

Canon Philip Gray – Assistant Canon Precentor

Canon Philip has been our Acting Canon Precentor since August, and as one of the Residentiary Canons is a member of Chapter. Philip will be serving with us at the Cathedral, and therefore a member of Chapter, as we go through the process of recruiting a new Dean. He is supporting the ministry of the Cathedral during this time of transition, and will leave us when the new Dean is appointed.

Philip said “I have served in parishes for the last 28 years except for six years as a Bishop’s Chaplain. I hope, therefore, to bring plenty of experience, as well as the perspective of the reality of parish life, and therefore the particular contribution that the Cathedral can make to the wider life of the church and community.”

Philip is working at the Cathedral for half of each week. His family home is in Nidderdale with his wife Sue, who is a Counsellor and Psychotherapist. They have two adult children, Anthony who is Director of Music at St Wilfrid’s, Harrogate, and Rebecca, who has recently finished at Durham University with a degree in psychology.

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The Revd Canon Jimmy Hinton
(St Edwin)

Bradford – a place where I was schooled, played out, was brought up, taught, worked, cycle, have loved, made friends, drank and eaten (often curry), danced, laughed, worshipped and was ordained. I have also sojourned in Coventry (undergraduate), Leeds (post graduate), Kenya (in between), Hertfordshire (mission education and finding a wife!), Nottingham (‘theology’) and, for 9 years, Zimbabwe (mission partner and teacher – returning with 3 children). Currently getting messy in Bankfoot and West Bowling where I have been since finishing curacy 12 years ago (and will probably stay ‘til it kills me!) I love my family, my bike, maths, Jesus and Bradford – of course.

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The Revd Canon Gary Hodgson
(St Paulinus)

More information coming soon

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The Revd Canon Andi Hofbauer
(St Hilda)

‘Born and brought up in Germany, Andi came to the UK in 1998 to work for the Mersey Mission to Seafarers in Liverpool for a year….and the rest, as they say, is history. Before following her call to Inner City ministry at St Aidan’s, Harehills in Leeds in 2015, Andi served in the Diocese of Exeter as Curate, University Chaplain and in Reader and Ordinand training, and then as Canon Precentor of Wakefield Cathedral. Andi is passionate about sailing, especially on the Sea Cadet Corps’ TS Royalist, enjoys music, reading and martial arts training, and walking Airedale Rufus.

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The Revd Canon Mark Poulson
(St Columba)

National Adviser for Inter Religious Relations for last three years. Married to Anna who is also ordained, we have three children aged between 5 and 12: Oscar, Esther and Clement. Have lived in Southall in West London for 15 years, 11 as Vicar. Interested in multi ethnic church growth, regeneration, current affairs, popular culture, football, education, film and literature. Formerly a secondary school English teacher in Smethwick and West Bromwich in the West Midlands. Committed to Fresh Expressions of Church in urban contexts and creative kingdom thinking.

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The Revd Canon Lizzy Woolf
(St Aidan)

Lizzy Woolf has been Rector of St George’s Leeds for just over 2 years. She started working life as a city solicitor in London, and was ordained in 2006. St George’s is designated as a Resource Church, which affirms their city-wide vision and ministry, and challenges them to give away resources in order to bless the city. Lizzy is enjoying working in partnership with the diocese and many different churches across Leeds and Bradford, sending out teams to enable ministry and mission in a variety of contexts.

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The Revd Canon Andrew Tawn
(St John of Beverley)

The Revd Andrew Tawn was ordained in 1989 having previously worked as a secondary school teacher. His curacy in Liverpool and first parish in Oxfordshire were both large council estates. He moved back to Yorkshire in 1998 – his wife, Helen, comes from Rawdon though they actually met one another other in Taizé. For fourteen years he was rector of Addingham, during which time he was also Warden of Readers and IME officer (curate training) for the historic Bradford diocese. He is currently Director of Ministry for Ripon and Leeds and looking forward to having a role in shaping ministry and training across the new diocese. Andrew and Helen have two teenage daughters, Rosemary and Lucy. His interests include singing in a chamber choir, long distance walking, bellringing, and he used to keep pigs.

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The Revd Canon Phil Stone
(St Oswald)

Phil and Di came to Scargill from London in 2010 to re-establish a community with a ministry centred around a generous hospitality. The resurrected Scargill has been an adventure where God’s loving presence has been experienced by community and guests. Phil is a Londoner where he was a vicar for 22 years in two inner-city parishes in Hackney and Harlesden as well as being the Area Dean of Brent. Phil and Di have four grown up children and are blessed with five grandchildren. He enjoys walking, reading, films, people and the challenge of being a Spurs fan.

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The Revd Canon Mike Cansdale
(King Edward)

I am Team Rector of the Parish of Keighley, an innovative team ministry formed in 2016 to bring together four urban parishes and create a united response to the needs of the town. Mike studied at Cranmer Hall, Durham and was ordained at Bradford Cathedral in 2006. All of his ministry has been in the wider Keighley district, serving his Curacy in Silsden before becoming Vicar of Morton and Riddlesden. He is married to Elspeth and they have four children, Anna, Zac, Josh and Esther. Days off are spent out and about in the Dales or catching up with friends.

Vacant (St. Sitha) – not being filled. Also vacant St Oswin, the Venerable Bede and St Wilfrid

Canon Theologian

Ben Quash

The Revd Canon Professor Ben Quash
(St William of York)

Term expires October 2022

Ben Quash is non-residentiary Canon Theologian of Bradford Cathedral, as well as Professor of Christianity and the Arts at King’s College London—a post he has occupied since 2007. Prior to that, he was a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College and then of Peterhouse, Cambridge, and lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Cambridge.

He is fascinated by how the arts can renew people’s engagement with the Bible and Christian tradition, and is directing a major 7-year project to create an onlineVisual Commentary on Scripture. He runs an MA in Christianity and the Arts in association with the National Gallery, London, and broadcasts frequently on BBC radio.

He is a Trustee of Art and Christianity Enquiry, and also Canon Theologian of Coventry. His publications include Abiding: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2013 (Bloomsbury, 2012) and Found Theology: History, Imagination and the Holy Spirit (T&T Clark, 2014).

Ben loves Yorkshire, having grown up visiting grandparents here. As someone with a long track record of working in the area of interfaith relationships, he has a strong interest in Bradford’s diverse civic Life. The city has a huge amount to offer by its pioneering example, and Ben has been proud to be a speaker at the Bradford literature festival. He preaches at the cathedral from time to time, and gives talks to the congregation and to the clergy of the wider diocese at regular intervals. These have often related theology to the arts, encouraging both cathedral and diocese in forms of ministry that use the arts to help people explore the Christian faith and the world around them, whether they are regular churchgoers or not.

Ecumenical Canons

Ecumenical Canons are non-Anglican Canons

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Professor Udy Archibong MBE

Term expires December 2025

Professor Uduak Archibong MBE is Professor of Diversity at the University of Bradford, where she directs the Centre for Inclusion and Diversity and provides strategic oversight for equality and diversity across the institution. Udy was awarded the MBE in the 2015 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for her services to higher education and equality. She is Visiting Professor at several international universities, a Fellow of the West African College of Nursing and a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing. She is a member of the Chartered Management Institute. Udy is recognised as an international thought leader in inclusion and diversity. Much of her work has focused on inclusive workplaces, representative diversity and diversity-competent leadership in public, private and third sector organisations.

Graham Ensor

The Revd Graham Ensor (Baptist)

Term expires December 2025

Revd Graham Ensor is the Regional Team Leader of the Yorkshire Baptist Association. He leads a staff team who together offer support and vision for a large network of local churches, with a primary emphasis on planting and pioneering. He has been in ministry for over 35 years, in a variety of different roles, ranging from working with British Youth for Christ to serving as a Chaplain in the NHS to pastoring and leading teams as an ordained Baptist minister in local churches. He loves Jesus and wants others to know about Him. He is part of the Core Leadership Team of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and has held various national responsibilities. He enjoys playing golf- and in good times and bad, supports Derby County!!!

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Ms Furaha Mussanzi (Independent)

Term expires March 2027

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Bishop Tony Parry (New Testament Church of God)

Term expires December 2023

Bishop Tony Parry is an Ordained Bishop in the New Testament Church of God, He became a Licenced Minister in 1993, after leaving theological college the previous year.

He currently serves as the Senor Pastor of the NTCG in Roundhay Leeds, and is the District Bishop of the Leeds District, giving oversight to the 5 churches which make up the Leeds District. Bishop Tony,also serves on the denomination’s National Executive Council and is a member of the National Education Board. Tony enjoys working ecumenically and was appointed an Ecumenical Canon of Bradford Cathedral in 2008, and was consecrated a bishop the following year in 2009.

Marcus Stock

The Rt Revd Marcus Stock (RC Bishop of Leeds)

Term expires March 2025

Bishop Marcus studied theology at Oxford University and trained for Holy Orders at the Venerable English College and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Ordained Priest in 1988, he served in parishes of the Archdiocese of Birmingham until 2009, as well as Director of Schools from 1999-2009. After five years as General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops; Conference of England and Wales, he was appointed by Pope Francis in 2014 as the tenth Bishop of Leeds and Ordained to the Episcopate in Leeds Cathedral. He is also Chair of the Catholic Education Service for England and Wales. He was installed as an Ecumenical Canon of Bradford Cathedral in 2016.

Kerry Tankard

The Revd Kerry Tankard (Methodist)

Term expires April 2026

Kerry is the Chair of the Yorkshire West Methodist District. He watches over and supports the ministers and stewards who lead the 200 churches which serve and worship in the cities, towns and villages of West Yorkshire and its surrounding areas. He also serves on the Faith and Order Committee of the Methodist Church.

Outside of his role in the Church, he has a very healthy, and ever expanding, record collection, which brings him great joy. He shares his life with his partner Lindsay, and has 2 grown up sons who share a love of Manchester City with him.

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