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The Revd Canon David Felix (Chair)

David Felix is All Saints’ longest-serving Trustee, having been appointed to the Board in 2010.  David was a lawyer prior to taking up the appointment as the vicar of Daresbury over 20 years ago, and was instrumental in reshaping and innovating the local parish.  David is an honorary Canon for Chester Cathedral and chairs the Rural Regeneration Board for Chester West and Chester council.  He is a member of the General Synod and sits on the Board of the Church Council.

David possesses wide-ranging governance experience having been heavily involved in both primary and secondary school governance for over 30 years.

Married with three children and one granddaughter, David is fluent in French, a keen guitarist and member of a local folk dance band.

Blackburn Diocese

The Rt Revd Philip North 

Philip North is Bishop of Burnley in the Diocese of Blackburn.  Appointed to All Saints’ Board of Trustees in 2015, Bishop Philip began ministry in the Diocese of Durham, serving outer estates Parishes in Sunderland and Hartlepool, and then spent six years ministering to pilgrims to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham as Priest Administrator. He returned to parochial ministry as Team Rector of the Parish of Old St Pancras, serving a large area of North-west London around Camden Town, and was consecrated Bishop and moved to Lancashire in February 2015. He has a strong interest in issues around poverty and social justice and in the vitality of the urban church and is Chair of the Church of England’s Renewal and Reform Estates Evangelism group. Bishop Philip is a member of the Company of Mission Priests, a dispersed community who live to a rule in order to focus their lives on the mission of the church, especially amongst the poor.  

Ms Jacqueline Stamper 

Jacqueline was nominated to the Board of Trustees of All Saints by Blackburn Diocesan Board of Finance/Bishop’s Council (BDBF/BC) in autumn 2017.   

Jacqueline brings to the Board extensive senior management experience at Lancaster University (and previously UCL, LSE), helping develop and review University strategy, institutional policies, financial planning, etc.  She managed multi-million pound budgets, building and IT projects, and also large staff numbers, gaining wide HR experience.  She also led or participated in institutional and subject audit and review for the University’s partner institutions.  She moved to Lancaster in 1994 from the Netherlands, where she had lived and worked, setting up her own management consultancy, and assisting. 

This breadth of experience has been used in service of the Church since medical retirement. In Blackburn Diocese, she is a Churchwarden, Lay Chair of Deanery Synod, a member of Diocesan Synod, Deanery and Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committees, Vacancy in See Committee, the Making Disciples Vision Initiative Group, the Outer Estates Projects Steering Group, and she chairs the Diocesan Human Resources Committee.  Nationally, she was elected to General Synod, appointed to the Dioceses Commission, and also invited to serve as Vice-Chair on the Working Group on Clergy Care and Wellbeing set up by General Synod. She is also serving a second term as a Peer Reviewer of Dioceses, and continues as a Bishops’ Reviewer of Ministerial Training. 

Jacqueline also brings experience of governance as Chair, Vice-Chair or Trustee of other charities, including BDBF/BC, the Jesus Shaped People Trust (helping steer future development of JSP nationally, especially in estates ministry), the Ruskin Foundation, and previously of Lancaster University Students’ Union Board of Trustees. 

 Jacqueline has one son, who lives in Copenhagen, and she is a keen linguist, cook, and singer. 

Chester Diocese

The Revd Canon Dr Christopher Burkett 

Christopher Burkett has been a Trustee since 2010, representing the Diocese of Chester.  Christopher was Chair of the Academic Committee from 2012 until 2019 

Originally from the CotswoldsChristopher trained in Birmingham and served in the Diocese of Lichfield prior to coming to the Diocese of Chester.  Christopher is a sociologist with a keen passion to use social science skills for the good of the faith. He was one of the earliest UK practitioners of the then new field of congregation studies and has taught and written on the topic since 1992. Inspired by life-enhancing learning in the church, he is whole-heartedly committed to work for that learning for all Christians. He strives for an engaged and engaging Christian faith that connects to every part of human life, and has regularly written on prayer and politics.  

As Chief Editor of the journal The Preacher, he longs to see a renewed confidence in preaching and is part of The College of Preachers national training team. Christopher holds a doctorate in the work of the sociologist Maurice Halbwachs applied to preaching, and his continuing research is in collective memory and the social mechanisms behind how memories are created and maintained. 

Christopher’s leisure time interests include old films, investigating old railway lines, and anything to do with printing and print design.  Christopher is married to Christine, and they share an enthusiasm for American history and politics. The couple have three daughters.

Liverpool Diocese

Matt Elliott was nominated to the Board of Trustees in January 2017, and is Chair of All Saints’ Finance and General Purpose Committee.  Matt is the Director of Finance for the Diocese of Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral. In this role, he leads the joint Diocesan and Cathedral Finance Team, providing strategic leadership in all areas of financial management and control.

Matt is also a director of the Liverpool Joint Catholic and Church of England Academies Trust, where he chairs the Audit Committee, and for several other entities working within the Church of England, and in Education.

Married with three children, Matt enjoys playing both the piano and guitar, and has a keen interest in football.

The Revd Steve Pierce 

Steve Pierce has been a trustee of All Saints since 2010, representing the Diocese of Liverpool and serves on the Academic Committee. After student life in Birmingham University Steve was ordained in 1985, serving parishes in in Huyton and Anfield in the diocese of Liverpool before being appointed as a diocesan Resources Officer in 2000. His special interest is stewardship in the local church and as Resources officer he shared responsibility for the development of Giving in Grace, a comprehensive web resource for the local church (www.givingingrace.org).  

In 2006 Steve moved to the Christian charity Stewardship working with a team helping churches support people in debt and developing resources around discipleship in personal finance. He co-authored the second edition of Your Money and Your Life with Keith Tondeur (SPCK 2010) and published Beyond the Collection Plate, in 2015. Passionate about resourcing both lay and ordained at the sharp end of parish ministry Steve returned to the diocese of Liverpool in his current post as Director of Learning and Stewardship in 2010.  

Married with five children, Steve lists rock climbing, rugby and hill walking as lost pursuits but still aspires to renovate his vintage British motorbike. 

Manchester Diocese

Canon Richard Lewis 

Richard Lewis was appointed as a Trustee of All Saints in July 2018. He is a member of Finance and General Purposes committee. He is the treasurer of his local parish Church in Eccles and is also on the management committee of Eccles Street Pastors. 

He serves on the Manchester Diocesan Board of Finance and is currently a Deanery Lay Chair, Lay Chair of the Diocese, member of Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Finance Committee. He was appointed in 2017 as Honorary Lay Canon of Manchester Cathedral. He was appointed in 2018 as a Trustee of the Manchester Diocesan Council for Social Aid. 

Richard worked in IT as a Senior Manager for a large retailer, and prior to retirement as a Practice Manager at a busy inner city GP practice. Following retirement he volunteered for five years at Citizens Advice. 

Richard is married to Jenny who trained at All Saints from 2012 to 2015. Following ordination she serves as an OLM in the Eccles benefice. They have three daughters. He enjoys gardening, reading and cinema. 

Other Trustees & Representatives

The Venerable Dr John Applegate

John Applegate was appointed Principal of All Saints in 2008.  He was appointed as a trustee and director on 5th November 2013.  Under the company’s Articles of Association is now an ex-officio member of the Board.

John brings to the Board a wide knowledge of the Church of England, having served in parish ministry for eighteen years, as an Area Dean, Chair of the Diocesan House of Clergy and Archdeacon in Manchester diocese, a member of the General Synod for eight years and an elected member of the Church of England Appointments Committee for five years.  John also brings extensive experience of governance having previously been trustee of a number of charitable companies, overseeing as chair the amalgamation of five related charities and the creation of a community development trust.  He is currently a trustee of Church Army.

John also brings experience of higher education, having taught part-time at the University of Manchester for fifteen years.

John is a member of All Saints’ Academic Committee and its Finance and General Purposes Committee where his experience of charitable finance and education are put to good use.

Canon Pamela Bishop 

Pam Bishop has been a Trustee of All Saints since 2012, co-opted initially as a representative from General Synod and latterly, having moved to Liverpool, she sits independently. She is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. 

Prior to 2017, Pam lived in Nottinghamshire in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham where she served as a Deanery Lay Chair, Lay Chair of the Diocese, member of Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Finance Committee, and for 7 years as a member of General Synod. She was appointed in 2013 as Honorary Lay Canon of Southwell Minster. 

Pam’s career before retirement was as an educationalist. She was Deputy Head of a large comprehensive school, Lecturer in Education in University of Nottingham, international consultant with British Council, Ofsted Inspector of Schools and an author. Voluntary work has included educational consultancy with Arthritis Research Campaign, Non Executive Director of a Primary Care Trust (and Chair of Risk Committee), Chair of Governors of a church secondary academy and fundraising organiser with Framework, a homelessness charity.  

Since coming to Liverpool, Pam worships in the parish of St Luke in the City and volunteers weekly with Micah Food Bank serving predominantly those seeking asylum.   

Pam is married to Philip and they have a married daughter and a granddaughter. She enjoys music making and the great outdoors. 

The Revd Graham Sparkes 

Graham Sparkes is an ecumenical representative on the All Saints Board. He is an ordained minister within the Baptist Union of Great Britain, and is currently President of Luther King House Educational Trust in Manchester. LKH is an ecumenical centre for theological education that has the particular task of preparing people for ministry within the main nonconformist traditions within the UK. It enjoys close and warm links with All Saints. 

Having served two pastorates at Horfield Baptist Church, Bristol, and at Christ Church Baptist, Kings Langley, Graham worked for twelve years at Baptist House, with responsibility for the Faith and Unity Department. This included national and international ecumenical engagement, together with work on current social and political issues. For many years he was a Trustee of Christian Aid. 

As a result of studying for an MTh in Christian Spirituality at Heythrop College in London, Graham developed a particular interest in the relationship between art and faith, and has co-authored ‘God and the Art of Seeing: visual resources for a journey of faith’. He currently teaches Christian spirituality at LKH. 

Graham was recently appointed as an Ecumenical Canon at Manchester Cathedral, and serves as a Patron of the Retreat Association. 


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