The Bishop's Council

The Bishop’s Council are the senior clergy (the Vicars General and Episcopal Vicars) appointed by the Bishop to oversee certain aspects of the life and work of the Diocese. They meet regularly to advise the Bishop.

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The Right Reverend Philip Egan

Bishop of Portsmouth

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Reverend Canon Michael Dennehy VG

Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia

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Reverend Canon Paul Townsend VG

Vicar General and Vicar for Clergy

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Reverend Fr Mark Hogan

Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation

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Reverend Canon PJ Smith

Episcopal Vicar for Education

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Reverend Fr Benjamin Theobald

Episcopal Vicar for Vocations

Senior Staff

The Senior Staff of the Diocesan Curia are lay men and women who, supervised by the Moderator of the Curia, manage the ‘Department for Administration’ which carries out the vital administrative work of the Diocese.

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Heather Hauschild

Chief Operating Officer and Diocesan Oeconomus

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Clive Field

Director of Finance

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Chris Smith

Director of Communications and Fundraising

Portsmouth Diocese

Position Vacant

Head of Estates

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Catherine Hobbs

Director of Education

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Ruth Attfield

Head of Safeguarding

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Karena Fulford

Head of People, Governance and IT

Trustees

The Diocese of Portsmouth is a Registered Charity with the Charity Commission of England and Wales. As such, we are required by law to have a group of Trustees who support the Bishop by overseeing the charitable work of the diocese. Alongside the members of the Bishop’s Council, the trustees are chosen for their expertise in various fields and their dedication to the Catholic Mission of the Diocese.

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Rev. Mr Gerard Dailly

Trustee

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Michael Elks

Trustee

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Catherine Knowles

Trustee

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Susan Masser

Trustee

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Bernard Davis

Trustee

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Rev. Canon Simon Thomson

Judicial Vicar

Safeguarding Sub Committee

Every human being has a value and dignity which we as Catholics acknowledge as coming directly from God’s creation of all men and women in his own image and likeness. This implies a duty to value all people and therefore to support them and protect them from harm. In the Catholic Church this is demonstrated by the provision of carefully planned activities for children, young people and adults; supporting families under stress; caring for those hurt by abuse in the past; ministering to and managing those who have caused harm.

It is because of these varied ministries that we need to provide a safe environment for all which promotes and supports their wellbeing. This will include carefully selecting and appointing those who work with children, young people or vulnerable adults and responding robustly where concerns arise. We employ a Head of Safeguarding to ensure that we meet all of our safeguarding obligations and to ensure a culture of safeguarding across the Diocese. The work is supported and overseen by our lay-led Diocesan Safeguarding Sub-Committee.

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Bernard Davis

Trustee Chair

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Dr Rich John (Chair)

Independent Deputy Chair

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Dr Sarah Schofield

Sub-Committee Member (Primary Care)

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Jaq Doran

Sub-Committee Member (Retired Police)

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Rev Fr John Lee

Clergy Sub-Committee Member (Currently on sabatical)

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Rev Canon PJ Smith

Clergy Sub-Committee Member

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Paul O'Driscoll

Sub-Committee Member (Probation Service)

Portsmouth Diocese

Meta Muncaster

Sub-Committee Member (Retired NHS)

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