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Last updated 9th January 2023

Meet the Vision and Strategy Team

The Vision and Strategy Team is chaired and led by the Acting Diocesan Bishop, Rt Rev Philip North and, with God's guidance, it is a key part of the decision-making process of the Diocese; alongside the Diocesan Synod and the Bishop's Council. 

The Vision and Strategy Team was formerly known as the Bishop's Leadership Team and will revert to that name once a new Bishop of Blackburn has been chosen and is in post. It drives forward our Vision 2026 Healthy Churches Transforming Communities. 

The Team meets once a month, with a longer gathering, involving a residential retreat, once a year in April or May. 

The Rt Rev Philip North; Acting Diocesan Bishop and Suffragan Bishop of Burnley

The Acting Diocesan Bishop and his office team are based at Bishop's House in Wilpshire

Bishop's Chaplain: Rev. Sam Cheesman (see below for more details)

Personal Assistant: Louise Hunter
e: louise.hunter@blackburn.anglican.org

Bishop's Administrator: Esther Tregilgas e:bhadmin@bishopofblackburn.org.uk 

Number for Bishop's House: 01254 248234






The Rt Rev Dr Jill Duff 

Suffragan Bishop of Lancaster, Based at the Diocesan offices

Personal Assistant: Judith Henderson
e: judith.henderson@blackburn.anglican.org 

Tel: 01254 503090

The Ven Mark Ireland

Archdeacon of Blackburn, Based at the Diocesan offices

Tel: 07866 778791

Personal Assistant: Kelly Quinn
e: kelly.quinn@blackburn.anglican.org

Tel: 07384 819825

The Ven David Picken

Archdeacon of Lancaster, Based at the Diocesan Offices

Personal Assistant: Gill Beeley
e: gill.beeley@blackburn.anglican.org

Tel: 01254 503272


The Very Rev Peter Howell-Jones

Dean of Blackburn, Based at Blackburn Cathedral offices

Executive Assistant and Operations Manager: Pauline Rowe
e: pauline.rowe@blackburncathedral.co.uk 

Tel: 01254 277430


Rev Sam Cheesman

Bishop's Chaplain, Based at Bishop's House

e: chaplain@bishopofblackburn.org.uk

Tel: 01254 248234



Rev Anne Beverley

Dean of Women's Ministry

Vicar of Wesham Christ Church

Phone: 07841 742 022

Email: anne.beverley@btinternet.com

Canon Stephen Whittaker

Diocesan Secretary

Based at the Diocesan offices

Personal Assistant: Jenny Simpkin
e: jenny.simpkin@blackburn.anglican.org

Ronnie Semley, MCIPR; DipCIPR

Diocesan Communications Manager, Based at the Diocesan offices

Tel: 01254 503416; e: ronnie.semley@blackburn.anglican.org

Administrative support: Karen Ashcroft
e: karen.ashcroft@blackburn.anglican.org

Revd Sarah Siddique Gill

Vicar of St Stephen's with St James' in Blackburn

Bishop’s Advisor on UKME issues



Revd Nick McKee

Director of Vocations and Acting Director of Education

Based at the Diocesan offices

Administrator: Abi Saunders
e: abi.saunders@blackburn.anglican.org


Carolyn Barton

Director of Vision Delivery

Based at the Diocesan offices

e: carolyn.barton@blackburn.anglican.org




Joy Rushton

Being Witnesses Manager

Based at the Diocesan offices

e: joy.rushton@blackburn.anglican.org








Ronnie Semley, last updated February 2022


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