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Last updated 25th August 2023

Meet the Vision and Strategy Team

The Vision and Strategy Team is chaired and led by the Bishop of Blackburn, 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. 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, Bishop of Blackburn

The 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

Bishop's Administrator: Esther Tregilgas 

Bishops' Appointments Secretary: Susan Stewart                                                                e:

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

Tel: 07930 653509



The Ven Mark Ireland

Archdeacon of Blackburn, Based at the Diocesan offices

Tel: 07866 778791

Personal Assistant: Kelly Quinn

Tel: 07384 819825

The Ven David Picken

Archdeacon of Lancaster, Based at the Diocesan Offices





The Very Rev Peter Howell-Jones

Dean of Blackburn, Based at Blackburn Cathedral offices

Executive Assistant and Operations Manager: Pauline Rowe

Tel: 01254 277430


Rev Sam Cheesman

Bishop's Chaplain, Based at Bishop's House


Tel: 01254 248234

For more Bishop's House contact information, see Bishop Philip's entry above.


Rev Anne Beverley

Dean of Women's Ministry

Vicar of Wesham Christ Church

Phone: 07841 742 022


Canon Stephen Whittaker

Diocesan Secretary

Based at the Diocesan offices

Personal Assistant: Jenny Harborne

Ronnie Semley, MCIPR; DipCIPR

Diocesan Communications Manager, Based at the Diocesan offices

Tel: 01254 503416; e:

Administrative support: Karen Ashcroft

Revd Sarah Siddique Gill

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

Bishop’s Advisor on UKME issues




Director of Vocations

Based at the Diocesan offices

Administrator: Abi Saunders


Carolyn Barton

Director of Vision Delivery

Based at the Diocesan offices




Joy Rushton

Being Witnesses Manager

Based at the Diocesan offices









Ronnie Semley, last updated August 2023

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