United Reformed Church House
86 Tavistock Place
Church House departments and staff
The children’s and youth work office works with the children’s and youth work committee to equip and develop the United Reformed Church’s ministry among children and young people throughout the denomination.
Sam Richards: Head of Children’s and Youth Work, telephone: 020 7916 8637
Lorraine Webb: Children’s and Youth Work Programme Officer, telephone: 020 7916 8683
Tricia Harding: Administrative Assistant
Sharon Lloyd: Programme Assistant, telephone: 0207 691 9872
Heather Wilkinson: Administrator, telephone: 020 7916 8683
Charlotte Elliott: URC Youth Intern
Church Related Community Work is a distinctive and formally recognised ministry within the URC, and post holders play a vital role in the denomination's presence and engagement in neighbourhoods and with communities.
Steve Summers: Development Worker
Samara Andrews: Administrator (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays)
We support the Church to live out the social and political implications of the gospel. We work as part of the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT), an ecumenical partnership with the Methodist Church and the Baptist Union of Great Britain.
Commitment for Life is the world development programme of the United Reformed Church working in partnership with Christian Aid and Global Justice Now. Our areas of focus are: Bangladesh, Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador), Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, and Zimbabwe.
The communications department oversees the internal and external communications of the denomination – including Reform, News Update and media releases. It also handles reputation management issues, oversees the content and maintenance of the URC website and database, produces quality design and print, publishes URC books and reports and is the initial contact point for copyright enquiries.
Andy Jackson: Head of Communications, telephone: 020 7691 9865
Ann-Marie Nye: Communications Officer, telephone: 020 7520 2715
Sara Foyle: Senior Graphic Designer: print, digital and online, telephone: 020 7916 8628
Natasha Springer: iChurch Coordinator
Laura Taylor: Graphic Designer, telephone: 020 7520 2717
Louise Ault: Administrator, telephone: 020 7916 8627
Catherine Kelliher: Digital Content Officer, telephone: 020 7520 2723
Service times: 9.00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday
Media team out of hours: 07976 753 950
Steve Tomkins: Editor of Reform, telephone: 020 7916 8631
Laurence Wareing: Content Editor, Reform, telephone: 07342 883 954
Chris Andrews: Graphic Designer for Reform, telephone: 020 7691 9873
The ecumenical and interfaith relations office is instrumental for the United Reformed Church in developing positive relationships with other churches in the UK and across Europe. It also assists the denomination to build understanding and engagement with inter faith partners.
Carole Sired: Administrator for Mission and Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations, telephone: 020 7916 8655
Service times: 09.00 – 17.00 Monday to Friday
The Education and Learning office implements activities which are intended to support adult learning within the United Reformed Church, primarily through the initial and ongoing development of people in various public ministries.
Jenny Mills: Secretary for Education and Learning
Philippa Linton: Administrator
David Salsbury: Stepwise Programme Manager, telephone: 07547 983063
Marion Brown: Stepwise Programme Assistant (Tuesday – Thursday), telephone: 020 7916 8648
Anne Hewling: Instructional Designer
The team oversees the day-to-day management of the facilities at Church House, including the maintenance and monitoring of policies and procedures in relation to the health, safety and welfare of staff and visitors. It also offers ad hoc advice on health & safety matters to churches and synods.
Kent Daobry: Facilities Manager, telephone: 020 7916 8647
Simon Pickard: Caretaker, telephone: 07584 908 581
Service times: 09:00 – 16:30 Monday to Friday
Accounting and record keeping
Record Ministry & Mission Fund contributions and other receipts into and payments from the URC Trust bank account process authorised non-payroll payments from URC Trust funds regular, ad hoc and annual financial reporting for the URC Trust, its associated charities and funds (accountants).
John Samson: Chief Finance Officer, telephone: 020 7916 8641
Beatrice Ochogo: Financial Accounting Manager, telephone: 020 7916 2020
Yvonne Sired: Finance Administrator, telephone: 020 7916 8640
Sade Alli-Balogun: Management Accountant, telephone: 020 7916 8624
Bea Minta: Finance Assistant, telephone: 020 7916 8644 (07:00 – 14:00)
Payroll and pensions
Operate payrolls for ministers’ stipends, staff salaries and retired ministers’ and widow(er)s’ pensions administer the URC Ministers’ Pension Fund and liaise with The Pensions Trust who administer the staff scheme provide taxation administration and guidance for ministers and staff paid via our payrolls.
Rob Seaman: Pension Fund Manager, telephone: 020 7691 9869 (07:30 – 15:00)
Mary Steele: Payroll Manager, telephone: 020 7916 8639 (07:30 – 15:00)
The Revd Dr John Bradbury, who has served the URC as a local church minister to URCs in Cambridgeshire, a tutor and Vice Principal of Westminster College, Cambridge, and URC and ecumenical ministries in Liverpool, is the new General Secretary of the URC.
John Bradbury has been heavily involved in ecumenism and has served on various groups for the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE), which he now serves as one of its three presidents.
As well as serving as co-chair of the URC-Roman Catholic dialogue, John also convenes the United Reformed Church’s Law and Polity Advisory Group.
Samantha Bircham is PA to General Secretary, telephone number: 020 7520 2712
Deputy General Secretary (Administration and Resources)
Jane Baird is Deputy General Secretary for Administration and Resources
Deputy General Secretary (Discipleship)
The Revd Adrian Bulley is Deputy General Secretary for Discipleship
Izumi Nishizono is PA to Deputy General Secretary (Discipleship), telephone: 020 7520 2725
Deputy General Secretary (Mission)
Philip Brooks is Deputy General Secretary for Mission
In partnership with synod global/intercultural coordinators and world church partners, Global & Intercultural Ministries advocate, facilitate-nurture partnerships, enable URC participation in global opportunities, resource the United Reformed Church on global partnerships and intercultural practices (locally and globally), and much more.
Karen Campbell: Secretary for Global and Intercultural Ministries, telephone: 020 76919872
Veronica Daniel: Administrator for Global and Intercultural Ministries, telephone: 020 7916 8649
Kevin Snyman: Programme Officer, telephone: 020 7520 2726
Service times: 09.00 – 17.00 Monday to Friday
The Human Resources department provides a full range of HR services for Church House, including advice and guidance to Westminster College, synods and local churches.
Jane Baird: Deputy General Secretary (Administration and Resources), telephone: 020 7691 9870
Helen Bird: Human Resources Officer, telephone: 020 7691 9874
Deepti Upadhyaya: Human Resources Coordinator, 020 7691 9871
Service times: 09:00 – 16:30 Monday to Friday
The team maintains the IT infrastructure at Church House including and ensure that all date and systems are secure. It also provides in-house IT support to staff.
Fred Sackey: IT Manager, telephone: 020 7916 8645
Tim Isaac: IT Support Technician, telephone: 020 7916 8645
Service times: 08:30 – 16:30 Monday to Friday
The Ministries office maintains the rolls of ministers, Church Related Community Workers (CRCWs) and lay preachers as well as giving general oversight to their work and the work of elders. Among other matters, it deals with the movement and remuneration of ministers, legislation, ministers’ conditions of service, ministerial retirements, ministers from other churches wishing to work for the URC, the filling of special category ministry posts and assessing candidates for ministry.
Nicola Furley-Smith: Secretary for Ministries, telephone: 020 7916 8649
Gillian Jones: Data Analyst and Administrator for Ministries, telephone: 020 7916 8634
Farrah Folami-Carrer: Administrator for Ministries, telephone: 020 7916 8649
Emma Pearce: Database Assistant (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
The Moderators of the General Assembly are figureheads for the denomination and represent the United Reformed Church, in the UK and abroad.
The Moderator of the General Assembly for 2020-22 is the Revd Claire Downing.
Please contact the Communications team for any queries you would like to direct to them.
Assisting retiring ministers to meet their housing needs during retirement, aiming to provide adequate housing suitable for long-term occupation maintain, with the assistance of local volunteers, around 350 properties tenanted by retired ministers, arranging inspections and repairs manage around 20 properties occupied as manses by centrally appointed ministers retired ministers
Chuka Agbasiere: General Manager (RMHS), telephone: 020 7916 8636
Jacqueline Watson: PA to General Manager (RMHS), telephone: 020 7916 8636
Ted Ford: Maintenance Surveyor (West Midlands), telephone: 07739 360 034
Louise Lloyd-Jones: Tenancy Manager (RMHS), telephone 020 7520 2714
Sharon Acers: Repairs and Maintenance Coordinator (RMHS), telephone 02075202716
Khadija Idris: Finance Administrator, telephone 020 7916 2716
Where a person is in imminent dancer of harm or a criminal act may have been committed, the police must be notified immediately on 999. Otherwise, you can call 101 to report a crime or any other concerns that do not require and emergency response.
For general safeguarding queries, or when you cannot contact your Synod, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 07776 178246
Sharon Barr: Designated Safeguarding Lead (Monday - Friday, 9 am to 5 pm)
Synod Safeguarding contacts
For safeguarding concerns, queries or training information, contact your Synod Safeguarding Officer.
For all urgent out of hours media requests, please call 07976 753950 or contact our Communications team.