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United Reformed Church House
86 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9RT

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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

Synod Children's & Youth Work contacts

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.

Simeon Mitchell, Secretary for Church & Society, telephone: 020 7916 8633
Roo Stewart, Programme Support Officer, telephone 020 7916 8632

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 Revd Dr Kevin Snyman, Programme Officer, telephone: 020 7520 2726
Suzanne Pearson, Administrative Assistant (Tuesdays and Wednesdays), telephone: 020 7916 8638

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

Reform

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

Andy Braunston: Minister for Digital Worship, telephone: 0744 385 1669

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

Stepwise

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)

General Secretary

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

Visit the RMHS website

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: safeguarding@urc.org.uk 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.

Synod offices

Contact details for our thirteen synods that administer churches at a regional level

Synod safeguarding contacts

For safeguarding concerns, queries or training information and contact details for synod safeguarding officers

Synod children’s & youth work contacts

Find out your synod’s children’s & youth work contact details

Synod discipleship contacts

Find the contact details for discipleship roles in our synods

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