Vicars General
Reverend Mgr Canon Bernard Massey
St Bonaventure, Egerton Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8HP
Tel: 0117 942 4448

Reverend Mgr Canon Liam Slattery
St Peter’s Presbytery, 9 London Road, Gloucester, GL1 3EX
Tel: 01452 523603

Vicar Judicial and Vicar Episcopal for Matrimonial Matters
Reverend Canon Richard Dwyer JCL Adv Dip Ed
Clifton Diocese Tribunal, Alexander House, 160 Pennywell Road, Bristol BS5 0TX
Tel: 0117 983 3907

Moderator of the Curia
Reverend Mgr Canon Bernard Massey VG
St Bonaventure, Egerton Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8HP
Tel: 0117 942 4448

Reverend George Henwood STB MA JCL
Clifton Diocese Tribunal, Alexander House. 160 Pennywell Road, Bristol BS5 0TX
Tel: 0117 983 3907

Chief Operating Officer: Mrs Lyn Murray
Tel: 0117 902 5598
Alexander House,
160 Pennywell Road,
Bristol, BS5 0TX

Executive Assistant to Chief Operating Officer: Paula Asquith

Tel: 0117 902 5598
Alexander House,
160 Pennywell Road,
Bristol, BS5 0TX

Personal Assistant to Chief Operating Officer: Sharon Owen
Tel: 0117 902 5598
Alexander House,
160 Pennywell Road,
Bristol, BS5 0TX


Clifton Diocese is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with registered number 10462076 and a registered charity number 1170168. Our registered office is at St. Ambrose, North Road, Leigh Woods, Bristol BS8 3PW.

Trustee Secretary: Paula Asquith
St Ambrose, North Road, Leigh Woods, Bristol BS8 3PW

Chairman: Right Reverend Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton

Bishop Declan QuoteWithin the diocese Bishop Declan instigated a review of diocesan structures and as a result created the Diocesan Department for Evangelisation and Adult Education and a new Department for Schools and Colleges. During this time the Diocesan Liturgical Commission has also been reformed. He has launched a process of renewal entitled ‘Seeking the Face of Christ’ the purpose of which is to draw up pastoral guidelines for the development of the diocese. This resulted in our diocesan pastoral guidelines ‘Called to be a People of Hope’. This involved all parishes and other communities that make up the Clifton Diocese.

Vice Chairman: Reverend Mgr Canon Bernard Massey VG

Mgr Bernard is Parish Priest of St George’s and St Teresa of Lisieux in Taunton and sits on the following sub committees;
Finance, H.R, Audit, Property, Health and Safety. Investment, and the ad-hoc Incorporation Committee
He started at Holy Rood in Swindon before going in the Army and serving in Germany, Bosnia & Northern Ireland. On his return after 5 years he went to St Augustine’s in Downend and then on to St Peter’s in Gloucester. He then moved to the Sacred Heart in Bristol in 2010 and in 2012 also took on the responsibility for St Antony’s in Henbury. In 2017 he became Parish Priest of St George’s and St Teresa of Lisieux in Taunton. In 2021 he became Parish Priest of St Bonaventure’s in Bristol.

Rev Mgr Canon Liam Slattery VG

Mgr Liam was born in Tipperary in 1962, second eldest of 6 boys. Following education in the local Primary School and Christian Brothers Secondary School, he studied for the priesthood in St Patrick’s College, Thurles and was ordained for the Diocese of Limerick on June 11th 1988. After two year’s ministry as chaplain to a Third Level College in Limerick City, he was given a loan placement in Clifton Diocese as Assistant Priest at Clifton Cathedral. He was Incardinated as a priest of Clifton Diocese and was appointed Assistant Priest to St Mary’s Swindon in 1993 becoming Parish Priest there until 2010 when he was appointed Parish Priest of St Peter’s Gloucester. In 2012, he was appointed one of the Vicars General of Clifton Diocese and became a Trustee of the Diocese.

Reverend Canon John Cunningham

Parish Priest at Holy Rood, Swindon

Canon John was ordained on 20 June 1992 having trained at the Beda College in Rome. His first appointment was to St George’s in Taunton as an assistant priest. After three years he moved to St Augustine of Canterbury in Matson, Gloucester as Parish Priest. He returned to Taunton in 2000 and then moved to Holy Rood Swindon in 2012. Canon John is well known for his ministry with HCPT – The Pilgrimage Trust and has enjoyed many visits to Lourdes.

Reverend Canon Richard Dwyer JCL Adv Dip Ed VJ

Canon Richard is Vicar judicial and Vicar Episcopal for Matrimonial Matters and is the Priest at St Catharine of Alexandria, Frome

He was ordained by Bishop Mervyn Alexander in 1980, in his home town of Portishead and started his priestly career at Clifton Cathedral. After serving in Bristol, Taunton and Calne he spent two years studying Canon Law at Leuven before his appointment as parish priest at St Thomas More, Cheltenham in 2002

Reverend David Mills

Fr David is Parish Priest at both St Gregory the Great and St Thomas More, Cheltenham and sits on the following Committees: H.R. Health and Safety, Property and finance. He is also on the Priests Welfare Committee. He was ordained in 2002.

Mr Richard Ashby

Richard became a Trustee in May 2021. He retired in 2018 from the Civil Service after 20 years in the National Probation Service, managing High Risk offenders released from prison on Parole and License. Prior to joining the Probation Service, Richard was a Magistrate in Somerset and a member of the Independent Tribunal Service, hearing DHSS and Child Support appeals. Richard is a Chartered Fellow of the CMI and a Chartered Scientist. He chaired NHS Research Ethics Committees in Bristol and Exeter. This role involves teaching medical students in ethics and consent. Richard has over 30 years experience of safeguarding and child protection and chairs the Safeguarding Committee.

Mr Tim Coyle

Tim became a Trustee in March 2013, with a particular interest in finance. After an early career in science, gaining an MSc in Oceanography and a PHd in Analytical Chemistry as well as experience in industry, he trained as a chartered accountant in Bristol and in due course to became a partner for 15 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, a leading worldwide firm. His interests in retirement include dancing, walking, travel, choral singing and photography and he volunteers with Citizens Advice Bureau in addition to his roles as Trustee and with the parish of Clifton Cathedral. He is married to Clare and has two children, Mairead and Joseph..

Mr Stephen McNulty

Stephen read Law at Oxford, and was a student at the English College in Rome before qualifying as a solicitor at Withers in London. He was Senior Partner of the Bristol firm, Burges Salmon from 2007 until 2011, He retired from that firm in 2012, after 25 years as a partner, during which time he specialised in commercial property management and development. He now lives in Wells with his wife Diana, who are both actively involved in their local parish. He is a member of the British Italian Law Association and speaks French, German and Italian. He sits on the diocesan Property sub committee and is a member of the working group supervising the Incorporation of the diocese.

Mr Michael Setter

Michael has broad experience of construction and development as well as health and safety. He is Managing Director of Stone Ecclesiastical Limited, a firm of architects and surveyors and chairman of The Building Safety Group Limited and was appointed a Trustee in March 2015.

An experienced company director who has been involved with a number of public and private sector organisations and charitable trusts.

Dr Michael Thompson

Michael joined the Trustees in 2017 with a particular focus on education, having extensive experience as a School and College Governor (and Chair of Governors), as the Clifton Diocese Member to the Wiltshire Council Children’s Select Committee and to the former Schools Organisation Committee. Professionally he is a retired scientist and Laboratory Director with extensive experience at Board Level in a leading research and development establishment. More recently he was a Consultant to the Health Protection Agency providing support to exercising the health service response to major public health incidents. In all these roles he has acquired knowledge and understanding of HR and training issues, change management, oversight of major construction projects, regulatory affairs and health & safety in complex environments. Michael is a committed educationalist.

Deacon Paul White

Paul was ordained as a permanent deacon in 2011 and was appointed as a trustee in March 2015. After a career of over 40 years in the construction industry working for major contractors, he spent the last 19 years of that time as a director for a company based in London.

He has considerable experience in construction and property related sectors and sits on the Property, Risk and Health & Safety Committees, together with the board of trustees. Paul is married with 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren and is a member of the parish of SS Luke & Teresa in Wincanton.

Mrs Margaret Young

Margaret joined the Trustees in February 2013 to strengthen the legal input. She is a solicitor of over 30 years standing and has wide experience in many fields although she specialised in civil litigation. She is also a qualified mediator. She has worked at the Law Society and subsequently for many years in a major law firm before setting up her own practice seven years ago in Stroud. She has significant experience in dealing with complex problems and assisting in resolving them quickly and efficiently. She is practical and businesslike in her approach. Having sold her practice in August 2015 to a top 500 firm, she is currently acting under the rule of a retired solicitor to help people who struggle to afford legal help to gain access to justice. She is married to Edward, a civil engineer and they have two sons and two daughters.