Curia and Trustees

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

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

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

Lyn Murray

Lyn Murray

Chief Operating Officer

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

Paula Asquith

Paula Asquith

Executive Assistant to Chief Operating Officer

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

Sharon Owen

Sharon Owen

Personal Assistant to Chief Operating Officer

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

Trustees:

Trustee Secretary: Paula Asquith
St Ambrose, North Road, Leigh Woods, Bristol BS8 3PW
Email: Paula.Asquith@Cliftondiocese.com

Chair: Right Reverend Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton

Chair: Right Reverend Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton

Within 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

Vice Chairman: Reverend Mgr. Canon Bernard Massey VG

Mgr. Bernard is Parish Priest at St Bonaventure’s in Bristol having moved from St George’s and St Teresa of Lisieux in Taunton. He sits on the following Committees:
H. R, Property, Risk, Investment and Chairs Finance and Audit, and the ad-hoc Incorporation Committee. He began at Holy Rood in Swindon before going into the Army and serving in Germany, Bosnia & Northern Ireland. On his return after 5 years, he moved to St Augustine’s in Downend and then to St Peter’s in Gloucester. He then moved to Sacred Heart in Bristol in 2010 and in 2012 took on the responsibility for St Antony’s in Henbury.

Vicar General: Rev Mgr. Canon Liam Slattery VG

Vicar General: Rev Mgr. Canon Liam Slattery VG

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

Reverend Canon John Cunningham

Reverend Canon John Cunningham

Parish Priest at Holy Rood, Swindon. Canon John was ordained in 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. He sits on the Risk Committee.

Reverend Canon Richard Dwyer JCL Adv Dip Ed VJ

Reverend Canon Richard Dwyer JCL Adv Dip Ed VJ

Canon Richard is Vicar Judicial and Vicar Episcopal for Matrimonial Matters and is the Parish Priest at St Catharine of Alexandria, Frome. In 1980, Bishop Mervyn Alexander ordained Canon Richard, in his hometown 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

Reverend David Mills

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

Mr Tim Coyle

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 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. He sits on Finance and Investment Committees.

Mr Stephen McNulty

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 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 Committee and is a member of the Working Group supervising the incorporation of the diocese.

Dr Michael Thompson

Dr Michael Thompson

Michael joined the Trustees in 2017 with a particular focus on education, having 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 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. He sits on Academy Project Board and Schools and Colleges Committees.

Mr Richard Ashby

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 considerable 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 involved instructing medical students in ethics and consent. Richard has over 30 years’ experience of safeguarding and child protection and Chairs the Safeguarding Committee. He also sits on Property, and Health and Safety Committees.