The name of the charity is Birmingham Diocesan Trust, registration number 234216. The charity, in its day to day dealings, is also known as the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

Key documents

Birmingham Diocesan Trust Financial Statements 2018

Birmingham Diocesan Trust Deed

Board of Trustees

Chair: Archbishop Bernard Longley

Bernard Longley, 9th Archbishop of Birmingham, is Chair of the Bishops’ Conference Department of Dialogue and Unity and Episcopal Liaison to the Travellers’ Issues Working Group.

Archbishop Longley also sits on the Mixed Commission of the Conference of Religious. Archbishop Longley was appointed by Pope Benedict as a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization and the co-Chairman of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), with oversight of the third phase of Anglican-Catholic dialogue.

Jacqui Francis

Jacqui's consultancy, AdinaMay, provides specialist recruitment services. She brings a constructive external perspective to senior recruitment campaigns for ministerial appointments, executive and non-executive roles and membership of regulators and expert bodies.

Jacqui is a member of the Judicial Appointments Commission recruitment panels and she serves on the Bar Standards Board, Independent Appointments Panel. Locally she is a Citizen Member of Birmingham City Council - Independent Remuneration Panel. Jacqui is a previous ministerial appointee Lay Adviser on the West Midlands Strategic Management Board responsible for public protection arrangements. Jacqui also volunteers at PAUSE a mental health drop-in centre for young people.

Professor Deirdre Kelly

Deirdre is the Founding Director of the Liver Unit, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Professor of Paediatric Hepatology at University of Birmingham. Deirdre has extensive Board and Charity Trustee experience as an executive and a non-executive in healthcare, professional, voluntary and civic settings.

Deirdre continues to work as a paediatrician and is on the Council of the General Medical Council and a Trustee of Breast Cancer UK. She is married to Sir Ian Byatt and has two sons and three grandchildren.

Deacon David Palmer BA (Financial Control) FCA CTA MCIPD (Trustee and Treasurer)

An experienced financial professional, who having worked at senior levels in the Finance and the Computer Services industries, specialised for over twenty years in management training in the practical understanding and utilisation of financial information.

After Ordination as a Permanent Deacon in 2007, he has increasingly devoted more time to voluntary work in the Catholic Church as an Evangelist, Deacon and Trustee.

He is also a Trustee of Oscott College, Maryvale Institute, Sehion Ministries and The Venerable English College Trust. He is married with one daughter and four granddaughters.

Bishop David McGough

Bishop David McGough has a degree in Theology and in Sacred Scripture. Bishop McGough spent 15 years teaching Scripture to students for the Catholic Priesthood at Oscott College from 1974 until 1989.

In 1986 he was appointed as Parish Priest at Christ the King, Kingstanding, Birmingham. He has been Parish Priest at Our Lady and All Saints, Stourbridge, since 1990.

His other responsibilities in the Archdiocese of Birmingham have been as Dean of the Dudley Deanery and Canon of St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham. He was appointed Episcopal Vicar for Walsall, Wolverhampton, the Black Country and Worcestershire in 2004.

Bishop William Kenney

One of Bishop Kenney’s major concerns has been to build up the Caritas organisation of the diocese, responsible for the pastoral-social work of the Church on a national and international basis. In 1991 he was elected President of Caritas Europe. The major part of this work concerned the problems of refugees and immigrants within Europe and the building up of the Caritas organisations in the eastern part of our continent.

Bishop Kenney has an honorary doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Gothenburg for his work encouraging immigrant students to attend university. He lectures extensively in Sweden and abroad on social issues and on ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue. He is a member of the Las Casas Advisory Board which promotes critical reflection on questions of human dignity in the light of Catholic social teaching and theology; a trustee of the Newman Trust, Oxford; a member of the diocesan Justice & Peace Commission and the Chair of the Pastoral Planning Group.

Canon Richard Walker

Canon Richard Walker STL is a Priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham.  He has served in the parishes of Christ the King, Coventry and St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph the Worker, Banbury.  From 2003-2014 he was a member of the Formation Staff at St. Mary’s College, Oscott, for the majority of which time he was Vice Rector.  From 2015-2020 he was the Director of Ongoing Formation for the Archdiocese and from 2017-2020 a member of The Archdiocesan Safeguarding Commission.  He is also a Trustee of St. Mary’s College, Oscott.  In September 2020 Archbishop Bernard Longley appointed him as Vicar General and a Trustee of the Archdiocese.  Before training for the priesthood at Oscott and the The Venerable English College, Rome he studied law and qualified as a solicitor in 1985.  He has a Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology from the Gregorian University, Rome.

Fr Jonathan Veasey

Fr Jonathan Veasey is a priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham and serves as Parish Priest of Sacred Heart and Holy Souls in Acocks Green, Birmingham.

Fr Jonathan has served as Director of the Diocesan Education Service leading the strategic development of Catholic education for the schools of the Archdiocese.

He currently serves as the Chair of the Diocesan Academy Strategy Board and as a lead trustee for Catholic education.

Christopher Loughran

Chris has recently completed a 30-year career with Deloitte, the international professional services firm. Joining the embryonic management consulting division of Deloitte (then Touche Ross and Co,) in Birmingham in 1987, he has worked both nationally and internationally with the firm. He was admitted to partnership in 1993, led the Technology Consulting practice from 2002-2010 and returned to Birmingham in 2010 to assume the role of Senior Partner for the Midlands Region from 2010-2015. He served as an elected member of the Board of Partners from 2010-2016.

Chris is Deputy Chairman of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, a non-executive director of the West Midlands Growth Company, a Trustee of the CBSO and Chair of the CBSO Development Trust and Chairman of Birmingham & Solihull Rugby Club. Chris served as High Sheriff of the West Midlands 2018-19.

Sophia Pain

Sophia is a qualified accountant who has spent her career working in Financial IT Consultancy in the UK and abroad. She has been a charity trustee on a number of educational charities.

Sophia was a governor of Newman University for nine years, during which time TDAP powers were granted and university status achieved. She was a member of the Estates Committee during the build of their new library. Her final role was as Chair of Council.

Peter Vince

Peter Vince is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor who has worked in private practice for over 40 years. He has  a significant track record in delivering complex projects and managing and developing both the individuals in the teams and the businesses that he has led during his career. In 2011 he formed EMMAUS Consulting, named after the passage in the bible The Road to Emmaus, a firm providing project and cost management consultancy to clients in the building sector.  Prior to EMMAUS he was CEO of UK operation of a 20,000 person global engineering and management company,  a member of the Senior Management Committee and  a board member of the global buildings business line.

In addition to his role at EMMAUS he is Chair of the board of Lumen Christi Catholic Multi Academy Company comprising seven schools across the south Birmingham area and a non-executive director of a London based architectural practice.

Peter Vella

Peter has enjoyed a varied career, predominantly across travel, tourism, aviation, construction and education sectors. He spent twelve years as an executive director of Birmingham Airport Ltd, five years with Interserve plc operating as CEO of a group of companies building schools in Leeds, St Helens and Sandwell followed by four years as Director for the Malta Tourism Authority in the UK and Ireland. Peter served a school governor from 1999 until 2007. In 2014 he founded an academy trust based in Leeds and was appointed as its first CEO.

Peter has also held a number of non-executive directorships including six years with Marketing Birmingham. He has extensive experience of working across the private, public and charity sectors. Peter currently serves as a non-executive director for HotelshopUK Ltd and is a fellow member of the Institute of Travel and Tourism. In 2016 Peter was invested as a Knight of Magistral Grace for The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta and plays an active part within the organisation.

Ms Helen Bardy

Helen has worked at Newman University as a Senior Lecturer for over 10 years. She teaches across a number of different programmes. She began life at Newman teaching on the Youth Work and Youth Ministry programmes and continues to run a Chaplaincy Postgraduate certificate. Previous employment before Newman includes Youth and Community worker for Essex County Council, National Project Manager (Youth) for the UK Salesian Province and Director for Catholic Youth Services for the English & Welsh Bishops Conference.

Since living in Birmingham, she is involved in the Archdiocesan Youth Service and is currently vice-chair and trustee of Kenelm Youth Trust. She is also on the Maryvale Council.

Sub Committees

(Trustees highlighted in bold)


Members: Deacon David Palmer, (Chair), Bishop David McGough, Bishop William Kenney, Canon David Evans, Canon Stephen Wright, Chris Loughran, Sophia Pain, David Brooks, Steve Roche, Sue Simkiss.

Meets at least four times a year to consider and take major decisions on financial issues.

Finance Committee Terms of Reference


Members: Chris Loughran (Chair), Bishop David McGough, Bishop William Kenney, Canon David Evans, Canon Stephen Wright, Deacon David Palmer, Peter Vince, David Brooks, Geoff Taylor, Deacon Paul O'Connor.

Meets at least four times a year to consider and take major decisions on property issues.

Property Committee Terms of Reference

Care of Clergy

Members: Fr Paul Fitzpatrick (Chair), Fr Stephen Wright, Canon Michael Neylon,  Fr Pat Brennan, Fr Paul Johnson, Deacon David Palmer, Deacon Michael McKearney, Deacon Paul O’Connor,  David Brooks, Pat Deeley,  Bernard Cooper, Sr Luke Lennon, Mgr Anthony Wilcox.

Meets twice a year to consider and take major decisions on issues relating to clergy welfare, including retired clergy.

Care of Clergy Committee Terms of Reference 


Members: Bishop David McGough (Chair)Fr Stephen Wright, Deacon David Palmer, David Brooks. Gerry Dryden, Fr Michael Dolman, James O’Hara, Bernadette Shortt, Con McHugh, Faye Fawcett, Caroline Bletso.      

Meets quarterly to consider and take major decisions on communications issues.

Communications Committee Terms of Reference


Members: Bishop David McGough (Chair), Fr Stephen Wright, Fr Jonathan Veasey, Adam Hardy, Deacon David Palmer, Clare O'Brien, David Brooks.

Meets quarterly to consider and take major decisions on educational matters as implemented through the Diocesan Education Services.

Education Committee Terms of Reference


Members: Deacon David Palmer (Chair), Chris Loughran, Fr Stephen Wright, David Brooks, Steve Roche.

Meets three times a year to consider and take major decisions on investment issues in conjunction with the Diocese's Investment Managers.

Investment Committee Terms of Reference


Members: Deacon David Palmer (Chair), Canon Stephen Wright, Jacqui Francis, David Brooks Gerry Dryden, Steve Roche.

Meets twice a year to consider and take major decisions on issues relating to employee matters - recruitment, evaluation of pay structures etc.

Remuneration Committee Terms of Reference

The Safeguarding Commission

Members: Elisabeth Fisher (Chair), Canon Stephen WrightDeirdre Kelly, Fr. Richard Walker, Sr. Teresa Billington, Angela Randle, Graham Tilby, Fr. Evarist Sunday, Stuart Bill, Janet Tibbits 

Meets quarterly to consider and take major decisions on safeguarding matters as implemented through the Safeguarding Department.

Terms of Reference