Together in Faith prioritises transparency and accountability and is committed to working closely with its supporters over the next five years. During the fundraising phase, a Campaign Advisory Committee (CAC) of laity and clergy provided guidance and oversight, supported by the Together in Faith office circulating regular updates to more than 350 volunteers and clergy through its weekly newsletter.
When the Campaign phase concluded, it was necessary that an appropriate group should take responsibility for the stewardship of Together in Faith restricted funds (currently £6.4 million in ring-fenced cash and growing steadily) and how these are managed and allocated in accordance with the restricted objectives of the campaign.
Bishop Peter and the Diocesan Trustees assembled an all-volunteer team of suitably qualified lay and clergy leaders, whose support for Together in Faith, professional skills, and independence lend themselves to these key leadership positions. The group, after its initial meetings, now meets quarterly and has issued seven reports and updates to Together in Faith donors, the latest in July 2016 reporting on the positon at end March.
A full list of Stewardship Committee Members is given below.
Together in Faith supporters will also receive regular correspondence from Bishop’s House, and read stories in The Vine, as well as receiving regular updates from their parishes.
The Stewardship Committee may be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
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Members of the Stewardship Committee
Bernard Waddingham (Chair) From Holy Cross Parish in Bedford. Bernard has brought to the Committee a wealth of experience in finance, including 32 years with Exel plc, retiring as Controller, Treasury and Head Office. He has current commitments as Treasurer of The Knights of the Holy Sepulchre in England and Wales, and Treasurer at Holy Cross.
Mgr Séan Healy
Vicar-General of the Diocese.
Parish priest of St Augustine’s, Daventry.
Chair of the CAC.
Fr. John McArdle
Parish priest of St Joseph’s, Luton
Judge on Diocesan Tribunal.
Member of Arts & Architecture group of Liturgy Commission, and Historic Churches Committee.
Hugh Davies, FRICS
Diocesan Director of Finance and Development.
Parishioner and Chair of Finance Committee at Sacred Heart, Flitwick.
Retired founding director of Buro Four Project Services.
Parishioner, Member of the Parish Council and Chair of Finance Committee at Holy Cross, Bedford.
Member of Parish Leadership team for Together in Faith campaign.
Over 35 years banking experience, mostly in the City of London.
Parishioner of St Teresa's Beaconsfield, having lived there for the past 27 years.Retired after 30 years in Banking and 15 years as Director of an Irish Foreign Exchange Company, in which his responsibilities were primarily Internal Audit and Compliance.
Parishioner of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Great Missenden for some 35 years.Having retired after a long career in the Civil Service and Financial Sector, Peter has, in recent years, participated in Parish, Deanery (now Pastoral Area) and Catholic School activities. In Peter's view, the Together in Faith programme benefits greatly from the supervision provided by (past and present) professional and worldly-wise volunteers.
Parishioner of Sacred Heart in Northampton. Vice President of the SVP Conference at the Sacred Heart Church. Chairman of the Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice. Worked for Northampton Borough Council for 33 years Currently employed by Northamptonshire County Council, as a Deputy Registrar on a part time basis.
Attends St Mary's in Woburn Sands. A governor at Bishop Parker Combined School for 15 years. Background in marketing, currently semi-retired business advisor/consultant working with start-ups, small businesses and "not-for-profit" enterprises.
David Williams MBE, JP, represents Daventry parish. Attended Cotton College Junior Seminary in North Staffs, overlapping there with Bishop Leo McCartie. He has 5 children and 7 Grandchildren. He was on the original Campaign Advisory committee when the Together in Faith campaign was first launched.He is /was Chairman of several other local and National Charities. He is chairman of the Family Group of companies. In the 2014 Birthday Honours he was awarded an MBE for Services to the Community and Northamptonshire Charities ( TIF being one of them).
Parishioner of St Joseph's Gerrards Cross.Currently Director, Group Treasury, Tax, & Insurance of BT Group plc and trustee director of BT Pension Scheme. Chair of Governors of St Joseph's Catholic Primary School.