Gareth joined the Commissioners in 2018 from De Beers plc, where he was the Board Director responsible for Strategy and Corporate Affairs, prior to which he was Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to becoming Secretary and Chief Executive of the Church Commissioners, Gareth held the role of CFO and was responsible for providing financial leadership across the NCIs, encompassing the Church Commissioners, Archbishops' Council and Church of England Pensions Board. In addition, he oversaw broader shared service operations in the NCIs, with the departments of Finance, HR, Technology and Facilities reporting to him.
Tom is the Commissioners' Director of Investments, responsible for oversight of the investment function and management of the multi-asset portfolio. He previously worked as Chief Investment Officer of RMB Asset Management after a number of years at Schroder Investment Management. He started his career at Royal Sun Alliance Investment Management and is an associate member of the CFA Society of the UK.
Philip has long experience in various areas of the Church Commissioners' work having joined in 1988. He currently heads the Resource Strategy & Development Unit, ensuring that the funds managed by the Church Commissioners are being used effectively to advance the spiritual and numerical growth of the Church. The unit also advises and supports the senior leadership teams of dioceses on how best to allocate their resources to develop Church growth.
John is the Commissioners' Head of Real Estate, responsible for all real assets within the Commissioners’ multi-asset portfolio. He previously worked as head of Strategic Land Investment for the Commissioners after a number of years at Drivers Jonas LLP (now Deloitte Real Estate). John started his career at Knight Frank LLP and has worked across the UK and in Spain. John is a Chartered Surveyor and a Chartered Town Planner.
The Church Commissioners provide housing and office accommodation for Diocesan Bishops and Archbishops in England and fund their working costs. Michael is responsible for leading the Commissioners work in serving bishops and cathedrals in their ministry throughout England. Michael is also Secretary to the Bishoprics and Cathedrals Committee and part of the team tasked with implementing the recommendations of the Cathedrals Working Group. He joined the Church Commissioners from the Diocese of Chelmsford in February 2019 after six and a half years as Director of Development and Property.
Declan joined the Church Commissioners in 2005 following a career at the BBC and the Department of Health. He is the Church's first Director of Libraries and Archives (a post created following a detailed review of its documentary heritage). A Chartered Librarian and Member of the Archives and Records Association, Declan received an MSc in Information Science after a first degree in Physiology. He has also served as vice-Chair of the National Council on Archives. He is married with three grown up children.
In addition to his roles as Head of the Church of England Legal Office and Chief Legal Adviser to the Archbishops' Council and the General Synod, Alexander is also the Commissioners' Official Solicitor. Alexander was Deputy Head of the Legal Office for ten years. He was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1996 and practised in chambers in London, specialising in public and administrative law. He was ordained deacon in 2006 and priest in 2007 and serves as a self-supporting minister in the Diocese of London.