Andrew is the Secretary and Chief Executive of the Church Commissioners. He took up post in 2003 having spent the previous eight and a half years as the Commissioners' first Chief Surveyor. Prior to joining the Commissioners he was a partner in a private practice firm of Chartered Surveyors based in central London, advising on investment property matters throughout the UK. He also chairs the CMS Pension Fund, sits on the investment committee of Lionheart (RICS Benevolent Fund), and is a director of the William Leech Foundation and Investment Company, based in Newcastle. He is an accredited mediator and a trustee of Mediation Hertfordshire. He is married with two grown-up children.
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.
Joseph is Chief Surveyor, his responsibilities covering all sectors of the Church Commissioners £1.7 billion property investment portfolio, including directly held assets in the UK and indirect global assets. His specific responsibilities include asset allocation, devising investment strategies across the commercial, residential and rural sectors, active management of long-term land banks, and global indirect property investment and management. Joseph is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and has spent his career with the Church since 1987.
Edward is Head of Responsible Investment, ensuring that we implement our ethical and responsible investment commitments. He took up his position in August 2014 having previously served for five years as Secretary of the Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG), advising the Commissioners and other national investing bodies of the Church on ethical investment. Prior to working at the Church of England, Edward served for 15 years as a British diplomat, leaving in 2005 to help establish the diplomatic advisory group Independent Diplomat.
Paul is Secretary to the Pastoral, Bishoprics & Cathedrals and Church Buildings (Uses & Disposals) Committees, overseeing the funding of bishops and cathedrals, the provision of bishops' housing, parish reorganisation and the disposal of church buildings closed for regular worship. He joined the Church Commissioners in 2004, having previously been Borough Planning Officer in Hastings. Paul is married with three school age children and lives on the south coast.
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) and he also heads our Office Services department. 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, Stephen is also the Commissioners' Official Solicitor. Educated at Aylesbury Grammar School and Christ Church, Oxford Stephen served as a solicitor in private practice (1979-84) before taking senior legal roles with the Charity Commission, first in Liverpool then in Taunton, between 1984 and 2001, when he came to Church House. Married with three children, Stephen enjoys gardening, music and history.
Yasmin is the Head of IT for the National Church Institutions (NCIs); a member of the Commissioners' senior staff team but providing IT services for the other NCIs under shared service arrangements. She took up her role in June 2014 having spent over 20 years managing IT functions in the public sector and 3 years heading up IT Strategy and Change at British Gas. A member of several IT Chief Officer Forums, Yasmin received an MSc in Organisational Behaviour after a first degree in Law. She has a partner of 35 years, three grown up children and two grandchildren.