Media Centre

Communications Office

The Communications Office at Church House, Westminster, provides a 24-hour, seven day a week service on behalf of the National Church Institutions, including the Archbishops' Council, the Church Commissioners and the Church of England Pensions Board.

Contacts
National media enquiries or contacts in dioceses: 020 7898 1326
Out of hours queries: 07774800212
General email enquiries: cofe.comms@churchofengland.org

Communications Office team

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Rev Arun Arora - Director of Communications Arun is a former employment lawyer who served as Diocesan Communications Officer and Bishop's Press Officer in the Diocese of Birmingham (his home town) before training for ordination at Cranmer Hall, Durham. He served his curacy at St. Marks Harrogate and was Director of Communications for the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu. He ran a Fresh Expression Pioneer church in Wolverhampton before taking up his current role in 2012.

Direct line: +44 (0)207 898 1462

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Rachel Harden Deputy Director
Leading on safeguarding communications both internally and externally working closely with Lambeth, Bishopthorpe and dioceses. Politics degree/NCTJ journalism/CIPR diploma in crisis comms. Reporter on Liverpool Daily Post plus 15 years as freelancer including Church Times and BBC campaigns.

Direct line: +44 (0)207 898 1464

Neill Harvey Smith

Neill Harvey-Smith Head of Media
Neill leads the media team working closely with dioceses, Lambeth and Bishopthorpe. He also serves the Church of England's work on mission and public affairs. Neill was previously Director of Communications for a diocese, and before that a consultant, trainer and writer in the communications field.

Direct line: +44 (0)207 898 1221


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Martha Linden Senior Media Officer
Martha focuses on the CofE's work on parliamentary and public affairs, across a broad range of issues including banking reform, foodbanks, prisons, medical ethics, international affairs and domestic policy.  She also works on media for the Church Urban Fund. Martha has a background in journalism and previously worked for the Press Association for 16 years.

Direct line: +44 (0)207 898 1621

Anna Small

Anna McCrum Senior Media Officer

Anna leads on media enquiries regarding cathedrals and church buildings and works as part of a team on other areas including education matters and research and statistics. A qualified solicitor, Anna has worked in communications in the legal profession as well as for the Church of England, as Diocesan Communications Officer at St Albans Diocese and more recently at St Albans Cathedral. Anna holds an MA in Geography from Oxford University.

Direct line: +44 (0)207 898 1463



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Talitha Proud Digital Media Officer
As Digital Media officer, Tallie is responsible for the organisation's social media accounts including Facebook and Twitter alongside updating the Church of England website when necessary. With a background in photography and design she will be co-ordinating with internal departments and working with dioceses on their digital media needs. She previously worked in communications for Chichester Diocese.

Direct line: +44 (0) 207 898 1457


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Nardine Soloman Marketing Officer
Nardine's responsibilities include coordinating the media and communications training programme for Bishops and managing a portfolio of media workshops and seminars attended by Church and Charity sector employees nationally. Nardine has previously held events & marketing positions for leading charities, educational bodies and media organisations. She originally studied philosophy at university and has taught in sixth form and adult education colleges.

Direct line: +44 (0) 207 898 1459

Ben Hollebon

Ben Hollebon Media Officer
As Media Officer, Ben's responsibilities revolve around supporting the Communications Office with creative input and design work, as well as being involved in digital communications. His background is in Marketing and Digital Design, previously working for Memralife Group who run Spring Harvest and Youthwork the conference.

Direct line: +44 (0)207 898 1428

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Chris Le Marquand Communications Officer
Chris is part of the Communications team focusing on issues relating to the Church Commissioners and Pensions Board. He previously headed up communications for a network of churches, and before that worked in parliament and public affairs. He has a degree in History from Oxford University.

Direct line: +44 (0)207 898 1682

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Suzanne Gray Projects Officer
Suzanne is Projects Officer for the Projects and Developments team, which is running the Baptisms and Funerals projects and also the continuing work on the Weddings Project. Previously she worked in marketing for a music examination board and for the National Blood Service.

Direct line: +44 (0)207 898 1465

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