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.
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.
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.
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) 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, 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.