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 (approximately £9million in ring-fenced cash) 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 ten reports and updates to Together in Faith donors, the latest in August 2017.
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
Mgr Séan Healy
Vicar-General of the Diocese.
Parish priest (from 18.9.17) of St Teresa's, Beaconsfield.
Chair of the CAC (see above)
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.
Peter Commons - Chair
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 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.
Bernard Waddingham 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 until recently been Treasurer of The Knights of the Holy Sepulchre in England and Wales
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.
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.