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Board of Trustees Back Row (Left to Right) Fr Martin Kelly, Rev Dr Joseph Cortis, Mr Tim Parr, Mr Kevin Devers, Mgr Donal Lucey;
Front Row (Left to Right ) Mrs Susan Rix, Bishop Marcus Stock, Ms Vivienne Birch, Maureen Fletcher (not pictured).

Board of Trustees

Martin Kelly

Fr. Martin Kelly

Originally from Northern Ireland, Fr. Martin Kelly has been a priest of the Diocese of Leeds for 22 years. Currently he’s parish priest of Holy Redeemer Parish in Huddersfield. As well as being a trustee of Catholic Care, he also serves as trustee of the Blessed Peter Snow Catholic Academy Trust and the Bethlehem Care and Hospice Trust.

Joseph Cortis

Deacon Joseph Cortis

Rev. Dr. Joseph Cortis has a background in adult and mental health nursing which includes a long period as an educational manager, academic and senior lecturer at the University of Leeds. His last position was that of Associate Director of Education for post-graduate courses for the School of Healthcare. He was also the Chair of Dewsbury and District Community Health Council for a period of six years. He has extensive past experience as Chair of Governors for one of our Diocesan secondary schools and Chair of one of the five Diocesan Academy Trusts.

Deacon Joe has been the Co-Ordinator of Caritas Leeds since 2016 and has links with Christians on Ageing, Leeds Citizens, Growing Old Gracefully and Leeds Church Institute. He was appointed to the Board of Catholic Care Trustees in 2015.

Tim Parr

Tim Parr

Appointed in 2006, Timothy is a chartered accountant. Tim grew up in Leeds and attended St Thomas Aquinas Grammar School in the city prior to reading law at Bristol University and going on to become a chartered accountant and a chartered tax adviser. He now works as a senior tax partner at RSM Chartered Accountants in Leeds.

Tim joined the Catholic Care board in 2006 and is now vice chair of the trustees and chairman of the finance and property sub-committee.

Tim lives in Idle in Bradford with his wife Claire and has 5 grown up children. Tim was appointed a knight of the pontifical order of St Sylvester by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008.

Kevin Devers

Kevin Devers

Kevin Devers is one of several new trustees overseeing Catholic Care. Born and bred in Headingley, of Irish heritage, Kevin now lives in Sherburn in Elmet while enjoying close links with Alwoodley. He’s a proud father of three and grandfather of four (and counting).

Kevin spent many years in the motor industry heading-up a national multi-franchised fleet sale operation. After studying at the University of Leeds, Kevin qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and developed a successful ‘high street’ practice before retiring.

Kevin has a deep-seated interest in mental health matters and development issues, especially autism.

Donal Lucey

Donal Lucey

Mgr Lucey was appointed in 2007 and is also the Charity’s Spiritual Adviser. He is also a trustee of the House of Light Leeds and Faith and Light Chaplain. Mgr Lucey is also a Trustee of Faith and Light UK and is the National Chaplain for Faith and Light.


Susan Rix

Sue was appointed in 2014. She retired as Deputy Headteacher of a Catholic Secondary School where she was also responsible for pastoral care of the school community. On her retirement she was honoured with an award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Catholic Education’ from Leeds Trinity University.

Since retiring Sue has become an ex-officio Governor of Leeds Trinity University where she represents the Sisters of the Cross and Passion.

Marcus Stock

Bishop Marcus Stock

Born in London, 1961, Educated at Oxford University (Theology) and the Pontifical Gregorian University (License in Dogmatic Theology), Rome. Ordained Deacon by Cardinal George Basil Hume and Ordained a Priest by Archbishop Couve de Murville in 1988 for the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

Exercised parochial ministry from 1988 to 2009 in several parishes including, as Parish Priest, Dorchester-on-Thames, Bloxwich and Coleshill. Extra parochial duties have included: Theology Tutor, Permanent Diaconate Formation (1989-1994); RE Teacher, European School, Culham (1991-1994); Assistant Director of Schools (1995-1999) and Director of Schools, Archdiocese of Birmingham (1999-2009). General Secretary, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (November 2009 to 2014) and Acting Director of the Catholic Education Service (November 2011 to April 2013).

He was consecrated on 13th of November 2014 and installed as the tenth Bishop of the Diocese on 13th November 2014. Bishop Marcus is currently also the Chair of the Department of Education of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and Chair of the Catholic Education Service.

Vivienne Birch

Vivienne Birch

Vivienne is now retired but worked for many years at Bupa Care Services in senior positions leading on Quality and Compliance and formerly Operations. She trained as a nurse and midwife and gained further qualifications in healthcare management and dementia care.

Maureen Fletcher

Maureen Fletcher

Maureen was appointed in 2015. She qualified as a teacher in 1976 and taught in a variety of schools in the Leeds Diocese before retiring as Headteacher of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Batley Carr. She is an experienced Catechist and Minister in her parish.

Senior Management


Carol Hill

Carol is a chartered accountant. She previously worked in senior positions at Deloitte, Consort Homes and Westward Care. She took up her current role in 2012, and continues to build on our strengths.


Rachel Wilkinson

Rachel Wilkinson is an educational and care therapeutic practitioner with over 30 years’ experience of interdisciplinary expertise, which has included completing a headship in a highly specialist provision taking it from special measures to Good in one year, which led her to senior leadership in a local authority.

She lives in Tees Valley where she loves to exercise and occasionally relax whilst enjoying life with her 4 children and 6 grandchildren.


Stephanie Wild

Stephanie is a chartered accountant with 20 years of experience in senior private and public sector roles. She took up her current role in 2021, Stephanie has 3 children and lives in Ilkley in West Yorkshire.

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– An older person.