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Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Image

Left to right

Mark Davison
Mgr Peter Rosser
Susan Rix
Mgr Donal Lucey
Maureen Fletcher
Timothy Parr
Bishop Marcus Stock
Inset right:
Deacon Joseph Cortis
Vivienne Birch
Bishop of Leeds, Chair of Trustees

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.

Timothy Parr, Vice Chair of Trustees & Chair of Finance & Property Sub-Committee

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.

Mgr Peter Rosser, Trustee

Appointed in 2006, Mgr. Rosser is Chair of our Health & Safety Sub-Committee. He also serves as Chaplain to the Carmelite Sisters and as a Prison Chaplain.

Mgr Donal Lucey, Trustee

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, Trustee

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. She was honoured with an award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Catholic Education’ from Leeds Trinity on her retirement. Since retiring she volunteers with the Cross and Passion Sisters, is active in her parish and is a Governor at Leeds Trinity University.

Deacon Joseph Cortis, Trustee

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.
Deacon Joe is the Chair of St John Fisher Catholic Academy Council -Dewsbury and Chair of the Blessed Peter Snow Catholic Academy Trust. Currently he is the Co-ordinator of Caritas Leeds. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2015.

Maureen Fletcher, Trustee

Maureen was appointed in 2015. She qualified as a teacher in 1977 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.

Mark Davison, Trustee

Mark is an internationally acclaimed composer, producer and humanitarian. Under his professional name of Benson Taylor he has been writing music for film, television and writing/recording for over 10 years. He co owns and runs 2 successful recording studios. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his services to Music & Humanitarian Causes.

Mark’s other charitable positions include:
Celebrity Ambassador - CAFOD [2016]
Patron – Music & The Deaf [2015]
Member of the Justice & Peace Commission Leeds [2017]

Vivienne Birch, Trustee

Vivienne is the Quality and Compliance Director for Bupa Care Services for whom she has worked for many years, holding various management positions. She is an experienced Care Home Leader and an experienced nurse with a Masters Degree in Advance Nurse Practice. Vivienne began her career as a Registered Nurse and qualified as a Midwife in 1983. She is also experienced in dementia care.

Director & Senior Management

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Carol Hill, Director

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, where she continues to build on our strengths.

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Craig Beedle, Head of Finance

Craig is a chartered accountant with over 20 years of industry experience in senior finance roles. He trained with Deloitte and went on to be the finance director of a £150m food wholesale business. He joined us in 2016 in order to live out his faith, by using his skills to contribute to helping the more vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community.

Staff & volunteers


Our team of staff and volunteers are all dedicated to meeting the needs of people who use our services and to supporting their families and friends. We deeply value our loyal and dedicated staff – something which shows up in our low turnover rate. Without our dedicated volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to deliver such a wide range of services to so many disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised people in the community.