The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is the executive committee of the parish of St Michael & All Angels, Bedford Park, and consists of clergy and churchwardens of the parish, together with representatives of the laity. Legally the council is responsible for the financial affairs of the church parish and the maintenance of its assets, such as churches and church halls, and promoting the mission of the church.
Father Kevin Morris
Father Kevin became Vicar of St Michael’s on 24th May 1996. He was born and educated in South Wales and later read music in North Wales, studying composition with William Mathias and Jeffrey Lewis. After this he spent a year in Pakistan, working with USPG in Lahore, before theological college in Cambridge. As part of his formation for ordination, Fr Kevin spent some time in Jerusalem, teaching at St George’s College. More….
Father Edward Barlow
Father Edward came to St. Michael’s as Assistant Curate following his Ordination as Deacon in July 2016. He trained for ministry at Cranmer Hall, part of Durham University. Originally from Cheshire and a former chorister at Manchester Cathedral, Fr. Edward studied Philosophy at the University of Glasgow before training as an RE teacher at York St. John University. More…
Nicola Chater is one of the two Church wardens and has been coming to St Michael & All Angels since 1990, when she first moved into Chiswick. She is married to Chris, and they have one daughter – Davina, who was both baptised and confirmed at the church. For 20 years, she was employed in the sales and marketing side of hotels. 20 years ago, she started her own company which promotes overseas destinations for corporate groups such as meetings, conferences and incentive events.
Dinah became a Church warden at St Michael & All Angels in 2016. Since 2001 she has run her own PR, communications and event management company, Experience Really Counts, organising specialised, high profile events for a range of public sector and private companies. Dinah worked for almost 20 years in corporate affairs at the BBC, finally responsible for corporate events and publications, public consultations and the BBC’s accountability programme. She has lectured and broadcast on media and accountability issues. She is a Trustee of The Laura Sadler Memorial Fund, was the founding Festival Administrator of the Chiswick Book Festival, and chairs the Marie Curie Carols in the City Committee.
I am currently St Michael’s Treasurer, which means I am also a member of the PCC and its small Standing Committee. I am responsible for providing the PCC with an annual draft budget and with management accounts for most meetings; for submitting the Annual Accounts to the Annual Parochial Church Meeting; and for counting collections taken at Sunday services, for which I am assisted by a team of excellent helpers. I am greatly helped in many of my Treasurer roles by our book-keeper, Giles Tibbitts.
I spent almost all my career on the staff of the UK Parliament, finishing in 2011 as Clerk of the House of Lords. Although now retired, I keep quite busy and sometimes wonder how I found time for work. I have lived in Chiswick since 1973 and of course have seen a great many changes. When I arrived, there was almost nowhere to eat in the High Road! I first came to St Michael’s in 1979 but was not a very regular attender until 2010. I have two grown-up daughters and a grand-daughter, with another on the way. One daughter, Rebecca, is an actress and lives in Chiswick with her husband Nick.
I’ve been coming to St Michael’s and living in the area for some years now, since moving to the area from Ealing in 2009. I am responsible for organising refreshments and catering for Church functions, and am also a member of the serving team during services. As of April 2016 I am also a member of the PCC. I have been known to arrange the odd drink-up or two in the Tabard pub opposite the church as part of our Men’s Society group! I am a Train Driver and Union rep for the London Underground but previously worked in the hospitality industry in the West End.
Ian and I have lived in Chiswick since 1978 and enjoyed raising our family here. Eight years ago, I joined St Michael’s and I love the community and its energy. For four years I led the Charities Group and I am also on the PCC. Since 2009, I have volunteered for the Microloan Foundation, using my experience as an agricultural economist and a teacher to develop an agricultural loans programme among women in Malawi and Zambia to improve their sustainability.
I have lived in Bedford Park for most of my life and began coming to St Michael’s in my pram. I was Christened at St Michael’s (by Fr Bebe) and married at St Michael’s (by Fr Kevin). I was recently churchwarden for four years, responsible for the Readers rota among other things, and I will have one more year on the PCC. As a fundraiser, I have worked for many arts organisations across my career including ENO, the Royal Opera House, Rambert Dance Company, The Art Fund, Sadler’s Wells and D’Oyly Carte Opera.
I have been a member of St Michael’s since I moved to Shepherd’s Bush with my husband, heavily pregnant, in 2001. After Finlay and, later, Oli were born I took my turn helping in the creche and then joined the Children’s Church team. A few years’ later I was approached to take over the co-ordination of the Children’s Church and help co-ordinate the Children’s Ministry and I’ve been doing it ever since. I said I would keep doing it ’til i got it right’…and I’m still here! I have a fantastic team of helpers who generously give their time two or three Sunday’s a term to take part in the Children’s Church sessions. They do a great job – we know this because we have such a consistent gaggle of children that keep coming back.
I love the Children’s Ministry and the refreshing take on our faith that children give us…intentionally or not! My favourite Children’s Church events are the crib service and the special little services Father Kevin and Sarah give for the children on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and Ascension Day. My ‘day job’, for want of a better word, has changed recently. After taking quite a few years out to raise my family (and hold down an sensible part-time job) I have returned to professional acting and am muddling my way through making a go of it. St Michael’s had a part in this too as it was at the Bedford Park Festival in 2014 that I was cast in my first professional engagement in over 10 years – Under Milk Wood!
Phoebe Woollam is a member of the PCC at St Michael & All Angels. She was head of music at The Lady Eleanor Holles School until her retirement and has led the Bedford Park Festival Mass – see photo from 2004. She occasionally plays the organ at St Michael’s and at St Peter’s. Fuller biography to follow.