Clergy Development

The aim of Clergy Development is to help clergy as they continue to grow and learn in ministry and theology, from curacy to retirement, so they in turn can help their congregations learn and grow in spiritual depth, in mission and in service.

Clergy Development Team 

There is a team of five Clergy Development Officers working together across the diocese. Each Clergy Development Officer oversees both the Initial Ministerial Education for the Curates (IME) and Continuing Ministerial Development (CMD) for the clergy in their own episcopal area. 

Please contact one of the following with any of your enquiries about CMD or with requests for CMD grants:

Clergy Development Officers                                  

  Diocesan Director of Clergy Development &
Clergy Development Officer, Leeds area
Revd Cat Thatcher Clergy Development Officer, Bradford area
Revd Cat Thatcher 
01535 648391
Clergy Development Officer, Ripon area
Revd Marion Russell
01756 795625


Clergy Development Officer, Wakefield area
The Ven Peter Townley 
Office: 01924 434459

Stephen Kelly Clergy Development Officer, Huddersfield area
Revd Dr Sarah Farrimond


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