Senior leadership team
David Porter was appointed Chief of Staff and Strategy in 2016, having joined the senior Lambeth team as Director for Reconciliation in 2013. Before that he led Coventry Cathedral’s reconciliation ministry. David comes with experience in several Christian organisations at senior staff, CEO and board level and long experience in public affairs. He worked extensively on peacebuilding and reconciliation efforts in Northern Ireland, and was a member of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council and the Northern Ireland Civic Form.
- Advising the Archbishop on developing policy and defining his strategic priorities; convening and co-ordinating the Lambeth Palace senior team.
- Responsible for the Archbishop’s engagement in public affairs - including relationships with Whitehall and the Royal Households - working closely with the Social and Public Affairs Adviser, the Mission and Public Affairs Division, and special representatives.
- Overseeing staff management at Lambeth Palace, and ensuring it is a supportive and hospitable environment; maintaining internal relationships with the NCI’s chief officers and the Church Commissioners.
The Rt Revd Tim Thornton is the Bishop at Lambeth. Before arriving at Lambeth in 2017, he was Bishop of Truro, having previously been Bishop of Sherborne. A Yorkshireman by birth, Bishop Tim has been ordained for over 35 years. He has worked as a trustee of numerous organisations, and chaired conversations between Anglicans and Roman Catholics in Britain.
- Promoting strategic development in the College and House of Bishops.
- Advising the Archbishop on key areas from safeguarding to church renewal; responsible for the preparation of the Lambeth Conference 2020.
- Overseeing ministry and pastoral care of chaplains as Bishop to Her Majesty’s Forces and Bishop for the Falkland Islands.
Ailsa Anderson-Cole LVO is the Archbishop’s Director of Communications. Before joining Lambeth in 2013, Ailsa was Communications and Press Secretary to HM The Queen, having previously been Deputy Press Secretary and Head of News at Buckingham Palace. After starting her career on regional and national newspapers, Ailsa was press secretary to two ministers of state and a cabinet minister.
- Developing strategic-level communications to support the Archbishop’s ministry.
- Advising the Archbishop on the media and acting as his primary spokesperson.
- Overseeing the Lambeth Palace press office; convening the communications heads at Lambeth Palace, Church House and Bishopthorpe.
The Revd Dr Isabelle Hamley is Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Before moving to work at Lambeth Palace, Isabelle was Tutor in Biblical Studies at St John’s College, Nottingham and parish priest in Edwalton. She is passionate about the Old Testament, particularly the difficult texts and how they can speak to the church and the world today.
- Leading on the Archbishop’s priority of prayer and the renewal of the Religious life, including the Community of St Anselm.
- Overseeing the Archbishop’s publishing commitments and coordinating his involvement in services.
- Overseeing worship and providing pastoral care for staff and residents at Lambeth Palace.
Canon Sarah Snyder joined the senior team at Lambeth Palace in 2016 as the Archbishop’s Advisor for Reconciliation. As a theologian and trained mediator, Sarah has worked for many years with communities and senior religious leaders to promote faith-based reconciliation. She previously directed the Cambridge International Summer Schools for faith leaders from conflict zones, and is now the founding director of the Rose Castle Foundation, an international centre of reconciliation in the north of England.
- Supporting the Anglican Church to be an international agent of reconciliation, advising the Archbishop on appropriate conflict interventions.
- Representing the Archbishop on public platforms to advocate for Reconciliation.
- Overseeing the Reconciliation team at Lambeth Palace, establishing and developing longer term initiatives - in particular, the Reconciling Leaders Network.
The Revd Canon Chris Russell is the Archbishop’s advisor for evangelism and witness. Chris works part time on the Archbishop’s staff and is also vicar of St Laurence in Reading, which has a particular mission among young people.
- Advising the Archbishop on evangelism and witness and ensuring it remains central to his ministry.
- Overseeing the evangelism and witness staff and projects, including Thy Kingdom Come.
Bishop Anthony Poggo is the Archbishop’s Adviser on Anglican Communion Affairs. Previously he spent nine years as diocesan Bishop of Kajo-Keji in South Sudan, serving as both teacher and pastor. He worked for nine years with Scripture Union in Sudan and Uganda, and obtained his Masters in Theology in 1994, before becoming Executive Director of Christian NGO ‘Across’. In 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate for his role in mobilising the church in service of the community.
- Provide advice to the Archbishop on his relationship towards the provinces of the Anglican Communion.
- Develop and strengthen relationships throughout the Communion and support the Church of England’s engagement with the Communion.
- Manage and provide leadership to the Lambeth Anglican Communion team; develop closer links between Lambeth Palace and the Anglican Communion Office.
Rosemary leads on public affairs at Lambeth Palace. She has held policy and government relations roles in the UK and internationally, working for the head of the United Nations Development Programme in New York, as senior policy analyst for a group of global leaders, The Elders, and in Westminster and Whitehall as an international policy officer. Most recently Rosemary worked as an international policy consultant and career coach.
- Supporting the Archbishop’s work in the public sphere and representing his views to key stakeholders, including government and beyond.
- Helping to plan and deliver the Archbishop’s contributions on social and public issues.
- Leading on events and interventions by the Archbishop in the public arena.
The Revd Canon Mark Poulson has been the Archbishop’s Inter-Religious Affairs Adviser and the National Inter-Religious Affairs Adviser to the Church of England since 2015. Prior to this Mark was vicar of St John’s Church Southall for 11 years, an extraordinarily diverse area of West London where he has been instrumental in fostering relationships across different faith communities. His wife Anna is now the vicar of the church, allowing Mark to remain active in grassroots inter-religious engagement. Before ordination, he was a secondary school teacher in the West Midlands for nine years.
- Advising the Archbishop on his engagement with other religious communities both nationally and internationally.
- Resourcing the Archbishop and the Church of England on Inter Religious relations.
- Developing national strategy for mission and ministry in multi-religious contexts.
The Revd Dr Will Adam is the Archbishop’s Ecumenical Adviser and also works in the Council for Christian Unity of the Church of England at Church House, Westminster. Will was ordained in 1994 and served as a parish priest, most recently in London, before joining the senior staff at Lambeth Palace in early 2017. Throughout his ministry he has been involved in promoting reconciliation and unity between churches. Will retains a parish ministry as an honorary assistant priest in a rural parish in West Sussex.
- Supporting and advising the Archbishop in his relations with other Christian churches and their leaders.
- Representing the Archbishop on ecumenical bodies and dialogues.
- Staff responsibility for the Church of England’s relationship with the Catholic, Orthodox, Old Catholic and Nordic and Baltic Lutheran Churches.
Canon Flora Winfield was ordained in 1989 and has served in parish ministry and in university chaplaincy. Until 2017 she was the Anglican Communion Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva. Previously she has served as the Archbishop’s Secretary for Anglican Communion Affairs and as the National Ecumenical Officer for England. She is a Canon Emeritus of Winchester Cathedral. Flora has been a chaplain to the Army Reserve since 1997.
- Representing the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Commonwealth, supporting and advising the Archbishop in his relations with the Commonwealth.
- Serving as liaison between the Commonwealth and the Instruments of Communion, the dioceses and provinces of the Anglican Communion.
- Working with particular focus on participation in the Commonwealth Summit in London in April 2018.
Jack Palmer-White is the Anglican Communion’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Institutions in Geneva, which includes acting as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Personal Representative to the UN. Previously he spent five years working for the Archbishop in several roles, most recently as Social and Public Affairs Adviser. In his current role, he works to enable better relationships and more effective communication between the provinces and dioceses of the Communion and their UN partners.
- The Anglican Communion’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Institutions in Geneva, acting as the Communion’s ambassador to the UN.
- Supporting and advising the Archbishop in his relations with the United Nations Institutions in Geneva and New York.
- Supporting the Archbishop’s membership of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation.
Bishop Precious had a 33-year career in the private sector. He was ordained a priest in 2002 and started his vocation with church-planting in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2014, he joined the Lambeth Palace team as the Archbishop’s Advisor on Anglican Communion Affairs, and came into the current position in 2017. He was consecrated Bishop of South Sudan and Sudan in 2016. Precious is involved with dialogue to end the South Sudan and other conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa. He serves locally as an assistant bishop in Southwark diocese and an honorary assistant priest in Morden.
- Identifying areas of potential conflict, and proposing and deploying agreed strategies and plans for conflict prevention or mitigation.
- Working with individuals and groups to bring the Archbishop’s contribution for the amelioration, reduction and eventual cessation of conflict.
The Rt Revd Dr Robert Innes is the Bishop in Europe. He represents the Archbishop of Canterbury with the Institutions of the European Union. As Bishop in Europe, he looks after the Church of England’s 42nd and easily most extensive diocese.
Bishop Robert was consecrated as the Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe in July 2014. Before being made Bishop, he was Chancellor of the Pro-Cathedral of Holy Trinity, Brussels. He previously worked in parish ministry and theological education in Durham, England, and was educated in Cambridge and Durham.
He has published works on theological and psychological ideas of the self, St. Augustine, work and vocation and most recently on responding to the Professional Guidelines for the Conduct of the Clergy. His pre-ordination career was in engineering and business consultancy, working mostly for the firm that is now Accenture.