St Bride's: Worship & Ministry: Who's Who At St Bride's

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St Bride's: Worship & Ministry

Who's Who At St Bride's

The Reverend Canon Dr Alison Joyce


Rector of St Bride's

Alison Joyce was born in West London, and grew up in Sussex. After reading Classics at University she trained for the ordained ministry in Oxford, at Ripon College Cuddesdon. Her Curacy was served in rural Oxfordshire; she then moved to Birmingham where she lectured in Christian Ethics and Anglican Studies at Queen's College (now The Queen's Foundation). She was Associate Priest at St Anne's Church, Moseley for a number of years, followed by a period on the staff of Birmingham Cathedral. In 2005 she took over as Priest-in-Charge (and subsequently Vicar) of Edgbaston Old Church, combining this post with the roles of Chaplain to Elmhurst School for Dance (the feeder school for Birmingham Royal Ballet), and Recognised Chaplain to the University of Birmingham. Between 1999 and 2014 she was Chaplain to the Community of St John the Divine, Alum Rock (the religious order featured in the television series 'Call the Midwife'). Alison has a lifelong passion for all things historical, and her book, Richard Hooker and Anglican Moral Theology, was published by OUP in 2012. She plays the cello for fun (and therapy!).

Alison is married to Paul, who is a Professor of Biblical Studies at King's College, London, and they have two adult daughters. She regards the post of Rector of St Bride's as being 'probably the most interesting job in the Church of England!'

The Reverend Dr Jeffrey Lake


Associate Priest (SSM)

Jeff was brought up in Swansea where he lived until leaving to study at the University of Exeter and later the University of Northern Colorado and University College Worcester. Jeff originally trained as a physical education teacher before moving into public health. He has twice worked abroad at a Methodist School in the Bahamas and later at the Singapore Health Promotion Board. He is currently a Public Health Consultant in the London Borough of Barnet and lives between London and Lewes.

Jeff's wife, Sandra, lecturers at the University of Brighton in teacher education specialising in children's literature. Jeff and Sandra met whilst they were both PhD students at Worcester. Sandra was raised in Fleet Street, her father having been the caretaker at Serjeants Inn. Their 'two centre' lifestyle presents challenges but they both greatly appreciate the cultural richness of London and the Sussex coast and countryside.

Jeff was brought up in the Church in Wales but drifted away before returning to the faith at an Ashram in Bangalore! He has trained for ministry at the South East Institute for Theological Education, attending classes at Southwark Cathedral. His sending church is St Laurence, Falmer.


Christopher Betterton



Christopher Betterton was appointed churchwarden in 2017.

Christopher has been involved in the life and worship of St Bride's since coming to London to study in 1985, working initially as a part time verger and has continued to assist as one of the team of vergers.

Christopher has been PCC Secretary for three periods since the 1990s, and has served in this post most recently since 2012.

In 2015 Christopher was appointed Deputy Marshal of the Guild of St Bride and took over responsibility for managing the Sunday church rota, arranging a team of about 80 volunteers who act as chalice assistants, ushers, readers and sidesmen at services. Christopher is also a member of the Sunday intercessions rota and has been responsible for the rota since 2004.

Away from St Bride's, Christopher has worked for the Church Commissioners for England since 1988, and is currently Investment Operations Manager within the Securities investment team, working to ensure that the strategy agreed by the Assets Committee is fully implemented.

Christopher likes to travel and spends as much time as possible in the North East of England.


Lucy Nutt


Lucy Nutt was appointed churchwarden in 2017.

Lucy first came to the church when she moved to London in 2011. Her journalist fiancé suggested that they came to the church.  Both of them were enamoured with the music and style of worship. They were married here in 2013, and have been attending regularly since then. She joined the Guild of St Bride in 2016.

Lucy joined the PCC in 2015, and has been helping on the Communications committee and Stewardship committee.

Lucy has worked in schools for most of her career, as a teacher then headteacher. She is now a Principal Lead Adviser in the School Standards Service in RBKC and Westminster, still working with schools.

Outside work Lucy relaxes by cooking or reading. She sings with the EC4 Choir who happen to rehearse, and often, perform in St Brides.


Nick Baldock



Nick Baldock was appointed churchwarden in 2018 having been a guildsman since 2006.

Nick has been worshipping at St Bride's for over 20 years. He works locally and heard the bells. He then heard the choir and that was it. He is a regular attender at evensong. Although entirely unmusical himself Nick loves choral music especially when combined with inspirational ministry and a warm welcome.

Nick is a barrister specialising in civil litigation with a particular interest in personal injury and property damage claims. Of far more importance are his roles as a husband and father. His wife, Lucy, is an author after a previous life in television as a producer of arts documentaries. They have one son who was christened at St Bride's.

When not as St Bride's or working Nick loves to spend time in the theatre, listening to music or, when he can, fly fishing. He attempts to keep fit and enters the occasional mud run just to prove he still can.


Valerie Locks



Peter Silver

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Churchwarden Emeritus

As the eldest son of a Camera Operator on the News Chronicle, I followed in my father's footsteps and became an apprentice with St Clements press, the commercial arm of the FT Group, in the shadow of St Paul's. Years later, as Marketing Director on the board of a leading typesetters, process engravers and printers in Clerkenwell, John Swain & Son and as Chairman of the Publicity Club of London, I read a lesson in the Publicity Carol Service (under the tutelage of the late Trevor Turner).

I fell under St Bride's spell and have become increasingly involved in the life of the church and its community, utilising my energy previously expended on chairing charity fundraising activities. As a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper makers I was married at St Bride's in 2003 and joined the Guild in 2004, often assisting at memorial services. Today I am also the Chairman of the Governors of the St Bride Foundation and a Trustee of St Bride's Media Trust.

As a Churchwarden I want to maintain and strengthen the ties between the Church and Foundation, ensure we continue to embrace our role as the 'spiritual home' of Fleet Street and also welcome the new professions that occupy the old newspaper offices and pressrooms of the past.


Lord Black of Brentwood

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Master of the Guild of St Bride


James Irving


Head of Finance and Fundraising

I came to St Bride's on a temporary contract in September 1991, my task being to re-organise the church's accounts. I augmented this project with cleaning and administrative duties and continued to do so until becoming Administrator in 1995.

Since then, my role has expanded greatly to include revenue and capital fundraising, preparing and delivering high-profile memorial services, carol services and concerts, dealing with charity governance and liaison with our media and corporate supporters. Although finance is my background, however, the most rewarding part of the job has always been the human side, and I take great pride in thinking of St Bride's as a source of support throughout my life, where I have celebrated my Confirmation, Wedding and our childrens' Baptism.


Claire Seaton



As Administrator, my main role is to coordinate the day to day running of the Church. This job ranges from booking and organising weddings to sewing up choir gowns. My desk is the first point of call for any enquiry and if I can't deal with it I will direct you to the person who can.

My career at St Bride's began when, as a Post Graduate singing student at the Royal Academy of Music, I became a choir deputy. After a few years a vacancy opened up and I was given the job. I am still a member of the choir and a large part of my administrative duties involve the musical side of the church.


Robin Turner


Head Verger

I am very pleased to be joining the team here at St Bride's. I bring with me a variety of skills and experience to use, share and add to.

Brought up in Stretford, Manchester, after being a chorister at the parish church I proceeded to become involved in all parish life. I trained as an Architectural Technician and this has given me a very particular eye for detail and a love of good design.

With 30 years behind me as server, master of ceremonies and verger, I look forward to working with Canon Alison and all who make up the church here, in welcome, hospitality, worship and in all that we do to reveal God's glory now and in the kingdom to come.