CMD Panel Members

The current membership was agreed at the February 2015 meeting of the Ministry Council:

Rt Revd Tim Thornton  

Bishop of Truro and Chair of the CMD Panel. 


Revd Lesley BentleyLesley Bentley

Lesley Bentley is Director of Ministry for the Diocese of Lichfield.  In this role she is responsible for all in-service training of clergy within the diocese, including IME phase 2 plus the diocesan MDR scheme.  She also heads the Diocesan Ministry team, including the DDO, Director of Lay Development, the SSM officer  and Director of Reader and OLM training tutor.  Ordained originally as a deaconess, she has experience of parish ministry in UPA, village and suburban areas as well as in a Local Ecumenical Partnership.  Prior to her present role she was Team Rector in Bilton, the northern area of Harrogate.  With Tim Ling she edited and contributed to ‘Developing Faithful Ministers’ (2012).  Currently she has a particular interest in the development of lay and clergy teams within multi-parish benefices.  Her hobbies include hill walking and gardening. 


Stuart Burns

Revd Dr Stuart Burns

Stuart is Director of Mission and Ministry in the Leicester Diocese. He has been ordained since 2003 and in his current post since 2006. He has previous experience in Independent Church Leadership. His current role includes working across Lay and Clergy development and training, as well as facilitating parish development. His undergraduate degrees were in Education and Theology, he has an MA in Management Learning and Leadership, and MA in Biblical and Patristic Theology, and a PhD from Leeds University. Research interests include Action Learning and Action Research, Leadership and Coaching development. 


Lynn ComerLynn Comer

Lynn is the the Central Readers’ Council’s representative on the Panel and National Advisor for Reader Continuing Ministerial Development. Licensed as a Reader serving in the parish St Luke the Evangelist in York Lynn has experience as a Deanery Sub-Warden and Archdeaconry Secretary.She is Director of Reader Studies for the Diocese and facilitates ministerial formation and development for pre and post licensed Readers and those who support Reader Ministry, working closely with our Warden, DDO, training team and Bishops. Alongside this she is Director of the School of Ministry for York Diocese, managing the delivery of the Common Awards programmes across our three regional hubs and teaching on a variety of modules. She also works two days a week as a Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ministry at York St John University, teaching on the Theology and Ministry programmes. 



Revd Dr Roger Matthews

Dean of Mission and Ministry Chelmsford diocese. 


Rick Simpson

Revd Rick Simpson

Rick has worked with curates and training incumbents in the dioceses of Durham and Newcastle since 2006, having previously been a curate and then incumbent in Newcastle. He is Formational Tutor for IME 4-7 / Phase 2 in the Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership, and Priest-in-Charge of St. Brandon’s, Brancepeth, Durham. He is the author of the Grove Booklet on Supervising a Curate, and has also written on blasphemy, medical ethics, pluralism and Philip Pullman’s novels. He has a BA and M.Phil in Theology, a PGCE, and a MA in Consultancy for Mission and Ministry. He has been ordained since 1993. He plays guitar, tennis and football, all with considerably more enthusiasm than skill, and enjoys fiction, cinema, wildlife, photography and trying to grow vegetables. 


Andrew TawnRevd Andrew Tawn

Andrew is Director of Lay and Clergy Development in the Leeds dioceses. His current responsibilities include organising IME phase 2 and CMD for clergy, Readers and laity. Ordained since 1989 he has previously served in parishes in the dioceses of Liverpool, Oxford and Bradford, alongside the roles of Warden of Readers, and IME 4-7 officer. He has undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Theology, a PGCE, and an MA in Ministry & Theology. 


Dr Tim Ling

Head of Ministry Development and Secretary to the CMD Panel. 


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