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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!'
(to be ordained Deacon on 4th July)
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.
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.
Jerry Wright is Chief Executive of ABC, the industry-owned body that provides a stamp of trust for media buyers, media owners, publishers and digital traders working in existing and emerging platforms. He has also been President of the IFABC, the 36-strong international federation of print and digital auditors, since October 2010.
Prior to ABC, Jerry worked for Unilever in the UK, Europe and Asia, latterly as Marketing Director at Birds Eye. He also oversaw the Unilever UK media planning and buying operation between 2004 -2006, when he was also a member of the ISBA Council.
Jerry has been involved with St Bride's since 1989, when he was married here and both of his children were christened at the church in the 1990s. He is a member of both the PCC and the Guild.
Jerry is a Liveryman of the Marketors, as well as a member of the Reform and Solus Clubs, and a particular enthusiast for music and sport, still actively participating in both. He is married to Clare and has two teenage children.
Helen Fraser was appointed as a churchwarden in 2013. She has been a member of the congregation for 15 years, and joined the PCC in 2012. Her stepdaughter was married in St Bride's in 2000, and two of her step-grandchildren were christened here also. She spent most of her working career in book publishing, working for Collins, Reed Consumer Books and for thirteen years was managing director of Penguin Books in the UK. In 2010 she moved into a very different area, education, and is chief executive of The Girls' Day School Trust, the UK's twelfth largest charity, which educates 20,000 girls in 24 independent schools and 2 academies. She was awarded a CBE in the New Years' Honours List for services to publishing.
Guy Black has spent most of his working life in the media and communications industry. Currently Executive Director at the Telegraph Media Group, which he joined in 2005, he started in the media as Director of the Press Complaints Commission in 1996. The PCC was then based in Salisbury Square, a stone's throw from St Bride's and Guy has been going there ever since.
Over the last few years Guy has played a leading role in the issues arising from the Leveson Inquiry. As Chairman of the Press Standards Board of Finance, he has been involved in setting up the new industry regulator, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPS0), which is the successor body to the PCC. He is keenly involved in the battle for press freedom at home and abroad. In the UK he has led the industry's campaign against the Royal Charter on press regulation. And since 2009 he has been Chairman of the Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust, which seeks to preserve and enhance press freedom throughout the Commonwealth.
He has been closely involved in a number of the industry's charities. He is President of the Printing Charity, and is leading the Centenary Appeal for the Journalists' Charity. He is also President of the London Press Club.
Away from the media, Guy is a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum and sits on the Council of the Royal College of Music. Music has been a life-long passion, and so Guy particularly appreciates the extraordinary music-making of St Bride's choir. He is a Governor his old school, Brentwood School, and retains strong links with Peterhouse, Cambridge from which he graduated in history.
He was appointed to the House of Lords in 2010, and has spoken widely on issues ranging from press freedom to the welfare of cats and dogs and the future of England's Cathedrals.
Sir David Bell is the Master of the Guild of St Bride. Sir David, a former Church Warden rose from being Washington Correspondent of the Financial Times to Chairman in 1996. Since then, he has held many senior and executive positions in public life and was the major force behind the building of the pedestrian bridge spanning the River Thames, known originally as the wobbly bridge.
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.
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.
I came to St Bride's in 2008 from a background in catering and interior design. My first job title was Administrative Assistant and while that is still at the core of my job it has grown since then to encompass responsibility for all publicity material and arranging major events such as concerts, The Jubilee Lunch party and the annual Summer party.
Outside of St Bride's my interests include Latin music, DJing, wine tasting and travelling.
In the eight years since leaving my career in factory management, my duties at St. Brides have evolved from the ministry of welcome, service preparation, cleaning, and maintenance work to include the leading of minor worship, listening to personal problems, and guiding visitors. Basically I have tried to do anything which no-one else in our lovely team has had the time to do. It has been the sheer variety of the duties required, and the unpredictable nature of them which I have found to have made the job so interesting. To work in a house of prayer has been a great privilege.
Outside work, my wife Ann, for whom I left my beloved Peak District to come to London, has been my "rock" of support, and my three sons and four grand children have continued to be a great joy. Railways, walking, and gardening have proved to be as good in Kent as they were in Derbyshire.