Our Synod Office Staff

KevinSynod Moderator
Revd Kevin Watson is our Moderator here in the Synod of Yorkshire, leading a busy life, caring pastorally for all our URC ministers (both serving and retired), and serving on various local, regional and national committees, for the URC and ecumenically.

If you wish to contact Kevin, please get in touch with his PA, Sally, (see below) and she will let you know the best way of reaching him at that time.

Alternatively you can email Kevin here.

TimSynod Clerk
Tim Crossley is the full-time Synod Clerk, acting on behalf of everyone in the Synod and through whom many questions and queries may be asked. He can be found most of the time Monday to Friday at the Synod Office, but if not can be contacted by email here or on 07936 362673.
JimDevelopment Officer
Jim Coleman is available to help ministers and churches with any training or development issues and is keen to work with individuals, leadership teams or congregations. Jim can be reached at the Synod Office and can be contacted here Have a look at Jim’s Web Page
SheilaProperty Officer
Sheila Duncan is available to deal with your enquiries about matters relating to the care, use, and development of your buildings. This includes dealing with applications to the Synod Property Committee.  Sheila is normally available in the office from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm on Monday to Thursday or can be contacted here.
MatthewTrust Secretary
Matthew Prevett is the first point of contact on trusteeship or legal matters and is also the person to speak to in connection with leases, licences, hiring agreements and associated matters relating to your church property. Matthew works part-time 3 days a week and is normally available in the office from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm Tuesday to Thursday or can be contacted here.
AshleySynod Evangelist
Ashley is keen to enable churches and individuals to grow and to be confident about sharing our love for Jesus and Jesus love for all people.

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I believe God wants to work with churches who want to live in relationship with the communities where they find themselves and are looking to enable mission & growth, who have a real desire to see change not only in the numbers of people coming to church but in a heart attitude toward how we might develop our relationship with God and those around us and share the gospel. To seek to live holy lives and call others to join us.’Ashley can provide ‘impact sessions’ for Mission and care groups as well as speak at evangelistic events.

GeraldineSafeguarding Adviser
Geraldine Sands has been in post since 2016, covering both Yorkshire and Northern Synods as Safeguarding Adviser working 2.5 days a week. She delivers and co-ordinates safeguarding training, helps churches put the right safeguarding arrangements in place and supports them with safeguarding casework. Please don’t hesitate to contact Geraldine is you have any safeguarding concerns in church either by email here
or by telephone 07427 857495.

HayleyFinance Manager
Hayley Brook is responsible for all accounting and Finance for the Synod, including making payments. Hayley normally works 9.15am to 3.00pm on Monday to Friday and can be contacted here.
AnneInvestments Administrator/Secretary
Anne Ward has served the Synod for over 30 years!! In addition to being a Secretary she is the Investments Administrator for the Synod. Anne normally  works 7.15am to 4.00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday and can be contacted here.
SallyModerator's PA & Secretary
Sally Duxbury works as the Moderator’s Personal Assistant and also as Secretary catering for the general needs of the Office. Sally normally works 8.30am to 3.45pm Monday to Thursday and can be contacted here.
RachelFinance Assitant
Rachel Crawshaw is our Finance Assistant, working alongside Hayley, but also helping out other members of the Team as needed. Rachel normally works 8.15am to 3.00pm Monday to Thursday and can be contacted here.
MeganChildren and Young People Development Practioner
Megan Tillbrook is our Children & Young People’s Development Practitioner for the southern area of the Synod.
She is responsible for helping to develop children and youth work and organises training and retreat days for workers and volunteers as well as residential and day events for youth, children and families. Due to the nature of this work, she has no fixed office hours and can be contacted by email
Children and Young People Development Practioner
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