The Diocesan Dean and Area Advisers in Women’s Ministry seek to support women in key ways by:

  • advocating for women in ministry so that policy and practice is changed to include and affirm them more fairly
  • affirming women in ministry through guidance, training and administration of the Gilmore Fund (more information can be found on the Fund below)
  • assessing the Diocese’s progress through regular monitoring of statistics such as the proportion of Incumbents, or those recommended for ordination training, who are female.

Get in touch

Both women and men are welcome to contact us:

Dean of Women’s Ministry and Croydon Area Adviser – Revd Esther Foss

Kingston Area Adviser – Revd Melanie Harrington-Haynes

Woolwich Area Adviser – Revd Liz Newman

Gilmore Fund

Isabella Gilmore was the sister of William Morris who did great works of social care in South London as a Deaconess (from 1887) and trained other women to do the same.

The Gilmore Fund is a legacy left to the Diocese from the sale of her training house. Today, women in ordained and lay ministries in Southwark Diocese can apply to the Fund for grants towards their personal and professional development.

For more information, e-mail [email protected].

Policy on Maternity, Adoption, Paternity and Parental Leave, (including Shared Parental Leave)

The Diocese of Southwark wishes to support clergy in their bringing up of a family, and during this part of their ministerial journey. The Diocese provides benefits during this time at a significant level above the statutory minimum level to reflect this.

For the full policy, guidelines and template letters click here

The South London Church Fund and Southwark Diocese Board of Finance is a company limited by guarantee (No. 236594).
Registered Office: Trinity House, 4 Chapel Court, Borough High Street, London SE1 1HW. Registered Charity: (No. 249678).

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