Our trustees bear responsibility for the Scargill Movement, ensuring that we fulfil our obligations not only as a charity and a company limited by guarantee but also as a part of God’s mission on earth.

Some of our trustees are relatively new to Scargill, and bring a fresh exuberance; other have been connected with the place, in ways great and small, for over 20 or 30 years. All of them bring specialist skills and networks, and we’re grateful to each one for the enthusiasm and professionalism they bring.

Rt Rev Chris Edmondson (Chair)

scargill-trustees-chris-edmondsonChris has been the Chair of the Scargill Council since 2009. Prior to his retirement in 2016, he was Bishop of Bolton in the Diocese of Manchester, and before that, Warden of Lee Abbey in Devon. Chris and his wife Susan are now living in Bradford, and he is an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Leeds. Chris is also the author of a number of books on leadership and community.

Tony Hesselwood (Vice Chair)

scargill-trustees-tony-hesselwoodTony is a chartered accountant. He was chair of Bradford Diocesan Board of Finance and latterly chair of the Audit Committee of the Archbishops’ Council. He is a trustee of the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust.

John Fell

scargill-trustees-john-fellJohn is a chartered accountant with his own practice, which has offices in Lancaster and Southport. His role is to assist us in maintaining financial stability and with the financial development of Scargill.

Rev Canon Felicity Lawson

scargill-trustees-felicity-lawsonFelicity recently retired after 17 years as a vicar of two parishes to the south of Leeds. She has a background in Vocations and Ministerial Education. She is one of the Lee Abbey representatives on Council.

Sister Jocelyn OHP

scargill-trustees-sister-jocelynSister Jocelyn is a member of the order of the Holy Paraclete, Whitby. She brings prayerful experience of community life and also runs the retreat and conference centre at Sneaton Castle.

Rt Rev’d Dr Helen-Ann Hartley

The Rt Rev’d Dr Helen-Ann Hartley is Bishop of Ripon in the Diocese of Leeds, a role she has held since the beginning of February 2018.  Prior to that she was Bishop of Waikato in New Zealand.  Helen-Ann was ordained in the Diocese of Oxford, where she served her curacy in a team of 15 rural parishes.  She combined this with teaching New Testament at Ripon College Cuddesdon.  She moved to New Zealand in early 2012 to take up the role of Dean at the College of St John the Evangelist in Auckland.


John Wilson

John has been a teacher of Religious Education in three secondary schools and Assistant Director of Education for Manchester Diocese.

Stephen Weatherley

scargill-trustees-stephen-weatherleyStephen was an engineer and manager in industry for almost 40 years. He is a Lee Abbey appointee to our council and has been instrumental in developing our business plan and the building project.

Rev Hilary Young

Hilary is a parish priest now in the Ely Diocese with a background in science research, education & community development. She offers us 35 years of Scargill connection, 20 years of varied parish leadership, project management experience, a heart for listening and healing, and a passion for community.

Rev Caroline Hewlett

Caroline is vicar of Swaledale with Arkengarthdale, a parish in the Yorkshire Dales, a short distance north of Scargill House. She brings experience of working in urban and rural churches, and an interest in caring for the natural environment.


Sheila Thompson (Secretary)

Sheila is an accountant working in Manchester, she acts as secretary to the council.