The aim of the team is not to look at what has been, but at what can be.

The small team works on major capital projects and strategic developments which will keep the Church at the centre of an ever changing community across the Diocese. Due to the nature of the work, the projects we work on are fluid, and flexible team enables us to respond to that.

On these pages you will find details of our current work, and who to contact about each one. We regularly report on project progress to Diocesan Synod and Bishop's Council, and are happy to share more details with you on request.

 Diocesan Secretary
 Matthew Girt MA FRSA

 Tel: 01634 560000

Matthew has a background in town planning and major regeneration projects, he has previously delivered strategic projects for the Diocese of London. Matthew is the team’s only full time member, he coordinates all of the projects and is a member of Bishops Staff.

 Called Together Manager
 Claire Boxall BA MCIPR

 Tel: 01634 560000

Claire is an experienced Communications and Public Relations professional with an interest in the voluntary sector. She works part time for the Diocese on the development of the Strategic Framework.


 Executive Assistant
 Kayleigh Palmer

 Tel: 01634 560000

Kayleigh is an experienced PA and has previously worked in education and the NHS. Kayleigh is full-time and provides administrative support to the Diocesan Secretary and Associate Diocesan Secretary.


 Consultant (Chatham and Ebbsfleet)
 Rev Bonnie Appleton MA


Bonnie’s background is in parish ministry but in the past she planted a church in a new housing area and spent time helping develop churches’ vision and mission in Guildford Diocese before becoming Team Rector in South Gillingham.  She is now engaging with churches in and around Chatham Town Centre and Ebbsfleet to help them make the most of the mission opportunities.


 Strategic Programme Consultant
 Denise Pavey MSc


Denise is an experienced business consultant and programme manager working particularly with not-for-profit organisations. She works part time for the Diocese in the definition and management of strategic projects.


 Dr Ian Sesnan FRSA


Ian's background is in town and country planning and urban regeneration. He has worked extensively on church, heritage and community projects often with an emphasis on social enterprise. He has worked extensively in the Dioceses of Rochester and London.

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