Clergy Development

The aim of Clergy Development is to help clergy as they continue to grow and learn in ministry and theology, from curacy to retirement, so they in turn can help their congregations learn and grow in spiritual depth, in mission and in service.

Clergy Development Team 

There is a team of five Clergy Development Officers working together across the diocese. Each Clergy Development Officer (CDO) oversees both the Initial Ministerial Education for the Curates (IME) and Continuing Ministerial Development (CMD) for the clergy in their own episcopal area. 

Please contact the CDO for your episcopal area with any queries about CMD or with requests for CMD grants.  During the current vacancies, the in-post CDOs have shared out being Lead CDO on a termly basis as follows:

Autumn 2023: Cat Thatcher

Spring 2024: Sarah Farrimond

Summer 2024: Marion Russell

Clergy Development Officers                                  

Revd Cat Thatcher

Diocesan Director of Clergy Development &
Clergy Development Officer, Leeds area
Vacant.  New appointee starting in early 2024.

Revd Cat Thatcher Clergy Development Officer, Bradford area
The Rev'd Canon Cat Thatcher 
01535 648391
Clergy Development Officer, Ripon area
The Rev'd Canon Marion Russell
01756 795625
Revd Cat Thatcher

Clergy Development Officer, Wakefield area

Stephen Kelly Clergy Development Officer, Huddersfield area
The Rev'd Dr Sarah Farrimond


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