The Governance of the Trust

Mission Statement

The Plater Trust enables people to learn how the way we live and work can become more fully human in the light of the Gospel and the application of Catholic social teaching.


His Eminence  Vincent Nichols (Chair) Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster
The Most Rev. Bernard Longley Archbishop of Birmingham (term of office to December 2018)
The Most Rev. George Stack Archbishop of Cardiff (to December 2018)
The Most Rev. Malcolm McMahon Archbishop of Liverpool (to December 2018)
Pamela Taylor Former Principal, Newman University College (to December 2018)
John Taylor Former Principal, Sheffield College (to December 2018)
Philomena Cullen Senior Policy Adviser at Oxfam GB and visiting lecturer at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology
Elizabeth Slinn Former senior manager in the NHS and currently chair of the Diocese of Portsmouth Budget Committee
Russell Sparkes Chief Investment Officer, Methodist Church
Catherine Sexton Senior management posts with charities (CAFOD, VSO) and consultancy to DFID, Big Lottery Fund etc.
Richard Hopper Consultant human resource professional, former trustee Cardinal Hume Centre
Michael Walsh Economist working in the trade union movement, trustee of Mind and governor of the former Plater College


Grant-Making Body

Philomena Cullen (Chair) Trustee
Pamela Taylor Trustee
Michael Walsh Trustee
John Green Director of Development at the Apostleship of the Sea
Cathy Corcoran Former Chief Executive of Cardinal Hume Centre, trustee from Dec. 2018
Catherine Sexton Trustee
Richard Hopper Trustee

Finance Committee

Russell Sparkes (Chair) Trustee
John Taylor Trustee
Liz Slinn Trustee
Sophia Pain IT & project management consultant
Richard Hopper Trustee
Anthony Carey Accountant with City firms & trustee from Dec. 2018


Charitable Status

The Trust is fully registered with the Charity Commission (charitable number 309719).