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
The Most Rev. George Stack Archbishop of Cardiff
The Most Rev. Malcolm McMahon Archbishop of Liverpool
Pamela Taylor Former Principal, Newman University College
John Taylor Former Principal, Sheffield College
Philomena Cullen Assistant Director of the Daughters of Charity & Former Director of Pastoral Studies at the Margaret Beaufort Institute
Elizabeth Slinn Former senior manager in the NHS and currently chair of the Diocese of Portsmouth Budget Committee
Russell Sparkes Chief Investment Officer
Catherine Sexton Senior management posts with charities (CAFOD, VSO) and consultancy to DFID, Big Lottery Fund etc.
Richard Hopper Consultant human resource professional for a variety of commercial and charitable organisations, 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

Pamela Taylor (Chair) Trustee
Tim Fox Former Student, Plater College
Colin Hardy Former Education Officer
Edward Hayes Former Director, Nottingham Diocesan Education Service
Michael Walsh Trustee
Philomena Cullen Trustee
John Green Director of Development at the Apostleship of the Sea
Cathy Corcoran Chief Executive of Cardinal Hume Centre, trustee from Dec. 2018
Nicholas Warren Legal advisor in the charity sector, trustee from Dec. 2018
Catherine Sexton Trustee
Richard Hopper Trustee


Finance Committee


John Taylor (Chair) Trustee
Russell Sparkes 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).