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.


Charitable Status

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



Cardinal Vincent Nichols (Chair) Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster
Bishop Patrick Lynch Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark
Bishop Paul McAleenan Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster
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
Cathy Corcoran Former Chief Executive of Cardinal Hume Centre.
Anthony Carey Accountant with City firms

Grant-Making Body

Philomena Cullen (Chair) Trustee
Michael Walsh Trustee
Cathy Corcoran Trustee
Catherine Sexton Trustee
Richard Hopper Trustee

Finance Committee

Russell Sparkes (Chair) Trustee
Liz Slinn Trustee
Sophia Pain IT & project management consultant
Richard Hopper Trustee
Anthony Carey Trustee