Board of Trustees

Victoria James (Trustee)

Victoria is the Diocese of Portsmouth's Stewardship Adviser. Prior to taking up this post, she was a solicitor in private practice for almost ten years, specialising primarily in Family law but also civil litigation and employment law.  She has recent experience of being a parish treasurer bringing first-hand knowledge of implementing and using PGS at parish level. 


Ben Preece Smith (Trustee)


John Preston (Chair)

John has served as National Stewardship Officer since 2005, and is responsible for the Church's overall strategy and direction on giving and funding. His previous background is marketing, where after 12 years with Procter & Gamble, he was Group Marketing Director of a FTSE 250 Services Company.  John is a Reader and PCC Member in his local church, and is also Chair of Governors at Shropshire's largest Secondary School. 


Gordon Randall (Trustee)

Gordon is the Stewardship Adviser for the  Diocese of Winchester a role he’s fulfilled since 2000.

Gordon is also Assistant Minister at Christ Church in Chineham, Basingstoke. In his previous profession he became a Chartered Insurer and also gained a Diploma in Management at the University of Reading. His role before joining the diocese was principally as a Training & Development consultant although he also spent some time working as a marketing manager.      

In 2006 he completed a Diploma in Biblical and  Theological Studies at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford. In 2011 he obtained a BA in Theology for Christian Ministry and Mission, at Sarum College in Salisbury and was ordained as a Self-Supporting Minister.   


Helen Richardson (Chief Executive)

Appointed in January 2016, Helen Richardson is the PGS’s first Chief Executive. Helen planned, launched and developed the PGS during her time as Giving Officer at the Diocese of Gloucester. Helen is a member of Gloucester Diocesan Synod and Gloucester Cathedral Council. Her background is in charity fundraising and she has held roles with two national organisations; the Meningitis Trust (Meningitis Now) and the National Star College.  


John Sherlock (Trustee)

John Sherlock is an engineer by training but spent much of his career in the City helping banks with computerisation projects. After a spell as Project Manager with Williams and Glyn’s Bank, he was Marketing Director of Hogan Systems, MPCT Solutions and Rolfe & Nolan plc. In 2000 he became an independent management consultant and built a specialism helping owners of historic properties and landscapes with business planning. Clients included The National Trust and The Crown Estate. He was appointed Strategy and Resources Advisor to the Diocese of Chichester in 2015. 


Neil Williams (Trustee)

Neil has been the Director of Finance for the Diocese of Exeter since March 2012, having spent the previous 10 years as Finance Director with a local housing association in Devon. Neil is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), having trained with Somerset County Council in the 1990s.

Over the previous 20 years, Neil has been involved in a voluntary capacity with a number of local charities, usually supporting the financial management functions within these organisations. Neil is also a church bell ringer.

David is Lead Mission Support Partner for Durham Diocese. Before working in the diocesan team, he was in rural ministry in Durham for 12 years and Area Dean of Stockton for ten. He is a physicist by training, and before ordination worked for Epson and Dell in senior marketing roles, including getting Dell’s internet sales and marketing operation up and running in Europe.

David is very active in school governorship, currently with a secondary Multi-Academy Trust and a newly-opened and rapidly-expanding CofE primary free school. He is also an honorary Canon of Durham Cathedral.

Adrian has been a fundraiser for more than 30 years, for an Anglican theological college, for the University of Durham and currently as a fundraising consultant at the international practice More Partnership.  He was a member of Chapter at Durham Cathedral for seven years and is currently a lay Canon at Bishop Aglionby Cathedral, Tamale, Ghana.

He is a trustee of two grant making charitable trusts and is married to a priest licensed in the diocese of Gloucester.