Her Majesty The Queen


The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby


The Primate of All Ireland; the Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia; the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America; the Moderator of the Church of North India; the Bishop of London


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CHAIR: The Rt Revd John Pritchard

+John Pritchard was Bishop of Oxford from 2007 to 2014. Prior to that, he was Bishop of Jarrow, Archdeacon of Canterbury, Warden of Cranmer Hall Durham, a vicar in Taunton and a Diocesan Youth Officer in Bath and Wells. He has held Board positions with Church Army, St John’s College Durham and the Ministry Council, and was lead Bishop for Education in the Lords. He has written many books for SPCK including The Intercessions Handbook, How to Pray, The Life and Work of a Priest, Living Jesus, Living Faithfully, God Lost and Found, Ten, The Journey and Something More. Bishop John joined the Governing Body in 2009 and was elected Chair in 2011.

VICE-CHAIR: The Revd Canon Dr Nicholas Sagovsky

Educated at Corpus Christi College Oxford and worked as a teacher before studying for ordination at St John’s College Nottingham. After academic posts at Edinburgh Theological College, Clare College Cambridge, Newcastle University and Liverpool Hope University, he was Canon Theologian at Westminster Abbey from 2004 until 2011, and is currently Whitelands Professorial Fellow, Roehampton University. He is author of books and articles on a wide range of subjects, in particular ecumenism, social justice and 19th and 20th century theology. Nick joined the Governing Body in 2008 and was elected Vice-Chair in 2016.  He is oversight trustee for SPCK Fundraising

Sarah Bailey

Sarah was born in London but raised in the Irish Republic, where she studied Law at Trinity College Dublin.  She was called to the Bar but then moved to London and into publishing.  After working as an editor at Ebury Press, she moved into Special Sales first at Random House and then at HarperCollins, while also studying for a Diploma at the Chartered Institute of Marketing.  After six years as Managing Director of Collins Reference, with the Collins Bible list as part of her remit, she worked as a Consultant/Custom Publishing Director for Orion Book Publishing Group and Wiley amongst others.  Since 2010 she has worked for the Octopus Publishing Group, a publisher of non-fiction illustrated books, and joined the board in 2013 as Director of Custom Publishing.  Sarah joined the Governing Body in 2015 and is oversight trustee for SPCK Publishing.

Matthew Cashmore

Matthew started out as an Aerospace Engineering apprentice and changed tack into nurse training before finding his career path in the media.   A stint presenting and producing a breakfast show on Bridge FM led to work with the BBC and UBC Media in production roles focusing on research and development.  In 2010 he moved to become Digital Development Director at Hachette UK and then in 2012 Digital Director at Blackwell’s.  In December 2014 he left Blackwell’s to pursue his vocation in the Church and is currently an ordinand at Ripon College, Cuddesdon.  Matthew joined the Governing Body in 2015.

James Catford

After studying Politics and Economics at the University of Wales and Political Theology at the University of Bristol, James entered publishing with Inter-Varsity Press in sales and marketing before becoming a commissioning editor.  He joined HodderHeadline in 1990 and became publishing director before moving to HarperCollins in 1997 with responsibility for general biographies, religious publishing, Bibles and liturgical publishing.  He became chief executive of the Bible Society in 2002 and served for fourteen years, during which time he established the public theology think-tank Theos.  He is currently chair of the renewal ministry Renovaré, deputy chair of Amity Printing Company in Nanjing, and board member of Renovaré US and the mission agency African Enterprise.  He is a columnist for the Church of England Newspaper and Preach magazine.  James joined the Governing Body in 2016.

Dr Andrew Fergusson

Andrew trained as a doctor at St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School and a career in medicine followed, with posts at St Thomas’s and Croydon General Hospital before becoming Principal in General Practice at Brook Lane Medical Mission in Bromley, Kent.  From 1989-99 he was General Secretary of the Christian Medical Fellowship.  After 2000 he had a portfolio career which included working with organisations involved in bioethics and Christian healing.  Post retirement, he is chair of the IVP Publishing Board (having previously been an IVP trustee/director) and a director of the Care Not Killing Alliance.  He is a freelance writer, speaker and broadcaster on Christian and medical issues. Andrew was co-opted to the Governing Body in December 2015.

Elizabeth Renshaw-Ames

After taking a degree in Politics and Modern History at the University of Manchester, Elizabeth joined Price Waterhouse to train as a Chartered Accountant, qualifying in 1983. Her career thereafter, including periods when her husband’s job took the family overseas, was mostly with Price Waterhouse (later PricewaterhouseCooper), of which she became a Director in 1998.  In 2003 she changed career direction and became a consultant at Mercer, a global HR consultancy, where she was part of the UK leadership team with a particular focus on pension scheme governance. Since January 2015 she has been CEO of HSBC UK Pension Scheme.  She lives in London and is an active member of St Margaret’s Church, West Putney. Elizabeth joined the Governing Body in 2015 and is oversight trustee for Pensions as well as serving on the Audit Committee.

Dr Cathy Ross

Cathy comes from Aotearoa/NZ. She is tutor in contextual theology at Ripon College Cuddesdon, leader for the MA programme for pioneer leaders at CMS and tutor in mission at Regent’s Park College. She publishes in the area of mission and contextual theology. Cathy joined the Governing Body in 2012 and is oversight trustee for SPCK Worldwide.

The Revd Canon Niall Sloane

Niall was ordained in 2005 and is currently Rector of Killiney in the Diocese of Dublin and Ecumenical Adviser to the Archbishop of Dublin. He serves on many committees and other bodies within the Church of Ireland and is a member of General Synod. He is honorary clerical secretary of APCK, our sister society in Ireland. He is co-author (with Victor Griffin) of A Short Catechism of Basic Church Teaching. Niall joined the Governing Body in 2010 in continuation of the Society’s historic relationship with the Church of Ireland.  He is oversight trustee for SPCK Projects and Assemblies.

The Revd Keith Stephenson

Keith is currently Director of Finance & Resources at the Association of Commonwealth Universities. He is a non-stipendiary minister in the Diocese of London, and also serves as Trustee and Treasurer of the Friends of the British Library. Keith joined the Governing Body in 2009 and is chair of the Audit Committee. He is also SPCK-nominee director of the William Leech Companies.

Eric Thompson

Educated at Dulwich College before embarking on a career with Barclays Bank Plc. Management roles in finance, administration and human resources led to his appointment in 2001 as Operations Director of the Business Assignment Management Team.  He left Barclays in 2004 and since then has been Director of the Deo Gloria Trust, which supports initiatives to convey the Gospel message through new media and outreach resources.  He is also a trustee of Christian Youth Enterprises and the Christian Enquiry Agency.  He is Operations Director of Emmanuel Church, Croydon, and a member of the PCC and Deanery Synod.  Eric joined the Governing Body in 2015 and is oversight trustee for Staff/HR as well as serving on the Audit Committee.

Stephen Tudway

Educated at Christ Church Oxford and the Inns of Court School of Law, Stephen spent several years developing software for education and in the pharmaceutical industry.  He was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1998 and practised initially in the Chancery Division, including trusts and charities.  He also developed a commercial practice in arbitration, international development and large technology projects.  Since 2009 he has worked with Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, acting in disputes relating to broadcast media and IT as well as financial regulation, competition and insolvency.  While he continues to practice law on a consultancy basis, since 2014 he has been training part-time for ministry in the Church of England and studying for an MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission.  Stephen joined the Governing Body in 2016.


Senior Staff

Sam Richardson, Chief Executive Officer

Sam joined SPCK in June 2015, bringing a background in general trade publishing. Having graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge, Sam started his publishing career on the graduate scheme at HarperCollins, before working as an editor specialising in digital products and then heading up the HarperCollins Religious list. Subsequent to that Sam was Publisher at Hodder & Stoughton, overseeing a broad list including business books, dictionaries, self-improvement and academic titles. Sam is a trustee of Media Associates International, the Association for Promoting Christian Knowledge and the Overseas Bishoprics Fund.