Our team

The St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity has a small staff team based at St Martin-in-the-Fields.  We are supported by a committed and able group of over 230 volunteers.

Tim Bissett – Director

Tim is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Charity, working closely with the Trustees.  Before joining St Martin’s Tim was the Chief Executive of the Church Urban Fund.
His interests include following the fortunes of Southampton FC, playing the trumpet and he is a keen cyclist and runner.

Kirsty Cunningham – Fundraising & Communications Manager

Kirsty joined us from Excellent Development in April 2015.  Kirsty’s role is to look after our many donors and spread our message to inspire people to give and get involved.  She is a keen runner and cyclist.

Joe Peduzzi – Fundraising Coordinator

Joe is our Fundraising Coordinator.  He ensures the smooth running of our office, assists with grant making and the annual Christmas Appeal.  Joe plays the drums and likes food.

Natalie King – Network Development Manager

Natalie manages the Frontline Network and the Vicar’s Relief Fund. In her previous role, she worked with homeless and vulnerably housed clients to help them access support services across London.

Raks Patel – Network Development Manager (Maternity Cover)

Raks manages the Frontline Network and the Vicar’s Relief Fund. Her previous roles include management consultancy in the public sector, policy roles within the Civil Service, and managerial roles in the public and third sectors.  Raks is passionate about arts and culture, especially theatre, film and TV, and she is an avid Sherlockian.

Amanda Bennett- Network Partnerships Officer

Amanda manages the relationships we have with the Frontline Network Partners. Her previous roles encompass frontline service provision, Fundraising, Project Management and working for a Charity Trust.  Amanda is happiest with a camera in hand and leading an amphibious lifestyle.

Martin Cobb – Vicar’s Relief Fund Coordinator

Martin oversees the Vicar’s Relief Fund which receives on average 35 applications each day.  He joined St Martin’s in 2008 – when he started working in the St Martin’s shop as a retail assistant.  Martin is an avid gamer and a bit of a geek at heart.

Laura Wirtz – Vicar’s Relief Fund Officer

Laura is developing the Vicar’s Relief Fund and leads on monitoring and evaluating the fund.

Natasha Peter – Vicar’s Relief Fund Administrator

Natasha supports the team with grant assessment and payments. Natasha has volunteered and worked in the charity sector for 17 years and her other interests include film, crochet and photography.


Our Trustees

The St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity has a passionate and dedicated Board of Trustees. Their job is to take the lead in driving the charity’s development by making key strategic decisions and ensuring we’re running as efficiently and effectively as possible. Our Trustees have a range of skills and expertise from a variety of backgrounds.

Patricia Castanha – Chair of Trustees
Revd Dr Sam Wells – Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields
Helen Simpson – Director of Simpson and Associates
Jonathan Burdett – Partner at Deloitte LLP
Caroline Wiertz – Reader in Marketing at Cass Business School
Catherine Murray – PR and Communications Manager at Target Ovarian Cancer.
Christopher Smith – Former Chief of Staff to Archbishop of Canterbury
Frances Harris – Barrister at 1 King’s Bench Walk London Barristers
Denis Nowlan – Head of Station Management at BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra

You can contact our trustees here.