Leadership at St Paul’s

As a parish church within the growing Diocese of London, St Paul’s is privileged to have a strong clergy team and skilled lay leadership.

There are normally two full-time clergy on site at St Paul’s as well as a small team of honorary assistant clergy. Under the vicar’s leadership they support the work of the church. A member of the clergy is available before or after the daily Eucharist for confession and spiritual guidance and also by appointment.

A member of the parish clergy is always available in pastoral emergencies and we will be glad to be contacted at whatever hour, seven days a week.

Our two churchwardens bring varied and complementary skills and lead a strong team of Deputy Churchwardens.

The Reverend Alan Gyle - Vicar

The Reverend Alan Gyle - Vicar

Alan Gyle is the twelfth vicar of St Paul’s Knightsbridge. A Scotsman by birth, he studied music in Scotland, later reading theology at Oxford. He was ordained in St Paul’s Cathedral in London and before coming to Knightsbridge served variously in Acton Green as a curate, at St George’s Chapel Windsor as a Minor Canon, and at Imperial College and the Royal College of Art as Chaplain.

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The Reverend Louis Darrant - Associate Vicar

Louis Darrant has been Associate Vicar since December 2015. Trained at The College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, Louis was a curate at St John the Divine Kennington before serving for eight years as Rector of Maldon in the Diocese of Chelmsford. Louis has a passion for family ministry, for teaching and for pastoral care. He is a Welsh speaker and in his spare time plays rugby.

The Reverend Andrew Norwood - Honorary Assistant

The Reverend Andrew Norwood - Honorary Assistant

Andrew Norwood is one of the Honorary Assistant priests in the parish, and brings to our life pastoral and ministerial skills honed over many years first as a curate and latterly as a Chaplain in Higher Education in the University of the Arts in London. In that role he provided front-line pastoral support to staff and students at some of London’s most interesting art and design colleges and pioneered the building of an interfaith team of chaplains. At St Paul’s, Andrew carries the brief for healing ministry and shares day-to-day oversight of congregational pastoral care with the Associate Vicar.

The Venerable Nick Mercer - Archdeacon of London and Honorary Assistant

The Venerable Nick Mercer - Honorary Assistant

Nick Mercer has had a varied and distinguished career as a scientist, academic, teacher and priest. He retired in 2017 at the same time as the Bishop of London for whom he worked as Vicar General to the London College of Bishops and most recently as Archdeacon of London. He is a Prebendary Emeritus of St Paul’s Cathedral where he continues to serve in an honorary capacity. As an Honorary Assistant priest on the staff of St Paul’s, Nick celebrates regularly on weekdays and Sundays and is a popular preacher and teacher.

The Rt Reverend Michael Colclough - Bishop in Residence and Honorary Assistant

The Rt Reverend Michael Colclough - Bishop in Residence and Honorary Assistant

Bishop Michael was born in Staffordshire and ordained in Lichfield. Most of Bishop Michael’s ministry has been in London where he has held, with distinction, a number of key roles as Archdeacon, Area Bishop and Canon Pastor of St Paul’s Cathedral. Now in very active retirement, he brings energy and great wisdom to the team and to the parish as a weekday and Sunday celebrant and as an engaging preacher and teacher.

The Reverend Graham Palmer - Honorary Assistant

The Reverend Graham Palmer - Honorary Assistant

Born in 1931, Graham Palmer is the senior member of the clergy team. He studied in Cambridge and then was trained at Queen’s Birmingham before being ordained in Southwark. However, most of his long ministry before formal retirement in 1997 was north of the river in the Diocese of London, latterly for many years in Fulham at St Augustine’s Magravine Road. Graham is a musician and a liturgist and brings a keen eye for standards and detail and a quiet and much-valued pastoral presence to the community at St Paul’s.

John Tweddle - Churchwarden

John Tweddle - Churchwarden

John’s background is in property, fund and asset portfolio management with Cambridge based property consultants Bidwells of which he is a Senior Partner. He has long and deep links with a number of Cambridge Colleges, among them Trinity. At St Paul’s, John brings his areas of expertise and wisdom particularly to the Buildings and Development committees and is currently leading, with the Vicar, thinking about the future development of St Paul’s. With a team of experienced Deputy Churchwardens he also helps to coordinate the work of welcoming on Sundays and operations at the West End of the church. He is Vice Chair of the Parochial Church Council.

Phil Davies - Churchwarden

Phil Davies - Churchwarden

Based in London, though working closely with a larger team in Seattle, Phil is a Director of a global telecoms company. A graduate of Merton College, Oxford, Phil joined St Paul’s soon after he left Oxford for London and is a key member of the team, having serviced for many years as Treasurer. At St Paul’s, Phil balances John Tweddle’s ‘West End’ focus with oversight of life at the ‘East End’, both in the Liturgy and in the administrative side of things where he is close to the small staff team, day-to-day operations in the Parish Office and has encyclopaedic knowledge of our systems and processes. As we move into development mode, Phil carries the brief for our ‘business as usual’.

The Reverend Alan Gyle - Vicar

The Reverend Louis Darrant - Associate Vicar

The Reverend Andrew Norwood - Honorary Assistant

The Venerable Nick Mercer - Honorary Assistant

The Rt Reverend Michael Colclough - Bishop in Residence and Honorary Assistant

The Reverend Graham Palmer - Honorary Assistant

John Tweddle - Churchwarden

Phil Davies - Churchwarden

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