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. He is a Priest Vicar of Westminster Abbey, an FRSA and an experienced coach and organisational consultant.

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The Reverend Prebendary Bill Scott - Honorary Assistant

Bill Scott, like the Vicar, is a Scot! He trained in Edinburgh and after serving in Glasgow, the West Country and Norfolk became well-known as the Vicar of St Mary’s Bourne Street. He left there to become Chaplain to the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy and then later Sub-Dean of the Chapels Royal and Senior Domestic Chaplain to HM The Queen. His ministry at the Palace was hugely valued, as it has been by many for many years as a trusted spiritual director and confessor. On retirement Bill was made Commander of the Royal Victorian Order and Extra Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen.

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. He is a member of the Third Order of the Society of St Francis.

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.

Victor Stock

The Very Reverend Victor Stock - Honorary Assistant

Victor Stock trained at King’s College London and served in a number of London parishes before becoming for many years the Rector of St Mary-le-Bow in the City of London. He was an ebullient and popular figure, establishing the ‘disputation’ series on account of the church’s two pulpits – where well-known figures would engage in conversation across their differences. He then became Dean of Guildford, from which post he retired in 2012. He is an occasional broadcaster (BBC Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage), a Priest Vicar of Westminster Abbey and an FRSA.

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.

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Lorna Gradden - Churchwarden

Phil Davies - Churchwarden

Phil Davies - Head of Future Programme & Operations

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. Phil is very familiar 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. He 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 Prebendary Bill Scott - Honorary Assistant

The Venerable Nick Mercer - Honorary Assistant

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

The Very Reverend Victor Stock - Honorary Assistant

The Reverend Graham Palmer - Honorary Assistant

John Tweddle - Churchwarden

Lorna Gradden - Churchwarden

Phil Davies - Head of Future Programme & Operations

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