Trustees & Executive Committee Members

The Sussex Historic Churches Trust is guided by the Trustees and Executive Committee members. Find out more about them below.

The Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner

Bishop of Chichester and co-president of the Trust

Bishop WarnerDr Warner studied at St Chad’s College in Durham before completing his theological training at St Stephen’s House, Oxford. He was ordained deacon (1984) and priest (1985) in Exeter Cathedral whilst working as Curate of St Peter’s Plymouth. He moved north to the Midlands in 1988 to be Team Vicar for five years in the Parish of the Resurrection, Leicester before being elected to be the Priest Administrator of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham between 1993-2002. During his time in Norfolk he was also priest in charge of Hempton and Pudding Norton between 1998-2000. He was appointed Honorary Canon of Norwich between 2000-2002. Dr Warner was then appointed as a residentiary Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, firstly as Canon Pastor and latterly Treasurer where he made a big contribution particularly with regards to the Cathedral’s connection with the art world (2003-2010). He was elected as suffragan Bishop of Whitby in the Diocese of York in 2010 and has served the parishes of the Cleveland archdeaconry which includes the contrasting communities of Middlesbrough and much of the North Yorkshire Moors. Dr Warner is a regular contributor to the Church Times and has written five books. He is a cyclist, enjoys the arts and is well known for his hospitality and welcome – an art he perfected when welcoming thousands of pilgrims to England’s Nazareth, as Walsingham is known.

Mrs Susan Pyper

Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex and co-president of the Trust

Susan PyperWas appointed in November 2008 in succession to Mr Hugh Wyatt, CVO. Mrs Pyper, a former officer in the Royal Air Force, recently served as Chairman of the Regional Environment Protection Advisory Committee, & was a member of the Regional Flood Defence Committee. She is Joint President of the Sussex Community Foundation and holds a number of other patronage's. In 1999 she was appointed as a lay member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Preliminary Investigation Committee. In her previous career she has chaired a number of NHS Trusts, the most recent being the Royal West Sussex NHS Trust. Married to Jonathan, himself a former RAF pilot, the couple have two adult children.

Peter J Field

Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex and co-president of the Trust

Peter FieldPeter Field was appointed by The Queen to be Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for East Sussex on the 19th August 2008, having served as Her Majesty’s Vice Lord Lieutenant from 2000. Born in Brighton in 1946 he was educated in the City and is married with two children. A Chartered Surveyor by profession, he has always used his skills to support and help the single homeless, notably he helped in the introduction of the Foyer Federation to the UK and in the development of several major Sussex Housing Associations including Brighton Housing Trust and Southdown Housing Association. A Magistrate for more than 20 years before becoming Lord Lieutenant, he also chaired the highly successful Brighton and Hove Business Community Partnership since its inception in 1994, and for many years served on the South East Leadership Team for the Prince of Wales’ charity Business in the Community (BITC) being appointed the Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for the South East in 2003. For over ten years in the 1990s he chaired the City of Brighton and Hove’s Regeneration Partnership successfully using close on £50m of Government money to lever in a further £100m which contributed to many of the changes to the fabric and culture of the City that are visible today. Not withstanding his considerable duties representing HM The Queen, he takes seriously the Monarch’s request that he provides encouragement and support for all sectors of the community. This includes supporting and encouraging military organisations, the business sector, statutory undertakings, and charitable and voluntary groups (he is Patron or President of some 40 local organisations), He sits on the board of several commercial companies in the County and is currently also interested in developing and supporting Social Enterprise, Youth employment and Environmental initiatives in particular.

Christopher Whittick MA FSA FRHistS

Chair of Trustees

Christopher WhittickChristopher Whittick read law at Worcester College, Oxford (where he was president of the University Archaeological Society), qualified as an archivist at Liverpool University in 1975 and in 1977 joined the staff of the East Sussex Record Office; he became County Archivist in 2016. He has a particular interest in medieval crime and administration, and in the application of archival sources to the study of standing buildings and topography. Among his publications are 16 entries for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (including five medieval bishops of Chichester and the Webster family of Battle Abbey), articles in the British Art Journal on the models of Dante Gabriele Rossetti, an edition of medieval manorial records and, as co-editor, Ravilious at War (2002), Eric Ravilious: landscape, letters and design (2008), and Laws, lawyers and textsstudies in medieval legal history in honour of Paul Brand (2012). Since 1991, with the assistance of British Academy fellowships, he has catalogued and worked on the archive of the Webster family of Battle Abbey at the Huntington Library at San Marino, California. He is a vice-president of the Sussex Archaeological Society, a member of the editorial board of Sussex Archaeological Collections, a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Historical Society and an associate of the Artworkers’ Guild.

Sara Stonor DL

Vice Chair of Trustess

Sara StonorSara Stonor was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in August 2001 and Vice Lord Lieutenant in 2008. She is a Lay Member of Chapter at Chichester Cathedral and a member of the Cathedral Council, Trustee of St Mary’s Almshouses, Member of the Provincial Panel for the Clergy Discipline Measure, Member of the Executive of the Association of English Cathedrals and Member of the Chichester Diocesan Synod. Sara is involved with a number of charities and organization in East Sussex. She is an embroiderer and needlework teacher, is married to Michael a retired solicitor and they have two children and three grandchildren.

John BarkshireJohn Barkshire

Treasurer of the Sussex Historic Churches Trust

After serving in the Army John Barkshire had a career as an international investment Banker in the City of London.He was Chairman or a Director of a wide range of financial organisations. Since retiring from the City he has been a Trustee or Financial advisor to a broad variety of Charities.

Graham Pound BSc (Eng)

Graham PoundGraham Pound worked for 40 years in the UK electronics industry, mainly in Defence, before moving to Chichester. He was Chairman of the National Smallbore Rifle Association at Bisley for 14 years and has written several books on Maltese Philately. He is involved with various local charities and  is currently the County Organiser for the annual SHCT Ride & Stride event.

Jonathan Coad

Jonathan CoadJonathan Coad is a former Inspector of Ancient Monuments who was responsible for research and conservation of the state’s monuments in East Anglia and later in south east England. He directed major archaeological excavations at Denny Abbey near Cambridge and at Castle Acre Castle in Norfolk. Early on, he was asked to identify historic buildings and engineering works in the Royal Navy’s operational home bases, working closely with the Ministry of Defence and later with the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust to secure a future for these. In 1997 he evaluated for UNESCO the Swedish Naval Base of Karlskrona for inclusion in the list of World Heritage Sites. From 2005 to 2012 he was chairman of the HMS Victory Advisory Technical Committee responsible for advising on the conservation of Nelson’s flagship.He has written numbers of guidebooks for English Heritage properties as well as lectured extensively on the latter and on the Royal Navy’s built heritage at home and abroad. His latest book Support for the Fleet. Architecture and engineering of the Royal Navy’s Bases 1700-1914, is joint winner of the Association for Industrial Archaeology’s 2014 Peter Neaverson Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Industrial Archaeology.
He is former President of the Royal Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Archdeacon Douglas McKittrick

Archdeacon Douglas McKittrickDouglas McKittick was born in the North East of England in Newcastle and lived for most of his early years in Northumberland. He has one brother, Robert, who like Douglas, is single. Douglas trained for the ministry at St Stephen’s House, Oxford and after ordination he served his Title in the Southwark Diocese at the beautiful 18th century Thomas Archer church of St Paul’s, Deptford. Then it was a move north to the Diocese of Liverpool and a significant ministry there for over 17 years in Toxteth. In 1997 he moved to the Diocese of Chichester to be Vicar and Rural Dean of Brighton. In 1998 Douglas became an Honorary Canon of Chichester Cathedral and in 2002 was appointed Archdeacon of Chichester. Douglas’s interests are long walks, cooking, music and monastic spirituality particularly the Carthusian life. Douglas has a great passion for remote places and for the last 30 years has spent his holidays in the most remote parts of the Isle of Skye. Part of Douglas’s ministry is to care for all Chaplains in the Diocese including Healthcare Chaplains, University and School Chaplains, Prison Chaplains and he has a particular interest in prisons, the welfare of prisoners and their families and penal reform. He likes nothing better on a day off than a long walk with the dogs.

Archdeacon Fiona Windsor

Archdeacon Fiona WindsorFiona Windsor was ordained in Guildford Diocese in 2000. She served her Curacy in St Peter’s, Chertsey, becoming Team Vicar in the Papworth Team Ministry (Ely Diocese) in 2004 with responsibilities for 5 rural parishes. In 2008 she became the Team Rector for the Papworth Team Ministry where she was overall responsible for 14 Rural Parishes. In 2011 she became the Bishop of Ely’s Advisor for Woman’s Ministry. In 2012 Fiona was made an Honorary Cannon of Ely Cathedral. Since September 2014 Fiona was collated Archdeacon of Horsham. She lives with Robin her husband and has 2 grown-up children and 1 grandson.

Archdeacon Martin Lloyd Williams


Archdeacon Edward Dowler

The Ven Dr Edward Dowler, Archdeacon of HastingsEdward was born and brought up in Highgate, north London. He read English at Oxford University and, after short spells working for the church in Paris and Johannesburg, he went to Cambridge to train for ordination. After serving curacies in both suburban and inner London, he taught for nine years at St Stephen's House, a theological college in Oxford, where he was Director of Pastoral Theology and Vice-Principal. During this time, he completed a doctorate on St Augustine of Hippo, the 'father of the western church'. He subsequently returned to north London to be Vicar of St John and St Luke, Clay Hill in Enfield, and had a responsibility for Continuing Ministerial Education in the diocese and was Chair of Governors of a Church of England secondary school. He came to be Archdeacon of Hastings in the autumn of 2016. He is married to Anna, who is a journalist and they have two teenage children, Eleanor and Gregory. He enjoys cooking, reading, following political developments and learning to play the piano. Following his experience in Clay Hill, he has a particular interest in the way that churches can be adapted for mission and community use whilst at the same time preserving or even enhancing their historical character.


Zoë McMillan

Zoë McMillanZoë McMillan is a retired chartered building surveyor, who initially worked in local government and then in private practice.  Following the completion of a postgraduate diploma in Historic Building Conservation she spent five years as Maintenance Manager at Hampton Court Palace, and the remainder of her career as Historic Buildings Surveyor at English Heritage, where much of her work involved giving advice on the repair of churches, in connection with grants.  She sits on both Rochester and Chichester DACs and is the chairman of the Fabric Committee at St George’s RC Cathedral, Southwark.

Prof. R.R.Milner-Gulland FBA FSA

Professor R.R. Milner-GullardRobin Milner-Gulland has lived in Sussex since the age of nine. For some 40 years he taught in the School of European Studies of the University of Sussex, where he is now Professor Emeritus and 50th Anniversary Fellow. He is a Fellow of both the British Academy and the Society of Antiquaries, and is a member of the Council of the Sussex Archaeological Society. Most of his publications (books, chapters, articles, editions, translations) have been in Slavic studies, but since c.1980 he has also written and lectured on aspects of Sussex archaeology, in particular on the early frescoed churches (and has several times led visits by Friends of SHCT and others to them). He served for many years on the Executive of the South Downs Campaign, and now edits (with John Manley) the successful ‘South Downs Series’ of books by specialists for a wide public.

Dr David Parsons FSA

Dr David ParsonsDr David Parsons FSA is Emeritus Reader in Church Archaeology at the University of Leicester and a former Associate Tutor at the University of Sussex. He served for 27 years on the Leicester Diocesan Advisory Committee as archaeological adviser and acted as archaeological consultant to Leicester Cathedral. Since retiring to Sussex he has become active in the Friends of the Sussex Historic Churches Trust, of which he is currently Chairman.

Peter E V Pritchett DipArch, RIBA, AABC

Peter PritchettArchitect in local practice specialising in work to Churches. Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation. Member of the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association.  Inspecting Architect to a number of local Churches.
Executive member of the Sussex Historic Churches Trust. Retired Magistrate with East Sussex PSA appointed in 1982 Ecclesiastical Building Awards through Sussex Heritage in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and two in 2013

Joy Taylor

Secretary of the Friends of the Sussex Historic Churches Trust

Studied architecture and worked part - time in an office at Poole, Dorset before moving to London. I then worked for 3 years at Adams, Holden & Pearson - hospitals and institutional buildings. Following that I went on to spend the majority of my working life as a senior assistant in private architectural practices who specialised in listed and older buildings, which included churches and public buildings. My final appointment was as Historic Building Surveyor at Portsmouth Royal Naval Dockyard to carry out quadrennial inspections on the base and also at other Ministry of Defence establishments, as they became due. In retirement I advised private clients on how to adapt their homes for mobility access and purpose built accommodation. I run a social group in our village for the Over 60's with my husband.

Society Memberships S P A B (National and Sussex Regional Group). Represented S P A B on Chichester Conservation Area Advisory Committee. The National Trust. English Heritage and The Kempe Trust.

Hilary Tupper, DL

Hilary farms with her husband and adult son on the South Downs, she also has an adult daughter. She is involved with several local charities, and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex in October 2016.