Our people

Our people

Our trustees bring specialist knowledge from a range of backgrounds to help the Sandford St Martin Trust achieve its mission. We are grateful to them for the time and energy they freely spend contributing to our work. Read more about each of them here.

The Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Ripon


Bishop Helen-Ann has been the Bishop of Ripon in the Diocese of Leeds since 2018. At 46 years old she is the youngest bishop in the Church of England and is the first female Church of England priest to have been consecrated as a bishop.  She was elected Bishop of Waikato in New Zealand in 2013, nearly a year before a woman was first consecrated as a bishop in the Church of England.

» Read more about Bishop Helen-Ann

Emyr Afan


Emyr is a Bafta award-winning TV producer.  He is the co-founder of Avanti Media, one of Wales’ most successful TV production companies.

» Read more about Emyr

Bridget Cass


Bridget Cass was the Executive for The Jerusalem Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts and a director of Jerusalem Productions since 1991. Previously she worked for Thames Television as its Community Education Officer, and also worked on its adult education programmes. During the 1990s she worked for a number of media groups, including the Campaign for Quality Television, Public Voice and the Media Trust.

» Read more about Bridget

Torin Douglas

Torin Douglas

Trustee and Chair of the Development and Events Group

Torin is a former BBC media correspondent who speaks and writes about the media and other issues.

» Read more about Torin

Anna Drew


Anna is the Director of Communications at the Diocese of Canterbury.

» Read more about Anna

Duncan Irvine

Trustee and Chair of the Finance Group

Duncan is a career banker having worked in a variety of roles in the UK and Canada and currently working for Barclays Bank.

» Read more about Duncan

Tom Loxley


Tom is a writer, journalist and the executive editor of The Radio Times.

» Read more about Tom

Natasha Maw

Trustee and Chair of the Awards Group

Natasha is a Media and Leadership trainer and coach and co-founder of the Quattrain consultancy.  With a background in radio production, she has produced numerous programmes for the BBC including ‘In Our Time’, ‘Start the Week’ and ‘Woman’s Hour’.

» Read more about Natasha

Nicola Meyrick


Nicola is a former head of Radio Current Affairs at the BBC, where she edited ‘Analysis’ and ‘The Report’ for Radio 4 and was responsible for programmes on subjects including the Vatican (which won a Sandford St Martin Award), female bishops, political Islam and assisted suicide.  She is currently writing and studying for an MA.

» Read more about Nicola

Joanna Moriarty

Deputy Chair and Chair of the Management Group

After many years in senior leadership roles in publishing, Joanna Moriarty is the Director of the Charities and Social Enterprise Team at Green Park.

» Read more about Joanna

Paresh Solanki


Paresh works on projects linked to Near Neighbours which encourages religiously and ethnically diverse communities to build better relations and come together to improve their local communities.  He’s a member of BAFTA and of the British Psychological Society.

» Read more about Paresh

Dr Catherine Wills


As daughter of the Trust’s founder Sir David Wills, Catherine plays a vital role on our Board.

» Read more about Catherine

Anna McNamee

Anna McNamee

Executive Director

Anna McNamee is an award-winning Canadian journalist and writer who now leads the work of the Trust to promote excellence in broadcasting about religion, ethics or spirituality.

» Read more about Anna

Rt Rev Nick Baines, Lord Bishop of Leeds

Nick Baines


Nick is the Bishop of Leeds, an experienced broadcaster, writer and blogger Nick will be well known to many from his regular contributions to ‘Pause for Thought’ on Chris Evan’s Radio 2 show and Radio 4’s “Thought for the Day”.

» Read more about Nick

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