Staff and Leadership

Please find below an introduction to our church leaders and staff members. The post of Team Rector is currently vacant.

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Revd Michael Wilcockson
Associate Priest
Michael was ordained priest in June 2019 and then moved to Linton with his wife Alison. He has been a secondary school teacher of theology and philosophy for 37 years and an LLM for 26 years until his ordination in 2018. His is presently Associate Priest at St Mary’s and in the Linton Team and is also Rural Dean of the Granta deanery. He continues to work for several public exam boards and is also a part-time Army chaplain to the Cambridge Army Cadet Force. As a former teacher he is passionate about communicating the gospel and making it accessible to all ages.

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Revd Dr Ian Fisher
Ian is the semi-retired team Vicar and has particular oversight of parishes of Castle Camps, Horseheath and Shudy Camps. (For more information see their website.) Ian was first ordained in 1988 in Rural Herefordshire. From there he served as Chaplain to the University of Surrey  before moving to Ashton-under–Lyne in Manchester  and then to North Shoebury  in Chelmsford Diocese. Ian joined the team in 2017. Ian is married to Katharine who works as a teaching assistant and loves cooking.

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Mrs Anne Parry-Smith

Anne is our Church Administrator,  dealing with general enquiries, preparing the presentations for services and also the pewsheet.  She has lived in the village for over twenty years and has retired from the NHS where she worked as a medical secretary in the Hearing Implant Department at Addenbrooke's. She is also Secretary to the Granta Deanery Synod. She sings in St Mary's Choir, is a member of the Events Committee and enjoys gardening.

Mrs Nanette Blackmore
The role of verger is to be supportive to the clergy and responsible for maintaining the church furnishings and vessels.The duties are many and varied. They range from the preparation of services such as weddings, funerals and special occasion services like Easter, Christmas, Remembrance Day, and helping at the School Assemblies to ordering wine, wafers and candles, checking microphones and batteries, changing altar frontals and hangings, washing the albs and linen, updating the Memorial tables, knowing the church history, welcoming visitors, finding family tree lines from church records and heating the church.


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Revd Lesley Gore

"Lesley is a retired priest with permission to officiate. She has lived in Linton for 41 years and before she was ordained she was a licensed lay minister in the Linton Benefice. Currently she does occasional funerals and weddings in the benefice and ministers pastorally in Linton and at Fulbourn hospital.

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Mrs Nicola Collard
Nicola has been with St Mary’s since 2007 and was Licensed as a Lay Minister in 2014.
A mother of two boys who attended both schools in the village, led her to become a Foundation Governor for several years at the infant school before becoming Chair of Governors in 2019.
Nicola was involved in leading Tots in Tow for many years and founded ‘Mums Link’ in 2011 and helped with Junior Church when they were both running. She now has roles in connection with both the Linton Heights Junior School and Linton Infants Church of England School.  Since 2014 she has been leading ‘Friday Church’, a whole school, weekly, collective worship service for the infant school children, teachers and parents.  At Linton Heights Nicola has led assemblies and is still invited to do the welcome and closing prayers/reflections for all the major Christian festival services throughout the year.  Nicola also supports any special projects and church visits the school have organised.
Deaconing,  reading,  preaching and leading services is something which Nicola does on an occasional basis within the parish and the monthly all age,  ‘Together With God’  Sunday morning service is something which Nicola helps to plan and lead in it’s entirety,  which is something St Mary’s have been offering for the past several years.
Having a young family has been the catalyst in her desire to become involved within the community both as LLM and Chair of Governors. Over time this has been a channel in building good relationships with staff, parents and children, and in keeping links between the church and the schools really strong.

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Mrs Cathy Watts
Cathy grew up locally but has recently retired as a Prep school Deputy head in Hertfordshire. She was licensed as a lay reader as St Albans Cathedral in 2005 and recently transferred to the Ely diocese. She sits on the All-age planning group, Messy church planning and takes a family service at Bartlow once a month.
As a Foundation Governor she is actively involved with the Infant school, she also sits on the SACRE committee and is a selection officer for LLM in the diocese. In her spare time she enjoys the grandchildren, the garden, loves to sew and be creative.

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Mr David Watts

David is in his sixth year as Churchwarden. He recently moved back into the village and to St. Mary’s when he retired from teaching Chemistry and being an Assistant Head. He has just finished an English degree and has relished the different challenges of learning rather than teaching. He is married to Cathy, has four daughters, now scattered about the country and has a big dog which takes him for walks.

Charlotte Ellis

Miss Charlotte Ellis
Charlotte is in her second year as Churchwarden. She has lived in the village on and off since 2001. Having gone away to university and for work she returned to the village in 2019. She now works in Essex as a Community Dietitian. As well as Churchwarden she is chair of our events committee and one of our bellringers. She enjoys baking and you can often taste her cakes at our social events.

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Mrs Sue Filby
Sue has supported youth work in Linton since 2005 working alongside the Lead Youth Workers over the years; Louise Rose, Adrian Rose, Hannah Burton, Barry Easton and Lee Nash. She attended the Ely Diocese Youth Ministry Training modules in 2010 and 2011 and was authorised in this role in October 2011, and her permission to minister was renewed in January 2016.
It is exciting to watch and be involved with the young people as they develop their identities and Faith. Some of the activities include youth groups, go-karting, residential trips, litter picking, summer camps. The role is varied, challenging but very rewarding.

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Mrs Pam Richardson

Pam is our Christian Aid representative. 

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Mrs Gill Powell

Gill and her husband, Lawrence, have lived in Linton and worshipped at St Mary’s since 2006. She is a retired Infant School teacher and headteacher and her work within the church is aimed at ensuring that it is welcoming and accessible to all, particularly young families and children. She is an ALM with responsibility for social awareness but has also recently undertaken a further ALM course in baptism ministry, a field that she is keen to develop. She is on the Messy Church team and also helps at the village Infant School as part of her ministry.

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Dr David Parry-Smith

David Parry-Smith, Director of Music and Organist, is a professional scientist and senior manager. He is also an experienced parish organist and choral director, holding the diploma of Associate of the Royal College of Organists. He works at the Wellcome Sanger Institute at the Wellcome Genome Campus at Hinxton, near Cambridge. David has been a church musician, organist and choir director since his teenage years and has held posts as organist and choir director in Rugby, Leeds, and south-east Kent. He encourages a wide variety of music in services and welcomes singers and instrumentalists of all standards and abilities to contribute to the musical offering of praise at St Mary’s, so that “Of the best that Thou has given earth and heaven render Thee”.


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Mrs Sarah Thorne

Sarah is our Children and Families Minister. She studied at Ridley Hall, Cambridge and now leads a team of dedicated volunteers who work with Sarah to deliver Tots in Tow, Messy Church, Baby Steps and Make Lunch Club. She also shares leadership at the Friday School Service with Nicola. Sarah feels that it is an exciting time to be part of the church family at St Mary’s, and joining in with what God is doing in the village. Sarah's passion is to see families encounter God’s unlimited love for them and share some of the journey He takes us all on.

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Mr John Thorne

John, his wife Sarah and their family, have lived in Linton since 1983. He has a heart for mission and evangelism, to see those outside of the church come into a personal relationship with Christ. He has trained as an Authorised Lay Minister (ALM) in both Mission Shaped Ministry and Worship Ministry. John takes an active part in church life including being a PCC member, playing guitar in the music group and as one of the core Messy Church team. John is an Electronics Engineer by trade and runs his own business based in the village.

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