Val Wallis MBE

Val has been deeply involved with her local Church, Deanery and Diocese for many years. She is an Honorary Lay Canon at Canterbury Cathedral, a member of the Diocesan Human Resources group, and Mission Resources group.  Prior to taking on the role of Chair of Together Canterbury she was Vice Chair of the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnership Framework. She was awarded an MBE in 1997 for many years voluntary service with the YMCA both in Maidstone, her local association and nationally and is a Vice President of YMCA England.






Archdeacon Stephen Taylor MBE

Archdeacon of Maidstone. Founder of the Kilimatinde Trust in Tanzania which works to assist the poorest region in the country with education, health and development. 

Stephen has been Archdeacon of Maidstone since 2011. His role involves the welfare of clergy and their families, for church buildings and the implementation of Diocesan Priorities within his Archdeaconry. Stephen also has particular responsibility for the Diocese’s Environmental Policy, and the work of the Communities and Partnerships Framework. Before moving to Kent he was Canon Provost of Sunderland Minster and an Honorary Canon of Durham Cathedral. He has over 30 years ministerial experience in rural, semi-rural and urban settings, a strong track record of working strategically with local authorities and third sector organisations. A supporter of Maidstone United, he also has  three grown up daughters of whom he is immensely proud. 

Reverend Canon Caroline Pinchbeck

Director of the Communities and Partnerships Framework and Rural Officer for the Diocese of Canterbury, Honorary Canon at Canterbury Cathedral and Secretary of the Rural Theology Association.

The work of the Communities and Partnerships Framework is to seek to empower parishes to serve their communities better by working in partnership with others. Caroline has particular responsibility for promoting the wider use of church buildings and parish halls, rural and heritage issues, overseeing the Diocese’s commitment to the Environment and to fair trade. She also co-ordinates the response of the Diocese to the social issues of poverty, deprivation, homelessness and refugees. Caroline was previously Rural Life Adviser for the two dioceses of Canterbury and Rochester, and before that has ministered in a number of areas including Cornwall and Lincolnshire.  Before entering ordained ministry, Caroline worked in the community and voluntary sector with the rehabilitation of ex-offenders, and also community library service.

Caroline is also a KCC Kent Ambassador, Trustee of Action with Communities in Rural Kent, and Chaplain to Kent County Agricultural Society, and other rural organisations such as RABI, and FCN.

Mike Stephens

Mike is the Chair of Trustees for Tenterden Community Hub which runs a signposting and community advice service for Tenterden and the surrounding district. Mike’s background is in local government and contracting.  As gamekeeper turned poacher he brings a useful level of challenge to the work of the charity through his strategic approach and his attention to detail.



Philip Bromwich

Phil is the Deanery Lay Chair for Sittingbourne Deanery and a member of Archbishop’s Council. He also oversees the branch of Kent Savers Credit Union based at All Saints Church in Murston, of which he is an active member. Retiring in 2013 after a career which included banking and engineering companies, he says he has found this more rewarding than anything he did in his working life; being able to listen to people’s problems, and use his life and Christian experience to help those in need. Phil has recently organised the opening of a Debt Advice Centre for the Sittingbourne area. He was a governor of Borden Grammar School for 25 years and Chair for seven of them.



Tim Woolmer

Tim is the Policy & Partnerships Adviser – Kent Public Services at Kent County Council and works across the public sector in the county, broadening and strengthening relationships between local, national and international agencies, developing coherent and consistent strategies, policies and partnerships that will benefit Kent in the short and longer-term future. He works very closely with Kent Council Leaders and Joint Kent Chiefs, and has also worked hard on developing the Kent Armed Forces Covenant which commits to ensuring serving and ex-armed forces personnel are on a level playing field in accessing public services.



Sibylle Batten

Sibylle joined Church Urban Fund in January 2017 as Development Manager for the Together Network after a career in criminal justice and offender rehabilitation spanning the public, private and voluntary sector.  She led the Voluntary Sector and Grants Team, and latterly was Head of the International Unit at HM Prison and Probation Service supporting capacity building programmes across the world, building on her previous experience as Director of Operations for a large charity where she was heading up the development and delivery of national EU-funded projects.   Alongside working for CUF she is training for ordained ministry at St Hild College/Mirfield, and when time allows enjoys the great outdoors, walking in the Peak District, supporting her church’s soup run, and playing the clarinet (rather badly!).