New members of our Grants Committee

Published: Wednesday, March 1, 2017


James Crowley and Mother Bernadette Hegarty have joined the Grants Committee of the National Churches Trust.

The Grants Committee makes decisions on the awarding of the Trust’s grants to places of worship in the United Kingdom. In 2016, the National Churches Trust helped 166 places of worship with grants totalling £1, 399,470.

The Chairman of the Grants Committee is Sir Paul Britton CB CVO and other members are Elaine Blackett-Ord, Anthony Brown,  Richard Carr-Archer Christina Emerson, Diana Evans and Luke March DL, Chairman of the National Churches Trust.

James Crowley

James Crowley works as a Historic Buildings Consultant specialising in Roman Catholic places of worship and their artefacts.

After completing a BA in Design Practice, James worked for a number of years for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford in its chaplaincy ministry at the University of Manchester before returning to studies.  He competed an MA in Archaeology of Buildings at the University of York where his specialism was in Catholic places of worship and an MA in Antiques at the University of Central Lancashire where his specialism was in Catholic ecclesiastical plate.

He is a  volunteer at All Saints Roman Catholic Church, Barton-upon-Irwell, Manchester, regarded as perhaps E. W. Pugin’s finest work, where he runs tours and talks on the building. In the spirit of William Morris he also does his  bit to ‘stave off decay’ by helping with cleaning and maintenance. James  is a supporter of Preston North End Football club and is a classic car enthusiast.

Mother Bernadette Hegarty

Mother Bernadette Hegarty is vicar of St Paul’s Church, Bow Common, Burdett Rd, London E3 where her responsibilities include worship, pastoral, community and spiritual leadership and oversight. 

She recently led a capital building repairs project at St Paul’s church - an iconic church building which is fast becoming less of a ‘hidden gem’ in the East End of London and is  currently developing a second stage Transformation Project to enhance the public’s experience of the interior of the building (making heating, lighting and electric wiring fit for worshippers and visitors).

She was previously Assistant Curate at St Peter’s Church, Harrogate where she shared pastoral responsibility with fellow clergy, regularly leading worship, and grew additional congregations in the church.  At St Peter’s church she was part of the leadership team that oversaw the implementation of a £2.5 million capital project of refurbishing, re-ordering and extending the church building enabling it to be fit for purpose for 21st century worship and mission.