Our Team 

The Revd Dr Jack Dunn


Jack has taught History in an Oxford college, worked at an investment bank in London and then trained at Ripon College in Cuddesdon where he also worked with suicidal and vulnerable prisoners in a large London prison. Ordained in 2011, Jack has served his title in a large and active parish in West London, as Chaplain and Welfare Officer for an Oxford college and as Priest-in-Charge in a parish in East London. He became the Rector of Wanstead in 2016.

The Revd Richard Wyber

Associate Priest

For Richard, the call to ordained ministry came towards the end of a varied career in accountancy and he joined our ministry team on ordination in 2006. With an interest in small groups as a supplement to formal worship, he is the driving force behind a number of adult nurture groups in our parish. In addition to his church duties, Richard also serves on the board of a substantial benevolent association.

The Revd Canon Ann Clarke

House For Duty Associate Priest

Ann felt called to the priesthood aged just 14 and, 37 years and a teaching career later, this calling was finally fulfilled. Ann served her title at St Gabriel’s Aldersbrook followed by eight years as Team Rector of Becontree South in Dagenham. She then became Priest-in-Charge of North Bersted in the Diocese of Chichester and an Honorary Canon of Chichester Cathedral.  

Olive Thursby

Licensed Lay Minister

Olive has been actively involved in the parish for a number of years. She became a Licensed Reader in 2009 after theological training at St Mellitus College, becoming Licensed Lay Minister in 2015. With a spiritual focus on the mission of the church, her other interests include playing the organ, travel and attending arts events.

Celia Heath

Pastoral Assistant

Following a long period as a full-time carer, in 2013 Celia felt the call to train first as a Retail Chaplain and then as a Pastoral Assistant to deepen her involvement in our parish. She is strongly committed to multi-faith outreach and also enjoys working with the elderly, at our two Bereavement Cafes, and with the Crown Court Chaplaincy team in Snaresbrook.

Lorraine Bucknall

Parish Administrator and Safeguarding Officer

Lorraine left her career in banking to bring up her children, starting to attend Christ Church when her first son was a few months old. She has been involved in numerous aspects of the church ever since, from running Nursery Church to arranging flowers for weddings. Lorraine helped to set up and run the parish office.

Jan Andrews

Weddings, Baptisms and Thanksgivings Coordinator

As a lifelong worshipper in Wanstead Parish, Jan has worked as a general nurse, managed a large city dental practice and has been employed in a local school. She also ran the 1st Wanstead Guide unit, attached to Christ Church for over 25 years. She is now the first point of contact for our Baptism, Thanksgiving and Wedding families.

Lauren Johnson

Hall Bookings Manager

Lauren has been an active member of the Christ Church congregation for over twenty years. For the past twelve years she has worked at Wanstead Church School as a classroom assistant.  As our Hall Bookings Manager she is responsible for arranging and overseeing all group and individual bookings as well as maintaining the smooth running of the halls.

Avril Carnelley


Avril worked as a Primary School Head Teacher until her retirement in 2015, but retirement didn’t mean an end to responsibility. As a Churchwarden she plays an active and vital role in the life of our parish, while she is also a Governor of both Wanstead Church School and another school in Barking & Dagenham.

Sue Fitzgerald


Sue studied at Trinity College of Music and the Royal College of Music before working as a professional freelance flautist and teacher. She continues to teach at many schools in the area. Sue also helps lead our Children’s Ministry.

Michelle Wells

Our Safeguarding Officer

Having previously worked in the media for a variety of news outlets, Michelle now specialises in communications in Whitehall. She has served on The Friends committee and is now a member of the PCC. At the same time she has also taken on the critical role Safeguarding Officer for the Parish.

Margaret Adams

Our Vulnerable Adults Lead

A longstanding member of our community, Margaret has a background in social work and has sat on both the Mental Health Tribunal and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunals. She currently chairs the World Church Committee and acts as the Vulnerable Adults Lead on our Safeguarding Committee.

Deborah Dickinson

Our Vulnerable Adults Officer

Deborah has retired from a varied career in education, teaching at all levels from pre-school to 16+ and adults. Her experience also includes the provision of quality assurance for special educational and disability needs. She took over the role of Secretary to The PCC in November 2016.

Mark Hemsley

Headteacher of Wanstead Church School

Mark began his teaching career in a large and multi-cultural primary school in Leytonstone in 1988. In 2000 he moved to a Roman Catholic Primary school in Walthamstow where he became Assistant Headteacher, before being appointed Deputy Head of a school in Chingford. This was followed by a couple of years as Deputy Head of an Ilford school until he moved to Wanstead Church School as the Interim Headteacher. Mark was appointed as Headteacher in September 2012 and has since guided the school to ‘Outstanding’ status.

Pen Garlick

Seniors’ Champion

Pen has lived in Wanstead for 36 years and her three daughters all attended Wanstead Church School. Since retiring from her senior management post at the NHS, she has been more involved in local activities including six years as Church Warden – a stint that included overseeing the installation of the new roof at Christ Church. Pen still sings in the parish choir, while outside the parish she volunteers as a welcomer at the Westfield Rest and Faith Space.

Martin Elliott

Assistant Organist

Martin is the Assistant Organist for Wanstead parish. He worked for 33 years in an Insurance Company in the City until he retired in 2014. He is married to Sandra and has two children. He is a keen musician and plays the organ at both St Mary’s and at Christ Church. He has been a member of Christ Church since 2010 and also sings in the choir. When singing in the choir, you may notice a four legged companion by his side; this will be the latest Guide Dog Puppy that he is training.

Barbara Hepworth

Youth Champion

Barbara is the Youth Champion for our parish. With four daughters aged between 10 and 24 Barbara has volunteered with many of the children and young people’s groups in the parish. In her spare time, outside her role as a Director of Clinical Development at GlaxoSmithKline, Barbara is vice chair of the Miscarriage Association charity.

Grace Odedina

Chair of the Records & Archive Committee

Grace is Chair of the Records & Archive Committee and PCC Assistant Secretary. Married, with a young son, she has been a member of Christ Church since 2012. Working in governance and administration for more than 10 years, her career background has primarily been in international banking and she currently works for the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales). She enjoys playing toy trains with her son, gardening and reading detective novels.

Mary Shaw

Mary has been a member of the PCC since 2017 and, together with Jill Steggle, takes on the role of Treasurer from March 2018.
Mary has worked in the City for the past 20 years and currently works at J.P. Morgan as a project manager. She lives in Wanstead with her husband and their four year-old son.  When finding the time, Mary enjoys reading, exercise classes and (never completing) jigsaws.

Joe Waggott

Music Director and Organist

Joe is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and is currently a PhD student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Joe performs regularly as a continuo player, recently with ensembles such as Ex Cathedra, the London Handel Orchestra, English Touring Opera, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. He is also an assistant conductor of the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain.

Jill Steggle


Jill has been a member of Christ Church since 2010 and with Mary Shaw serves as the PCC Treasurer. She has worked in accounting and finance in New York and London and now resides and works in Wanstead with her husband and their two children. Jill and her family enjoy travelling, especially back to the US, where she grew up, to visit family and friends.

Tom Thompson

Financial Administrator

Tom joined us in 2017 to assist in the Parish office with the Financial administration. Tom is enjoying a busy retirement after a varied career. An early life at sea was followed by a career in engineering, including lecturing in Marine Electronics at London Electronics College, engineering projects both in the UK and overseas and developing a mobile communications network in the UK. In recent years Tom has worked as a part-time consultant on various business development projects.