The Team


Jack Valero

Jack Valero, coordinator and co-founder of Catholic Voices, is also Press Officer for Opus Dei in the UK. In 2006 he co-ordinated, with Austen Ivereigh,  the Da Vinci Code Response Group, a team of Catholics who made themselves available to the media in the run-up to the DVC film. In 2010 he was Press Officer for the Beatification of Cardinal Newman within the Papal Visit to Britain.

Austen Ivereigh

Dr Austen Ivereigh, coordinator and co-founder of Catholic Voices, is an author, journalist and commentator, who is a well-known voice on TV and radio on church affairs. From 2000-2004 he was deputy editor of The Tablet. From 2004 to 2006 he was Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor's public affairs director. He is the author of various books, most recently How to Defend the Faith without Raising your Voice (Our Sunday Visitor, 2012).  

Kathleen Griffin

Kathleen Griffin is a broadcaster, writer and academic. She has been a producer on many BBC Radio 4 programmes, including Woman's Hour, Feedback and In Touch. She is currently a senior lecturer in Broadcast Media at Brighton University and regularly trains journalists for the BBC. Her many  books include 'The Forgiveness Formula' (Simon and Schuster, 2003), a practical guide on the steps to forgiveness. 


Dominic Burbidge

Dr Dominic Burbidge is lecturer in African studies at the University of Oxford.

Marie Jones

Marie Jones is a full-time mother of two with a background in Youth Ministry. She has worked with the physically and mentally handicapped and spent time with L’Arche community.

Sue Petritz

Sue Petritz is a family law solicitor. As part of her ongoing faith formation she obtained an MA in Theology: Liturgy in 2008. She has a particular interest in adult faith formation and parish life.

Fr Paul Keane

Fr Paul Keane is the Vice Rector and Dean of Theology of St Mary's College, Oscott, which trains men for the priesthood. Born in London, he read History at Cambridge and trained to be a priest at The English College in Rome.

Natalie Orefice

Natalie is a married mother of two children. She is currently working for the Archdiocese of Birmingham as Advisor for Parish Evangelisation.  For over fourteen years she worked as a Detention Officer for West Midlands Police. She read Psychology at university.

Poppy MacDonald

Poppy MacDonald is currently studying for an MA in Bioethics at St Mary’s University, Twickenham whilst working full-time as a Commodity Buyer in Aerospace Engineering.

John Coverdale

John Coverdale manages a Heritage Lottery Fund project and shrine in Kent. He studied History followed by Ecclesiastical History at the universities of Oxford, Royal Holloway, King’s College London, and Melbourne, Australia.

Brenden Thompson

Brenden Thompson is currently completing a Masters in Theology at Oxford on the subject of 'Newman and the New Evangelisation'. He has a passion for effective use of New Media and is currently working as Pastoral Assistant at St Mary's, Hampstead.

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan is a tax advisor specialising in international and European law. He is a member of the Catholic movement, Communion and Liberation.

Fiona Mansford

Fiona Mansford is the Director of Pure in Heart UK, Part Time Chaplain at City University London and a freelance speaker. Fiona holds a BA in Theology & Religious Studies and has undertaken courses at the Theology of the Body Institute in Philadelphia.

Fiona O’Reilly

Fiona O’Reilly is a management consultant, specialising in programme and project management. She also leads Soul Food, a lay initiative that brings together a large range of Catholic professionals living and working in London.

Johnny Church

Johnny Church is currently studying Classics at Oxford. At university he is involved the pro-life society and coordinating the termly Nightfever vigil, and has spent time working with the Missionaries of Charity.

Edward Rennie

Edward Rennie is a Christian Socialist, Borough Councillor and religious broadcaster. He has previously worked for the campaigning solicitor Imran Khan, and has had a few stints as a Wine merchant. He became a Catholic in 2007.

Isaac Chenchiah

Isaac Chenchiah is lecturer in applied mathematics at the University of Bristol. He is a convert to the Catholic Faith.

Peter D. Williams

Peter D. Williams is an atheist ‘revert’ to the Catholic Faith, Executive Officer for Right To Life, a right-to-life campaigning organisation, and a writer on religious and political issues.

Liz Toy

Liz Toy is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist in the NHS specialising in thoracic malignancy. She has an interest in ethical issues at the end of life.


John McAleer

John McAleer read Philosophy and Theology at Trinity College Dublin and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He worked for the Papal Visit Team prior to Pope Benedict's visit to the UK and is now teaching in a Catholic Secondary School in London.

Anna-Marie Treloar

Anna-Marie Treloar is a medical student at Hull York Medical School. She has worked with local and national Catholic youth initiatives, and with York University Catholic Society.

Mary Clarkson

Mary Clarkson is a Labour Councillor and governor of a Catholic primary school in Oxford. Married with four children, she has a background in management consultancy and in employment and social policy.

Clare-Ann Fransen

Clare-Ann Hamel-Smith is a recently qualified architect. She grew up in Trinidad and Tobago and has been living in the UK for nearly 10 years. From a young age she has been involved in giving talks on pro-life and human sexuality issues.

Helen Hunt

Helen Hunt is a theology student at Durham University and President of Durham University Catholic Society. Before University she spent some time working as a volunteer youth worker for the Church.

Gregory Daly

Gregory Daly is completing a PhD in ancient history at the University of Manchester. Author of Cannae: The Experience of Battle in the Second Punic War, he studied History and Greek and Roman Civilization in University College Dublin, where he taught for several years.

Caroline Farrow

Caroline is a columnist for the Catholic Universe and a member of the BBC’s 100 women group. She blogs for the Conservative Woman website. She is married to a Catholic priest and is mother of five young children.

Marianne Neary

Marianne graduated at Cambridge University and is continuing her Medicine degree at University College London. She is a keen science writer, musician and will be running for CAFOD in the London Marathon 2012.

Peter Smith

Peter Smith is a lawyer who works in central London. He has previously worked in Parliament.

Richard Solomon

Richard Solomon is a convert married with five young children. A chartered accountant, he also serves as Honorary Treasurer of Providence Row, one of the oldest Catholic charities for the destitute, and is a member of Communion & Liberation.

Joe Ronan

Joe Ronan is a businessman and lifelong Catholic. He's worked in science and industry following a degree in Chemistry from Imperial College, and has a particular interest in education and parish life.

Meg Schützer-Weissmann

Meg Schützer-Weissmann works for a rare book dealer, for a school as archivist, and for an art history study program as administrator. She is currently studying for the Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis and has volunteered with the Order of Malta in France and Lebanon.

Alice Heans

Alice Heans is a convert from the Church of England and a member of the Ordinariate. She studied Theology at Heythrop college and is now studying for an MA in Christian Spirituality. Alice is also volunteering for the Alliance of Pro-life students.

Clare Mulvany

A midwife by profession, Clare is married with six children. A Catholic revert, a home educator and a lazy blogger, she is enthusiastic about the Church's teaching, particularly in the areas of pro-life work and the education of young people.

Miguel Bravo

Miguel Bravo is a Technology Consultant based in London, with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy. Born in Venezuela and raised in West Sussex, he enjoys reading, doing long-distance running, and learning foreign languages.

Matthew Oliver

Matthew, a New Zealander, is married and lives in Brighton. He is a part-qualified accountant working in the City of London and returned to his faith in 2010. Matthew is a volunteer in the Brighton and Hove "Night Shelter" scheme, run by local Christian parishes.

Carl Fernandes

Carl is a medical doctor, a General Practitioner in the National Health Service. He enjoys working with his diverse group of patients in his local community - in the cultural melting pot of Brighton.

Sarah de Nordwall

Sarah de Nordwall works in a bardschool, writing poems on commission for business and charity events. She also runs her own shows and creative poetry workshops in the community. She is passionate about women's issues and volunteers for "40 Days for Life".  

Olive Nsababera

Olive Nsababera graduated from Yale University with a B.A in Economics.  She currently works in a law firm where she focuses on legal research and case management.

Obianuju Ekeocha

Obianuju Ekeocha is originally from Nigeria, now living and working in Kent as a Biomedical Scientist. She is also a founding member of Culture of Life Africa, an initiative dedicated to the promotion and propagation of the Gospel of Life in Africa. 

Laura D'Arcy

Laura D'Arcy is a barrister, practising in commercial law. Before being called to the Bar, she read History at Cambridge.

Catherine Anderson

Catherine Anderson is a Development Officer for the charity Life, working in London on housing and care projects. She formally worked in IT as a Marketing Executive and has a background in fundraising. She is a Trustee of The Amar Jyoti Trust, which helps blind children in India.

Neil D’Aguiar

Neil D’Aguiar has Degree in Theology from Durham University, including a year at Kings College London. He works as a RE Teacher and Director of Spirituality at Richard Challoner School. He is also a carer to his wife.

James Newman

James Newman is a medical student at the University of London, having previously studied at the University of Oxford. He enjoys reading about Middle-Eastern history.

Michael d'Arcy

Michael d'Arcy is a barrister, practising in commercial law. After a degree and doctorate in physics at the University of Oxford he was a lecturer both at Oxford and King's College London. He has also carried out science policy research in Washington DC.

Carolyne D'cruze

Carolyne D'cruze is a Practice Manager for a Consultant Dermatologist. She has been a Catechist for RCIA for the past seventeen years, and co-ordinates a weekly Catholic Charismatic prayer group.

William Johnstone

William Johnstone was an Anglican clergyman. He works for the St Barnabas Society, a Catholic charity that supports convert ministers and religious, while studying classics at University College London.

Elizabeth Howard

Elizabeth Howard is the mother of five children. She became a Catholic while a student at Oxford, and previously worked in academic publishing. As a donor-conceived adult, she is interested -- among other things -- in the ethics of assisted reproduction.

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