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Who’s who

About St Martin - Who we are

Information about our clergy and senior team at St Martin-in-the-Fields.

You are welcome to contact members of the clergy.
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Revd Dr Sam Wells

The Revd Dr Sam WellsRevd Dr Sam Wells is the vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields. He has served as a parish priest for 15 years – 10 of those in urban priority areas. He also spent 7 years in North Carolina where he was Dean of Duke University Chapel.

Sam is also Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College, London, and a non-residential theological canon at Chichester Cathedral. He has published 20 books, including works on Christian ethics and collections of sermons. He is married to the Revd Dr Jo Bailey Wells. They have two children.

Revd Richard Carter

Richard Carter leading prayers at St Martin-in-the-FieldsRevd Richard Carter is Associate Vicar for Mission.  He was ordained in 1992 and has been a full time priest at St Martin’s since 2006. He has special responsibility for the education programme, international links and hospitality of the church and links up with the Connection at St Martin’s for services, events and to lead the Spirituality Group. Before coming to St Martin’s Richard was Chaplain to the Melanesian Brotherhood in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

Revd Katherine Hedderly

Photo of the Revd Katherine Hedderly

Revd Katherine Hedderly is Associate Vicar for Ministry. She has particular responsibility for liturgy and worship, communications, prayer and spirituality, and young people’s ministry, and has been a full time priest at St Martin’s since 2009. She also acts as a spiritual director. Before being ordained Katherine previously worked in the film and television business, in script development and drama production and as director of an independent production company.

Revd Jonathan Evens

Revd Jonathan Evens is Associate Vicar for Partnerships. He has been a part time priest at St Martin’s since 2015 and is also Priest-in-charge at St Stephen Walbrook, a City of London church which works in partnership with St Martin’s. Jonathan is also a director of Sophia Hubs Limited and secretary to commission4mission. Before being ordained Jonathan worked in the Civil Service forming partnerships to support disabled people in finding or retaining work. He is co-author of ‘The Secret Chord,’ an impassioned study of the role of music in cultural life written through the prism of Christian belief.

Revd Dr Alastair McKay

ThumbnailRevd Dr Alastair McKay is assistant curate, serving a three-year curacy at St Martin’s, half-time. He was ordained deacon at St Paul’s Cathedral on 4 July 2015. In his self-supporting ministry he provides training, coaching and consultancy for church leaders, regional and national church bodies.

Alastair was previously executive director of Bridge Builders, a service he co-founded in 1996 and headed up until 2015.  His doctoral research explored how disagreement is handled, and what use is made of facilitation skills, in church staff meetings. He is married with two adult children, and lives in north London.

Gail Elkington, Churchwarden

IMG_0016Gail Elkington has been at St Martins for over six years and was elected as churchwarden in 2015. In her first year she is looking forward to getting to know people and finding out more about the breadth of the work across the whole of the St Martin’s site.


In her day job, Gail is a Policy Adviser at the Department of Health and in any spare time she enjoys cooking (and eating!), reading and spending time with her partner and friends.

Ali Lyon, Churchwarden

Picture of Ali LyonAli Lyon has been part of St Martin’s for 20 years, and churchwarden since 2010. In this role, she works alongside the rest of team to support the whole of the St Martin’s community, building up the things that unite us. In the rest of her life, she runs a communication and coaching service, at And if she has any spare time, she loves making clergy vestments – see some pictures at

Allyson Hargreaves, Executive Director

Picture of Allyson Hargreaves Allyson is Executive Director of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Ltd. She has been working in the British hospitality and tourism industry for many years.  In 1987 she was part of the team that founded St Martin’s trading subsidiary, St Martin-in-the-Fields Enterprise Ltd (now St Martin-in-the-Fields Ltd), which manages the Café in the Crypt, the concerts programme, the Shop, Brass Rubbing, exhibitions and venue hire.  Annual turnover has now reached almost £4m with all profits supporting the work of St Martin’s.

In the last 25 years, Allyson has managed all of the profit-making areas of St Martin’s and was the client / contractor operations liaison throughout the £36m building project, the Renewal of St Martin’s.  In her current role as Executive Director she is responsible for the strategic direction of the business, overall operations of the site and management of a staff team of 80.

Helen Platts, PCC Treasurer

Helen PlattsHelen has been part of St Martin’s since 2014 and was elected Treasurer in April 2015. She has 30 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant in a wide range of public sector and charitable organisations. She is looking forward to strengthening her connection with St Martin’s both as a member of the congregation and as Treasurer.

Adam Clark, Head Steward

Portrait of Adam Clark against white backgroundAdam is responsible for the team of 60 volunteer stewards who welcome worshippers to St Martin’s. He has been involved with the church since 1996 when he did the annual St Martin’s pilgrimage to Canterbury for the first time, a feat he has repeated every year since, leading the “steady” group of pilgrims over the four-day walk. He runs his own business which helps organisations to thrive through getting the best out of their staff.

If you would like to help Adam and the other stewards by joining the team, or want to share the experience you had as a visitor, please contact Adam.

Andrew Bennison, Children’s Champion

Me-webAndrew has been part of the congregation at St Martin’s since 2013 and joined the staff as Pastoral Assistant in September 2015. In this role he supports the worship and ministry of the church and acts as Children’s Champion, ensuring that children are actively involved in the life of the congregation.

Before joining St Martin’s he read History at the University of Oxford and taught for two years in a Church of England secondary school in central London.

Find out about our Patron Saint St Martin on our History page.