Staff Team

REVD CANON JONATHAN BAKER

Vicar 

Jonathan has been Vicar of Beverley Minster and its Associated Churches since December 2017. He was formerly Canon Missioner and Acting Dean at Peterborough Cathedral, and before that was in parish ministry near Scarborough.

Jonathan is particularly interested in the communication of the Christian faith in a changing world, and the unique opportunities offered by Beverley Minster as a special place.

He is sustained by Sue, who is an English teacher, and Maisie the Labrador who provides exercise and pet therapy. The four Baker children are all in their 20s but still have rooms in the Vicarage. Jonathan enjoys architecture and the visual arts, including film, and feels his table football-playing prime still lies ahead of him.

REVD WENDY WALE

Associate Vicar

Wendy arrived at the Minster in September 2018 and is the new Associate Vicar and Pioneer Minister for 20s-40s (do ask her what that means!)

Before the great move North she was a curate in Edgbaston, Birmingham (where she acquired the lovely husband Tom) and then a Chaplain at Wadham College in Oxford (where they grew to a family of 3 with the addition of Jonah the Cockapoo).

Before ordination Wendy had a career in primary education that took her to Cambridge, Peterborough, Cameroon and central London. Along the way she trained as a systemic relationship counsellor.

Wendy can usually be found with a mug of tea in her hand and is trying hard to resist too much cake. She’s passionate about hospitality, inclusion and diversity.

In their free time, you’ll find Wendy and Tom on the beach, out walking Jonah, sharing meals with friends or travelling somewhere exciting.

REVD TIM KELLY

Curate

Tim was born in Derby and lived in Derbyshire until he went to the University of Cambridge to study Computer Science. He was brought up in a Christian family, and remembers making a personal commitment to become a Christian at a rain-soaked North Wales holiday camp in 1984 (the venue of an event called “Spring Harvest”). He was sacristan of the College Chapel whilst at Cambridge and enjoyed its choral tradition.

After Cambridge he moved to the University of York in 1994 to pursue his doctorate. At the end of his time as a PhD student he met Charlotte (a fellow student) through a shared interest in bell ringing. Alongside his progression in his academic career (to become a professor in 2012), and the arrival of three children, Tim became increasingly involved in the life of the church through preaching, leading, and as a youthwork leader and churchwarden in Clifton Parish Church, York.

In 2015 he finally ‘gave in’ to the inner promptings and started to pursue his calling to become a priest. He began training for ministry in 2016 and was ordained in 2019.

ROBERT POYSER

Director of Music

Robert Poyser was appointed Director of Music in 2009 and enjoys the many opportunities for music that the Minster’s diverse liturgical styles offer.

Robert combines his role at the Minster with a busy programme of teaching, accompanying and recitals whilst enjoying cooking, most things railway related and following Gloucestershire’s cricket team.

ANITA DATTA

Assistant Director of Music

Anita was appointed in 2019 to support the flourishing music department at the Minster. Originally from the East Riding, Anita was Organ Scholar at Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and has worked as an organist, conductor and classical soprano at churches and schools in London and Durham before returning to Beverley. She balances her post at the Minster with writing up her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Durham, which explores the strategies and experiences of queer and feminist activists in Kolkata, India.

Anita has occasionally been known to crochet small animals and compete in Ballroom and Latin dance competitions, though not usually at the same time. Being of both Yorkshire and Indian (Bengali) heritage, Anita is a committed tea-a-holic, and is very fond of feeding people large quantities of curry to express fellowship and affection.

BEN MERRELL

Youth and Children’s Minister

Ben has been working with the children and young people at Beverley Minster since summer 2014. Before that he spent time working in a wide variety of jobs after graduating with a degree in civil engineering from Swansea University. It was while at uni that Ben realised that he was going to spend his life working for the church. Ben is married to Sarah who is a veterinary surgeon in Hull, and they have taken the growth of youth at the Minster very seriously since their daughter Isla was born in 2015. When he’s not at work Ben enjoys cricket, movies and walking up mountains.

CHRISTINE BULL

Parish Secretary

Christine has worked as Parish Secretary since 1999. She is based in the Parish Centre and is often the first point of contact for visitors to the Minster, as well as those arranging weddings and baptisms. She is married to John and has two grown up children and one granddaughter. In her spare time she likes to potter around the garden and enjoys a good book.

LAUREN SIMPSON

Assistant Parish Secretary

Lauren joined the team at the Parish Centre in October 2017 after a brief stint as a volunteer in November 2014 whilst studying for her Masters degree. She enjoyed her time at the Minster so much that she couldn’t wait to come back! You’ll find her sitting at Reception in the Parish Centre or wandering around the Minster finding material to add to the archives. In her spare time she enjoys reading, baking, yoga, and walking in the Yorkshire Dales.

JANE MYERS

Shop Manager

Jane has worked as Shop Manager since 2005, she is based in the Parish Centre and also the shop in the Minster. She manages a great team of volunteers who staff the shop and love speaking to visitors. All profits from the shop are donated to The Parochial Church Council of Beverley Minster. Jane is married to Peter and has a son at University and a daughter who attends Beverley High School. When not at work she can be found on the golf course.

ELEANOR ROBINSON

Lead Virger

Eleanor joined the virger team in January 2018. She likes working with people and is a committed Christian. She enjoys working in a church environment and taking part in services. She also enjoys meeting visitors who come to see our magnificent church. She has an interest in history and is gradually learning more about the Minster and St John of Beverley.

PAUL NEWMAN

Assistant Virger

LIBBY NAYLOR

Relief Virger