Our People

Staff Team

Caroline Mansley
Team Vicar/Area Dean
Caroline is Team Vicar for the pastoral area covering Kingsnorth and Shadoxhurst. Caroline arrived in Kingsnorth in September 2016, having moved from the Church of Ireland where she was ordained in 2011 and served as Curate in Kesh, Co. Fermanagh. Her work background is mainly in Sales, including Educational Publishing, both in N Ireland and in Devon and Hampshire. Caroline is married to Nigel and has two grown-up children; Chris still in N Ireland and hoping to join them and Jessica who is married to Ross with two grandsons, who live near Eastbourne. She enjoys English summers, good coffee and chocolate, Spain and France.
Eve Lanchantin-Piggott
Team Vicar

Eve has been team vicar for the pastoral area of Kennington since August 2016, having already served in the Ashford area as curate at St Mary's Asford under Colin Preece from 2007-2010, Prior to that, Eve was a minister in the French Reformed Church from 1997 to 2006 after having worked as an English/French/Arabic translator. Eve is married to Michael and together they have seven children and fifteen grandchildren. 

Richard Bellamy
Richard is Priest for the pastoral area covering Ashford Town Centre. He is also Chaplain to Ashford School. Richard and Carol have been married for almost thirty years. They have two sons, James (23) and Tom (19). After further education in graphic arts, Richard spent six years in commercial practice before joining Mission Aviation Fellowship in 1990 to manage the design and production of all supporter communications. He joined the Rainbow Centre team in 2011 supporting homeless and destitute people for five years before managing a government funded sustainability project. Richard was ordained in 2010 and served the first half of his curacy as a self-supporting minister in Cheriton with Newington benefice
Dawn Stamper
Associate Priest

Dawn is Associate Priest to the Ashford Team particularly working with John After working in London for many years Dawn moved to live in Pluckley and now lives on a smallholding with her husband Jonathan and children Peta and Stanley. Although it has gradually become a very smallholding, she still has the daily routine of looking after a few animals and a fruit and veg patch which is the perfect antidote to a busy work life in her role as a self-supporting priest within the Ashford ministry team.

Cathie Aldis-Saunders
Associate Priest

Cathie is an Associate Priest to the Ashford Team particularly working with Caroline Mansley

Andrew Brown
Assistant Curate

Andrew is Assistant Curate to the Ashford Team particularly working the Willesborough Local Area (Willesborough, Sevington & Christ Church)

Bruce Watson
Assistant Curate

Bruce started as curate to Caroline at Kingsnorth in June 2019 following his ordination at Canterbury Cathedral. He was previously a French teacher and also worked as a Children, Youth & Families worker in Deal. He is married to Jacqui & they have two teenage children. He loves sport and enjoys playing hockey, Parkrun and watching QPR (winning is a bonus!)

Dawn Evans
Ignite Enabler

Dawn joined the team in Sept 2018 for 3 years to work alongside us as an Ignite Project Community Mission Enabler.

She will work in the areas around St Francis Church and Christ Church South Ashford.

For the past few years Dawn has been teaching, firstly at Canterbury Christ Church University and more recently in The John Wallis Academy. She lives in Dover and has been worshipping in St Paul’s Church Margate, where the Ignite Project began, for the past 18 years.

Phil Sibbald
Team Development Officer, Local Administrator - Kennington & Ashford Deanery Lay Chair

Phil joined the team in March 2017 to support many different projects in the development of the new Ashford Team. Prior to that, he worked for 10 years for Dow Jones International Limited in London. Phil’s main passion is music and started playing the piano at 7 years old and classical singing at 16. Phil has also been Director of music at two local areas in the parish between 2005 & 2017 Phil has an active life in the church being Lay Chair of Ashford Deanery and the Canterbury Diocese and may other roles. His hobbies include Genealogy and Imperial/Royal History and the odd bit of bling 🙂  Phil is also the Local Administrator for Kennington

Sue Sawyer
Local Area Administrator - Ashford

Sue joined the Local Area Team at Ashford in April 2019 Sue is an Old Dovorian but has lived in Ashford for 32 years and attends St Mary’s Ashford where she served in various capacities, currently as Local Warden. As manager of the Volunteer Centre for many years, she had the privilege of working with wonderful teams of volunteers. She is not a great walker but enjoy's cycling (in dry weather only); like gardening, driving and reading; love the theatre and her children and grand-daughter (soon to be joined by a brother).

Helen West
Local Area Administrator - Kingsnorth
Helen joined the Admin team in April 2017. Helen is also the verger for Shadoxhurst Church, which is now a Chapel of Ease. She is married to Ron and they have two sons, Milo who is married to Catriona and Carl who is engaged to another Helen. They have a beautiful daughter named Anna. Her only grandchild, so she's slightly biased! Who gives them great joy and keeps us busy. She has been a nurse all of her working life, retiring two years ago. She started out at sixteen on the wards and ended at a GP surgery as a diabetic specialist nurse. Her hobbies are reading and gardening now that she has time to indulge in them.
Libby Varley
Local Area Administrator - South East Ashford & Great Chart Local Area

Libby is the Local Area Administrator for the South East Ashford area (inc. Willesborough, Sevington & Christchurch) and the Great Chart Area. Libby has worked as the Parish Administrator for Willesborough with Sevington since 2008 and more recently Christchurch and Ashford. Libby and her family have worshipped at Willesborough for some years. She is married to Paul and they have an 18 year old daughter who has just started university, a 14 year old son and a 9 year old dog. Libby enjoys spending time with her family.