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Meet our vocations advisers

Welcome!  We are delighted that you have found your way to this page.

Here, you will find details of our group of vocations advisers who are willing to offer you some time to talk and think about what God may be calling you to do with your life.

This is a great opportunity to have an informal conversation with “no strings attached.”

Please take the time to read the profiles of our advisers and then contact us if you would like to begin having conversations about how God is calling you. 

If you have a preference of a vocations adviser who you would like to meet with, please let us know. 

Vocations events, exploring both lay and ordained vocations, are held regularly throughout the Diocese. Find out more here

You are encouraged to sign up and come along to a vocations event that is convenient for you. 

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Kat Alldread
Lay Vocations Officer
01332 388687


Kat Alldread

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I am the Lay Vocations Officer and the coordinator for the group of Vocations Advisers.

It is amazing the different ways God calls each one of us to serve - in our families, in our occupations, in the church, in ministry and in our communities.

I love journeying with people as they explore how and where God is calling them and discovering the wide range of ministries to which people are called.

I am happy to advise those who are discerning a call to ordained or licensed lay ministry and those who sense that God is calling them to something, but are not sure what.

I live near Chesterfield, but I am happy to advise people in any part of the diocese.

Susie Curtis

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I'm Susie and I passionately believe that everyone has a vocation, the shape and focus of this will be unique for us all.

I spent ten years working in the Diocese of Durham as a parish priest and university chaplain.  

During these years, I journeyed with many people -  especially young people and students - as they explored their vocation. Vocations that have led them to social work, scientific research, ordination, accredited pastoral work, teaching and the religious life to name but a few.   

I moved to the Diocese of Derby in autumn 2018 after marrying Andy, who works for Rolls-Royce. 

I am based in Chester Green, Derby and am currently discerning the shape of my own vocation for the next stage of life. 

Please feel free to contact me to chat about God, life - and that niggling thought that won't go away!


Julian Hollywell

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Hello. For me, the journey is what is important.  

People sometimes think exploring vocation is about becoming somebody different and that you can get it ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ … but the vocational journey is one we are all on, it is about discerning God’s intention for us and becoming more the person God calls us each of us to be, whatever our gender or heritage, whether we are straight or gay, regardless of disability or mental health issue we are all created, held and nurtured in God’s love, which means we all have a calling.  

I am a parish priest, living as Vicar of Spondon and an experienced Spiritual Director walking alongside diverse people from different contexts.

Located 2 miles east of Derby city centre in a place called Spondon.


Alistair Langton

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It has been a joy to work as Diocesan Youth Adviser for almost 20 years.

In that time, it has been a real privilege to accompany many young people in their journey through the teenage years and become established in a whole range of jobs and professions or contemplate how God works through them as a parent and homemaker as well as in being a volunteer in the local church or community.

I also enjoy working with adults, many youth leaders have cut their teeth in leadership in the Church and I’ve been delighted to see them move on with this experience in the bank.

It is the relationship role that I particularly enjoy, listening to stories and encouraging folk to reflect on their gifts and talents, on what God and others might be saying to them and then providing space and opportunities for them to try new things and take that next step on the road that God is taking them.

The Diocese of Derby takes vocation seriously, it values lay people and believes that every person, young or old, lay or ordained has an important role to play in building God’s Kingdom in every community in Derbyshire and beyond.

I live near to the south-east corner of the diocese but happy to chat anywhere in Derbyshire as I cover the whole diocese in my role.

As well as training as a Lay Reader I am an ardent Nottingham Forest fan and enjoy swimming, theatre or performing on stage with Long Eaton Operatic Society.


Christine McMullen

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I live on the edge of Buxton and I am a Reader at St Peter's church in Fairfield.

Until I retired I worked  in theological education, latterly as Vice Principal of the Yorkshire Ministry Course where I taught Pastoral Studies, Human Relationships, Ethics and beginners Greek. 

I was a diocesan rep on General Synod for many years and I now review Theological Courses and Colleges for the national Ministry Division.


Owain Mitchell

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I am the vicar of the Parish of Saint George the Martyr, New Mills.

Feeling called to the priesthood from an early age I eventually submitted to God and trained for the priesthood at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, and served my title in the Diocese of York.  From 2005, I was Vicar of a group of parishes in the Diocese of Lincoln before joining the Diocese of Derby in February 2020.

During my time in Lincolnshire, I trained two Curates, and acted as either Supervisor or Theological Reflector for several others.  I served on the Vocations Advisors Group.  I was Spiritual Director for several people discerning their vocation.  And many who were either discerning or in training at the Lincoln School of Theology joined me on placements.

God gives us many vocations – perhaps to be children, parents, careers and so forth.  I also believe that He calls everyone to serve Him in the Church as part of the Royal Priesthood.  For some, this vocation might be as a faithful and prayerful presence; for other’s it may be to the Sacred Priesthood; for others still it could be Church Leadership, children’s work, Reader Ministry and or another role vital to His mission.

I am inspired and invigorated as I journey alongside others who are working out to what God is calling them to.  Those lightbulb moments when things begin to make sense and click into place are a privilege to share.  It is a joy to witness others flourishing in their faith as disciples, called by God to serve Him in the world through His Church.


Richard Palmer

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I spent my whole career in training, development and coaching and have always been drawn to helping others to recognise, develop and discover ways to use their gifts and talents.

I do believe that we are all blessed with God-given gifts, but these don’t always come gift-wrapped with an explanatory label.

Sometimes, therefore, we need to explore them. And having a sounding board during this process is helpful.

I was also privileged to become a Spiritual Accompanier five years ago, walking beside others in their spiritual journey.

Bringing together both our journey and our unique gifts assists us to discern the potential directions in which our calling and vocation may lead us.

That is my understanding of the Vocations Advisor’s role and why I find it so rewarding to offer my time to this.

Geographical area – Based in Ripley.


Jacqueline Stober

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When I was a teenager my ambition was to be a missionary, taking the gospel to the indigenous people of the Amazon on a jet ski! While it’s not been quite that exciting, my faith journey has taken me through some interesting experiences, both here and abroad.

Since those early days I have remained interested in how God calls people to service; following their journey as they discern the voice of God calling them to service in the church, both lay and ordained.

I am committed to helping the church to be more inclusive in its selection of clergy. Being one of very few Black priests I think I may be particularly helpful to those from ethnic minority backgrounds, but I would be privileged to work with anyone who came to me.


Sarah Watson

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Being authentic in who you are and in what God has called you to for me is what vocation is about. We all have a vocation which will look different for each of us. 

After completing a Theology degree at Durham my vocation for many years before ordination was as a secondary school teacher which included school chaplaincy. One of the things I loved doing as a sixth form tutor was journeying with students on their vocational exploration as they moved from school to university or employment.

Having been ordained in 2017 I have recently completed my curacy within the diocese.  I trained at St Hild whilst juggling family life.  I have continued my association with St.Hild and currently lead a module on entrepreneurial mission at the college working alongside ordinands and leaders in training from a variety of denominations. 

I am now based at Saint Phillips Church in Chaddesden where my role is as enabling minister for a revitalisation church plant, which essentially is a pioneering role. 

I am also passionate about sports ministry and young people and serve as a chaplain.


Gillian White

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My own vocational journey started as a teenager, has had many twists and turns along the way and continues to surprise me.

I am glad to listen to others who are also exploring where and how God is calling them to serve.

Now retired from the NHS where I spent most of my working life, I am licenced as a rural pioneer priest, based in Tideswell Parish, and Self Supporting (Non stipendiary) Ministry Officer for the Diocese.

I relax in the outdoors, walking and running round the beautiful area where we live.

I am most available in the Peak Deanery and for people exploring self supporting ministry.


Simon White

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I came to ordination after some years as an English and drama teacher and still enjoy being part of local theatre and drama.

After training in Nottingham, I have worked in both single and multi parish settings, including a spell as a school chaplain.

I consider it a privilege to be alongside anyone who is on a vocational journey of discovering what God’s calling means for them.

I’m now based in Tideswell, where I’m the vicar of five village churches and most available in the Peak or North Derbyshire.


Contact the Vocations team

Please use this form to talk to us about exploring your vocation and working with one of our advisers.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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