Our Team


Richard Pennystan - Vicar

Richard has been vicar of St Chad’s Romiley since October 2011, having moved here from London, following a clear call from God.

Richard’s longing is for St Chad’s to fulfil the four Dreams God has given us: That together we can grow in deeper maturity, experience more of God, see our community come to know Jesus and raise the next generation full of love and generosity. In his book ‘Awakening’ he shares the biblical foundations for his passion to see the Church move from hollow religion to heavenly relationship.

Richard is married to Nells and is father of four boys. Outside of church life, Richard loves cricket, cooking, reading and is fairly familiar with social media and networking! (you can follow him on twitter as @revrlp or read his blog here: https://romileyrichard.wordpress.com)

Email: vicar@stchadsromiley.co.uk


Elle Bird - Head of Children's and Youth Work

Elle arrived in November 2012 and heads up our ministry to children and young people. She is passionate about seeing the next generation step into the calling God has put on their lives, through encountering his Holy Spirit and cultivating lives that are centred on pursuing him. Elle’s heart is that church functions as one united family, including everyone in the journey of a life-time. Elle is married to Paul and they have a rabbit called Parker, and a daughter called Lucy or 'Baby Bird' to her friends!

Phone: 0161 430 1146

Email: elle@stchadsromiley.co.uk


Jane Higginbottom - Head of Operations

Jane takes care of all the operational matters at St Chad's. Whether managing the staff teams, looking into health and safety and safeguarding, managing our communications or helping to arrange events and meetings.   Jane joined the team in September 2019. Married to Tom, and mum to Jack and Henry, Jane enjoys cooking, reading and having a coffee and chat with people.

Phone: 0161 430 4652 

Email: jane@stchadsromiley.co.uk


Alys Bassett - Operations Assistant

Alys has been working alongside Jane in the Operations Team since September 2021.  Her main responsibilties include overseeing the communications for St Chads ranging from digital & print media, mangaging our website & social media and looking after our Sunday volunteer rota along with a myriad of other administration tasks!

Alys is married to Adie and together they have 3 boys.

Phone: 0161 430 4652

Email: alys@stchadsromiley.co.uk


Ian Otto - Facilities Manager

Ian looks after our buildings and everything to go with them! He is recognisable around Romiley in his bright blue van, as he moves stuff and sets things up for St Chad's (and for many older people in our community!)

Phone: 0161 430 4652

Email: office@stchadsromiley.co.uk (FAO: Ian)


Ann Russell - Parish Visitor

Ann, along with Neil, joined our staff team in July 2018, she is married to Neil and they have 3 sons. She has been a member of St Chad’s for 14 years. Ann enjoys visiting people, particularly elderly people. She is thoughtful, kind and compassionate. Ann also works part time as a community nurse and enjoys cycling, swimming and baking cakes. She is highly visible cycling regularly round Romiley.


Neil Russell - Parish Visitor

Neil, along with Ann, joined our staff team in July 2018. Neil has been retired for 3 years and enjoys voluntary work at Stepping Hill Hospital. He is a kind unassuming man with a great sense of humour and prefers working ‘behind the scenes’. Together with Ann, Neil is enjoying the new role of parish visitor at St Chad’s. Previous to being employed by St Chads, Neil enjoyed working voluntarily with the St Chad’s visiting team and continues to help with the monthly services at a local nursing home.  Neil enjoys walking with a local group and he has been a Manchester City supporter since birth!