Vocations and Training

The Vocations and Training team is headed by The Revd Preb Dr Jeanette Hartwell, and encourages, nurtures and equips those exploring vocations and those training for formal ministry. Discernment and support for lay and ordained ministry is offered by a team of Vocation Advisers, Diocesan Assessors, Directors for Ordinands and Vocations and Training Coordinators.

The team offers a range of training and resources for discipleship as well as diocesan training for Lay Ministry. 

Please explore the links to the right of this page to see what is available.

Team Members

The Revd Preb Dr Jeanette Hartwell

Director of Ministry


Jeanette has overall responsibility for the Vocations & Training Team.  The team incorporates: Lay training (including Reader training), Curate training, licensing and ordination, continuing ministerial development (CMD), ministry development review (MDR) and clergy wellbeing.

She also oversees the Team as they aim to encourage people across the diocese to think about, and discover, their vocation.

The Revd Preb Romita Shrisunder

Bishops’ Director of Ordinands / aka BDO 

Romita has the responsibility for encouraging and nurturing vocations to ordained ministry. She is also responsible for establishing and implementing ordination strategies in the diocese. Romita also oversees the team of Assistant Directors of Ordinands.

Lay Ministerial Learning and Development Officer

Clare has responsibiliity for Reader development and other forms of lay ministry training. Clare acts as personal tutor to Readers in training, liaising with our partner theological education provider, The Queen’s Foundation. She serves on the Queen’s Reader Advisory Group and the Diocesan Reader Council.

The Revd Preb John Allan

Assistant Director of Ordinands

John is another of the privileged members of the team who has the chance to help people explore their vocation

The Revd Peter Hubbard

Assistant Director of Ordinands

Peter is another of the privileged members of the team who has the chance to help people explore their vocation

Helen Scheven

Office: 01543 306223


Executive Assistant to the Vocations and Training Team

Helen works with those at the beginning of their vocational journey and with those interested in lay ministries. Helen supports those on Reader Training and also oversees Pathways.


Angela Bruno

Office: 01543 306220
Mobile: 07957 684197

Executive Assistant to the BDO

Diocesan Data Manager

Angela works with those exploring ordination, training for ordained ministry and those in curacy.  Angela is a key point of liaison between the diocese and ordinands/curates throughout initial ministerial training. 

Cath Hughes

Office: 01543 306226

Vocations and Training Co-ordinator

Cath looks after Reader Licences and PtOs and those at the early stages of exploring their vocation.


Jane Instone

Office: 01543 306228
Email: jane.instone@lichfield.anglican.org

MDR/CMD Co-ordinator

Jane looks after the ongoing review and development process for ordained clergy. For those that dislike acronyms, those are programmes known as 'Ministry Development Review' and 'Continuing Ministerial Development'




Jules Smith

Mobile: 07498 192669
Email: jules.smith@lichfield.anglican.org

Strategic Ministry Development Officer.

Jules will shape a programme of training and development opportunities for Christian leaders at a time of change. The programme will support chaplains, pioneers, school heads and lay officers alongside parish clergy.

For general enquiries please contact Angela or Helen in the first instance.

St Mary's House,
The Close,
WS13 7LD

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