Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

In 2010 the Bishop's Council agreed the following purpose for CMD:

The fundamental purpose of Continuing Ministerial Development is to equip and develop the Church’s ministers in order that they may stimulate and enable the whole Church to participate more fully in worship and in the mission of God in the world.

We seek to do this is a number of ways, and details of how we work can be found in these pages.

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CMD Staff

The staff of the CMD Department of the diocese work under the direction of the Canon Dr Roger Matthews, Director for Mission and Ministry. Each of the Episcopal Areas has an Adviser and there is also a CMD Administrator based in our Diocesan Offices who will try to help or redirect you on any CMD matter. We also each have diocesan wide responsibility for the learning of curates and on going training of all clergy and Readers after that first phase of their ministry.

Our aim is to assist all clergy and Readers in the diocese to develop the habit of lifelong learning.  We recently changed the 'E' for Education in our Team's name to 'D' for Development reflecting national changes.

     Revd Canon Andy Griffiths

      CMD Adviser for the Bradwell Episcopal Area

      Co-ordinator of curate training (IME 2). 


Andy Griffiths has been coordinator for curate training and Bradwell Area CMD advisor since October 2017.  Previously, he was Director of Studies for a theological college in Hungary, was an incumbent for 12 years (including supervising three curates) and served as Area Dean for 10 years.

He has written on church merger, the Moravian movement, formation and incumbency, is a passionate believer in Mission and Ministry Units, and has an interest in new monastic initiatives.

Contact details

 Tel: 07976 673087

Revd Jill Mowbray

Revd Jill Mowbray

Barking CMD Adviser & Adviser for Life Long Learning 

CMD Adviser for the Barking Area, and responsibility for all post-curacy CME across the diocese.

Jill has a background in adult education and lay development, having worked in schools, as a Tutor-Counsellor for the Open University and for ten years in the Stepney Area of London Diocese in Parish Ministry Development. She has been a spiritual director and has interests in groupwork and consultancy to individuals and teams. Jill is part of the Barking Area Staff team, and is the CMD link person with Eastern Region dioceses and London Diocese for all post-curacy CMD.  

Find out more about Continuing Ministerial Development and Jill's role in the Barking Area

Contact details

Tel: 020 8281 2574
Mobile: 07590 929953

Revd Jill Mowbray

Revd Canon Alex Summers

Barking Assistant CMD Adviser (0.5 with focus on SSM curates, ESL and Advanced study)

Ordained in 2009, Alex has a background in primary school teaching.  Since ordination he has served in Chingford, Walthamstow, and most recently as Area Dean of Waltham Forest. He is also vicar of St Michael and All Angels, Walthamstow.  Alex delights in the variety and rich diversity of ministering in East London. He has a long-standing interest in history, politics and social justice issues with a particular focus on the Middle East.  He has a passion for teaching and accompanying others on their learning journey.   

Contact details

Tel: 020 8509 3895

Revd Geoff ReadRevd Geoff Read

Colchester Episcopal Area CMD Adviser & Adviser with responsibility for Clergy Wellbeing and Ministerial Development Review (MDR)

Revd Geoff Read is Colchester Episcopal Area CMD Adviser and supports the formation and development of Mission and Ministry Unit leaders and teams throughout the Diocese. He also has oversight of Diocesan provision of clergy wellbeing initiatives and Ministerial Development Review.

Geoff took up this post in October 2013. His background is over twenty five years in parish ministry in the Diocese of Guildford (curate, team vicar and team rector in a market town and outer estate) and then as Chaplain of the Anglican Church in Basel, Switzerland in the Diocese in Europe. During this time he also developed experience in community development and as a training incumbent.

Geoff’s passion is to help people and groups to develop their full potential in Christ. In this role he supports curates and other clergy in their professional and vocational life-long learning in the Colchester Area.  He has studied and written on clergy wellbeing (“Ministry Burnout”, Grove P120) and recently completed a MA in Consultancy for Mission and Ministry from York St John.

Contact details

Tel: 0781 353 8926

Sue DenhamSue Denham

CMD Administrator

Sue Denham works to support the CMD Advisers, undertaking the administrative and organisational work which goes on behind the scenes. Sue is the person who ensures payment of grants once the CMD Advisers have approved a grant application. If one or all of the Advisers are out of the office teaching on a course, Sue can often give advice.

Contact details

Diocesan Office, 53 New Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1AT
Tel: 01245 294450
E-mail: Sue Denham

For more information please contact Jill Mowbray
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