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The Court of Sion College is elected annually at the Annual General Meeting from amongst its fellows. A new court member starts as an assistant, before moving through from Junior Dean to Senior Dean before becoming President. The role of past Presidents is also important to maintain continuity. The lay Fellows are elected by the Court and generously give their time and wisdom to support and encourage the clergy.

The Court are responsible for the smooth and proper running of the College and attend monthly Court meetings, an away day each year to plan the subsequent year’s programme and take on the responsibility for running the many events each year.

Court members are easily identified at events by their Court badges with the red (and occasionally purple) ribbons. As hosts of the event, any question, query or comment is gratefully received.




The Reverend Eileen McGregor

Eileen McGregor is Associate Vicar of St Nicholas Chiswick and worked in the City prior to ordination.

Her interests include walking and enjoying family life.



Senior Dean

The Reverend Prebendary Jeremy Crossley

Jeremy is vicar of three churches round Bank Junction in the City of London. A Lancastrian by birth he read history at Durham & then worked for some years in the Ministry of Defence before going to theological college in 1981 as a London ordinand. Since ordination he has served his title in the Rochester Diocese & has served on London parishes for just under 30 years.

When not working he enjoys reading political biography, music, seeing friends, visiting art galleries, walking, food & wine.

Junior Dean

The Reverend Matthew Duckett

The Reverend Matthew Duckett has been Priest-in-Charge of St Peter-le-Poer, Friern Barnet since 2013, and before that was curate in the parish of Old St Pancras.

His interests include the works of Rene Girard, and travelling in Italy.



The Reverend Canon Dr Alison Joyce

Alison Joyce is Rector of St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street.

Interests include Richard Hooker, playing the cello and Anglican Moral Theology.




The Reverend Mae Christie

Mae Christie is Priest-in-Charge of All Saints Church, Tooting, and was previously Curate of St Christopher’s Church and Pembroke House in Walworth. Her interests include social justice, community organising, music, sports, politics, cooking and traveling.


The Reverend Sam McNally-Cross

 Sam McNally-Cross is the vicar of St Thomas, Kensal Town. He is a relative newcomer to London having served his title in the Diocese of Oxford. His interests include spiritual writing, monastic life and the works of Thomas Merton. When not found in church he can often be found at fringe theatre performances.


The Reverend Catherine Shelley

Catherine is the vicar of St Edward the Confessor, Mottingham, a Council Estate on the border of Southwark and Rochester Dioceses; she was ordained in Manchester and then served as Chaplain to Birmingham University. Catherine is also a lawyer and enjoys sport, history and cats.



Immediate Past President

The Reverend Graham Buckle

Graham Buckle is the Vicar of St Stephen with St John Westminster. He was DDO for the Two Cities for ten years and is now one of the Bishops Advisors for BAPs.

Particular interests are sport, theatre, cinema and issues of social justice.


Past Presidents

The Reverend Paul Bagott

Paul Bagott is Vicar of St Cuthbert with St Matthias Earl’s Court. He was previously Vicar of Holy Redeemer and St Mark Clerkenwell.

He is Chaplain of St John’s Ambulance and Priest Vicar of Westminster Abbey.


The Reverend Prebendary Dr Brian Leathard

Brian is Rector of St Luke & Christ Church, Chelsea and a Prebendary of St Paul’s Cathedral. He acts as Cellarer to the College and is co-Chair of the London-Berlin Partnership.



 Lay Fellows

Sir Michael Pownall

Michael Pownall was formerly Clerk of Parliament at the House of Lords from which he retired in 2011.

He is interested in public affairs and the work of Parliament; he enjoys walking, birdwatching and a house in Italy.


Mr Paul Double LVO

Paul Double has been Remembrancer of the City of London since 2003. He is the City's Parliamentary Agent and the Parliamentary Agent for the Honourable the Irish Society, and the City's Chief of Protocol.

His interests include sailing and cycling.


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