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The CMD team

Meet the CMD Team and find out how to get in touch.

CMD Advisers are located in each episcopal area and are part of the diocesan mission and ministry team. We are responsible for a variety of areas including, formation and wellbeing, training and deveopment, and pioneer ministy and mission. The team are supported by our CMD Administrator based in our Diocesan Offices.

Revd Andy Griffiths

Revd Canon Andy Griffiths

CMD Adviser for the Bradwell Episcopal Area

Lead Adviser for Formation and Wellbeing

Andy Griffiths has been  Bradwell Area CMD advisor since October 2017. In June 2023 he took on responsibility for wellbeing and formation, which includes areas such as annual reviews, counselling, coaching, mediation and deanery wellbeing champions.

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 was Head of Training for the Diocese until June 2023.

He has written on church merger, the Moravian movement, formation, incumbency and the contribution of schools to ministerial formation, is a passionate believer in community organising, and has an interest in new monastic initiatives. 

Contact details:
Tel: 07976 673087
E-mail: Andy Griffiths


Revd Canon Jane Richards

Revd Canon Jane Richards

CMD Adviser for Barking Episcopal Area

Lead Adviser for Training

Previously serving as Vicar of St Andrew with Holy Cross, Basildon and Area Dean for Basildon, Jane was appointed to the role of CMD Adviser in December 2022. She serves as a Vice President of Chelmsford Diocesan Synod, representing clergy across the Diocese. Jane served her Title post in a Local Ecumenical Partnership and has also been employed as a hospital chaplain so has had experience of ministry in a range of contexts.

Jane brigns a wealth of experience from her professional life prior to ordination, giving her a deep understandign of the parishes and communities the diocese serves.

Contact details
E-mail: Jane Richards


Revd Canon Ian Hilton

Revd Canon Ian Hilton

CMD Adviser for Colchester Episcopal Area

Lead Adviser for Pioneer Minsitry and Mission

Ian took up this post in May 2018. His background is ten years in parish ministry in the Diocese of Southwell (curate, team vicar church planting in an outer estate) and then twenty years as Rector of a parish in Colchester here in Chelmsford Diocese. 

During this time he also developed experience as a training incumbent, an Area Dean and held various Diocesan and community responsibilities.

Ian has a particular interest in pioneer ministry in all its forms. He continues to be involved in the development of the Colchester Pioneer Hub and will be seeking to develop support for those on Pioneer training pathways.

Ian loves walking having completed the Coast to Coast, Offa’s Dyke and the Cumbrian Way in recent years.

Contact details
Tel: 01245 294453 or 07813 538926
E-mail: Ian Hilton


Sue Denham

Sue 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

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