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The Commission has fifteen members. In accordance with the recommendations of “Safeguarding with Confidence”(2007) there is a lay chair, appointed by CBCEW and CoR, and two vice chairs; a Bishop appointed by the CBCEW and a Religious appointed by the CoR. The remaining members come from a variety of backgrounds both in and outside the Church. They bring together a wide range of knowledge, skill and expertise in safeguarding matters, and in state and canon law.

The NCSC, whilst an independent body, works within the framework of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, as shown in the diagram above.

The Commission meets quarterly and has a number of sub groups which meet more frequently to develop strategy and policy.

NCSC Members

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Christopher Pearson
Christopher Pearson Chair of the NCSC

Chris Pearson’s background is in Local Government and NHS. He has 40 years experience as a qualified Social Worker. He has extensive senior management experience working at a strategic level in developing services for adults and taking a lead role on developing local, regional and national safeguarding policies. He retired from Local Government in 2013 and now works part time in an NHS Health setting managing service with adults at risk and is a strategic trainer on mental capacity issues 

He has 20 years’ experience as a member of the Diocesan Safeguarding Commission until his appointment in 2014 as a lay member of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission. He was appointed Lay Chair of NCSC in November 2015 and has recently been appointed to his 2nd term of office.

Fr Nicholas Edmonds-Smith
Fr Nicholas Edmonds-Smith Cong. Orat.

Fr Nicholas was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and educated by the Marist Brothers. A member of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in Oxford since 2007, he currently serves the Congregation as Provost and Safeguarding Lead. He holds degrees in theology, and civil and canon law, and is completing the Licentiate in Canon Law at the Catholic University of Leuven. Fr Nicholas works in the Metropolitan Tribunal in Birmingham as an Assistant Judicial Vicar and Advocate. 

Sr. Eileen Glancy
Sr. Eileen Glancy

Sr. Eileen Glancy entered the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul in 1968. Having worked in child care, she then qualified for teaching and spent 10 years teaching children with hearing impairment. She was then involved in the leadership team of the Province, after which she moved into parish administration, pastoral and catechetical work in parishes in Scotland. In 2006 she was appointed Provincial Bursar and then in 2016 the Safeguarding Representative for the Province.

Rt Rev Marcus Stock
Rt Rev Marcus Stock Vice Chair of the NCSC

Born in South London, Bishop Marcus Stock is a graduate of the University of Oxford where he studied theology at Keble College. He subsequently trained for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome and was awarded a Licence in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Bishop Marcus was ordained to the priesthood in 1988. From 1988 until 2009 he served in a number of parishes as a parish priest within the Archdiocese of Birmingham. While serving in the parishes he was also Tutor in Theology for the Archdiocese of Birmingham’s Permanent Diaconate Formation Programme from 1988 to 1994 and he was also a teacher of Religious Education at the European School at Culham, near Abigndon in Oxfordshire, from 1991 to 1994. From 1995 to 1999, he was Assistant Director of Schools for the Archdiocese of Birmingham and then became Director of Schools from 1999 to 2009. In 2009, he moved to London to become the General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, a post he held at the time of his appointment to the Diocese of Leeds. From late 2011 until the spring of 2013, he was also the Acting Director of the Catholic Education Service. He was appointed a Prelate of Honour by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. Bishop Marcus’ appointment to the See of Leeds by Pope Francis was announced by the Vatican on Monday, 15th September 2014. He was ordained and installed as the tenth Bishop of Leeds on Thursday, 13th November 2014. Bishop Marcus is a governor of Leeds Trinity University and, in addition to his national responsibilities as a member of the NCSC, he is also the Chair of the Catholic Education Service and Chair of the Department of Education and Formation of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Rachel O'Driscoll
Rachel O'Driscoll Lay Vice Chair of the NCSC

Rachel has over 25 years’ experience in developing strategy and policy for central government and legal professional and collegiate bodies in a variety of areas, including: regulation, education and training, professional standards and ethics and governance.  Particular highlights include working with barristers on the better handling vulnerable witnesses and defendants in the criminal justice system (including developing toolkits to be used by advocates preparing to question vulnerable people in court) and undertaking a review of Bar Disciplinary Tribunals and panels and then supporting a change programme to address failings.

Over the course of 5 years sitting as a Commission member, Rachel has led projects on the arrangements for the management and supervision of Safeguarding Coordinators and testimonials of suitability (movement of priests and religious).  She is currently involved with a review of the Church’s national safeguarding training programme.

Rachel’s interest in safeguarding is informed by her family – she has a daughter with a learning disability and, in this context, is determined to play a part in making sure that the Church becomes a safe place for all its members.

Rachel is undertaking a doctorate at Oxford University which focuses on the interaction between officials and disabled adolescents.

Bishop Paul Mason
Bishop Paul Mason

Bishop Paul was ordained priest for Southwark Diocese in 1998. His priestly ministry started in Purley, Surrey, where he was assistant priest for 3 years. He was then appointed as senior chaplain to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital where he worked for 11 years and took on a national role with the Healthcare Reference Group at the Bishops’ Conference. He also taught medical ethics part-time at St Mary’s in Twickenham until he was asked to join the formation staff at Allen Hall Seminary in 2012. At the same time, he was appointed Director of Ongoing Formation of Priests in Southwark.

In 2014 Archbishop Peter Smith appointed Fr Paul as Episcopal Vicar for Kent and then in May 2016 he was ordained Auxiliary Bishop to continue his work in that county.

In September 2018 Bishop Paul was installed as eighth Bishop of the Forces at the Cathedral of St Michael and St George in Aldershot.

Apart from his work with NCSC, Bishop Paul is Bishop Promoter for Apostleship of the Sea, he chairs the Healthcare Advisory Group for the Bishops’ Conference and is Scout Liaison Bishop.

Elizabeth Manero
Elizabeth Manero

A solicitor by background, Elizabeth has been active in community involvement for over twenty years. She chaired her local patient organisation, Barnet Community Health Council, and was then elected chair of the pan-London group for Community Health Councils. These roles have given her experience in helping patients – particularly ‘marginalised’ groups – influence NHS decision-making.

As a qualified trainer, she has designed patient involvement training for lay people at every level of the health service from GP surgeries to hospitals and NHS Boards.

Since 2009, she has been involved in health education. She is currently a member of the Patients Forum at Health Education England and the lay member on the General Medical Council Education and Training Advisory Board.

She is a member of St Alban’s parish in North London and has three grown up children.

The Right Rev Mark Davies
The Right Rev Mark Davies

Bishop Mark Davies was born in Manchester on 12th May 1959 and baptised at St Richard’s Church, Longsight.

Bishop Davies was educated at St Richard’s Infant School and St Robert’s Primary School in Manchester and at Broadstone Hall County Primary School and St Anne’s High School in Stockport before beginning his training for the priesthood at Ushaw College, Durham.

Ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Thomas Holland of Salford on 11th February 1984 he served as an assistant priest at Our Lady of Grace, Prestwich, and St Mary’s, Swinton, before he was appointed private secretary to Archbishop Patrick Kelly (then Bishop of Salford) in 1988. From December 1992 until September 2003 the then Father Davies was parish priest of St. John Bosco, Manchester, and was also appointed Dean of North Manchester in 1999.

In January 2003 Bishop Terence Brain of Salford appointed the then Monsignor Davies as Vicar General of the Salford Diocese. As Vicar General he served as the parish priest of St Teresa Little Lever between 2003 and 2006, St Joseph Longsight between 2006 and 2007 and Holy Family, Wigan, between 2007 and 2009.

In December 2009 Pope Benedict XVI appointed Monsignor Davies as the Coadjutor Bishop of Shrewsbury. He was ordained Bishop on 22nd February 2010 at St Anthony’s, Wythenshawe, Manchester. On 1st October 2010 Bishop Davies became the 11th Bishop of Shrewsbury in succession to Bishop Brian Noble.

Rev Canon Dr Brendan Killeen
Rev Canon Dr Brendan Killeen

Father Brendan trained for the Priesthood at Oscott College in Birmingham. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Northampton in 1993. He is presently parish priest of two parishes, as well as the local dean. He studied canon law in Ottawa from 1996 to 1998. He is the Judicial Vicar for Northampton Diocese and is a member of various diocesan bodies.

In 2005 he obtained a doctorate from Heythrop College which was a part of London University, specializing in the history of the canon law of marriage. He then taught canon law there for 11 years. He has also taught for St. Mary’s University College in Twickenham and has published works on canon law.