If you would like to contact one of the Registry staff, the details are as follows:

The Bishop of Hereford’s Registry
1 The Sanctuary,

Telephone: 020 7222 5381
Fax: 020 7222 7502

About Us

The Chancellor of the Diocese (the judge of the Diocesan Consistory Court) is the Worshipful Roger Kaye QC who can be contacted via the Registry (details as above).


Registrar – Howard Dellar

Howard Dellar is Registrar of the Diocese, a post he has held since 2011. Before that he had been Deputy Registrar of the Diocese since 2007.

Howard specialises in charity, ecclesiastical, and education law.

He is head of the Ecclesiastical Education & Charities Department and a Partner at Lee Bolton Monier-Williams.  He is Registrar to the Dioceses of  Ely, Guildford, and Liverpool  and is the Registrar of the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

He is the solicitor to many charitable companies, Maintained schools, Academies, Independent schools and a number of Church of England Diocesan Boards of Finance and Education.

He advises the National Society, the Whitgift Foundation and a number of Multi- Academy trusts.

He is secretary to the Bletchingdon Community Foundation and chair of The Bletchington Charity.

He is chair of The St Mary Magdalen Oxford Restoration and Development Trust.

He is a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society and the Charity Law Association.


Deputy Registrar – Ian Blaney

Ian Blaney was appointed Deputy Registrar of the Diocese in 2015. Ian was an ecclesiastical law clerk in Lee Bolton Monier-Williams from 2005 until 2011, working as a Diocesan Registry and Faculty Office clerk. After a brief spell in China he completed a training contract with Lee Bolton Monier-Williams and qualified into the ecclesiastical, educational and charity department. He has acted for a wide range of institutional and private clients.

Ian was educated at Alsager School and Jesus College, Cambridge, where he read history. He subsequently studied the law both in London and in Cardiff.

Ian has contributed to publications on the law of marriage and ecclesiastical property, and has a detailed knowledge of the law of school sites and trusts.


Chief Clerk – Stephen Borton

Stephen Borton is the Chief Clerk and Ecclesiastical Manager for the Registry. He has particular expertise in the law of marriage, the Faculty Jurisdiction and the law relating to clergy appointments, employment and discipline. He has been a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society since 1994 and Deputy Secretary since 2010.


Registry Clerk – Susan Black

Susan Black has a financial and legal background having worked in trustee, executorships and investment management and, for the past twelve years, in legal costs as a law costs draftsman and legal costs consultant. Susan joined Lee Bolton Monier-Williams in 2015 as an ecclesiastical law clerk, in the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury as well as the Diocesan Registry. She is a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society.


Neil Turpin

Neil Turpin is an ecclesiastical law clerk who previously worked for 22 years as a residential property lawyer. He was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 1999. Neil joined Lee Bolton Monier-Williams in 2011, as a clerk in the Ecclesiastical Department (the Diocesan Registries), also working in the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. He is a member of the Association of Diocesan Registry Clerks and the Ecclesiastical Law Society.

Until the end of 2012 Neil was a long-serving churchwarden and sacristan at a church in Southampton.

Patrick Roberts

Patrick Roberts joined the Firm in May 2016 and works as an ecclesiastical clerk in the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the diocesan registries of the Bishops of Ely, Liverpool and Guildford.Patrick holds a PhD in English Literature. Patrick is also a contributing editor to the UK Poetry Archive, and works in his spare time as a reviewer and critic.

He is a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society.

 Kevin Diamond

Kevin Diamond  joined the Faculty Office in January 2018. Prior to this, he worked in a number of roles with the Archbishops’ Council’s National Church Institutions in Westminster, most recently having completed 13 years as a National Adviser for Selection for Ordained Ministry. is originally from Canada, and moved to the UK in 1990. Originally from Canada, Kevin moved to the UK in 1990. Outside work, he enjoys travel and making time for maintaining friendships.

Other members of the team

Peter Beesley – Consultant, Ecclesiastical, Education & Charities; retired Diocesan Registrar

David Whittington – Education Adviser

Tricia Pritchard – Education Consultant

Philip Sergeant – Senior Partner, Commercial and Litigation

Michael Fletcher – Head of Private Client; Ecclesiastical Property and Charities; deputy Diocesan Registrar of the Ely Diocese

Ed Henderson – Partner, Employment, Commercial and Litigation; deputy Diocesan Registrar of the Liverpool Diocese

Clifford Woodroffe – Partner, Litigation

Simon Foulkes – Registry Websites Administrator

About the work of Lee Bolton Monier-Williams Solicitors

Legal Advisers to the Church, charities, schools and to business and private clients for 157 years.

Property Matters: Houses; flats; agricultural property; commercial and industrial premises; Parochial and Diocesan Trust property; landlord and tenant matters; and sharing of Church Buildings.

Ecclesiastical Law: Faculty applications and cases; Church government; and employment and terms of service.

Charities: Constitution; registration; and management.

Education: Voluntary and independent Schools and Academies; finance and management; personnel matters; School sites and reverter. Education Answers is a web-resource offering legal information and the opportunity to question our team of specialists on line.

And: Administration of private trusts; wills and probate; secular litigation; company and partnership law; commercial agreements; trademarks; copyright and intellectual property.