The Parish Priest is, under Canon Law, ultimately responsible for all matters relating to the finances and property of the parish. The Parish Priest can delegate functions to ensure the orderly running of this large and complex organisation.

The Finance Committee has established a protocol which sets out the principal delegations.

The key to the delegation is

i) to create separation of functions between different personnel to assist in financial probity
ii) to involve a number of people in financial operations to help with continuity of process in the event of people stepping down.

The Committee meets formally about 6 times a year. It publishes an annual budget and interim quarterly accounts. The members are appointed by the Parish Priest and current membership is:

Paul Ginty

I have been a member of the parish for the last 17 years. I am originally from Bolton and moving into the Sacred Heart community was an easy transition as it is very warm and welcoming. The commitment and dedication of many parishioners, who give their time so generously, have made me want to give something back.

As a firefighter for the last 25 years I have a great wealth of experience with regards to safety and I am glad to help in any way I can.

I am grateful to the Salesians for their commitment to the youth particularly in my teenage years but more recently to the Jesuits who give themselves fully to their work and have inspired me in my personal journey in faith.

Gene Nealon

Having served on the Church Finance Committee since 2009, Gene’s role has largely been to manage key finance projects as directed by the Committee. The most notable project has been to help finance the restoration of the Church’s historically important organ through management of grant facility through the UK Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This grant generated in excess of £300,000 for the full restoration of the Organ, with the final payment being made to the Church in 2013. It is with this experience behind him that Gene has embarked on an ther Grant application project through the HLF as the Church looks to finance critical restoration of the Church’s roof. With over £500,000 needed to fully repair the Church roof, the HLF grant, if approved in 2017, will again help to significantly reduce the out-of pocket costs the Church needs to pay.

An Insurance Underwriter by trade, Gene also looks after some of the Church’s insurance matters as raised by the Committee.

Zac Brech
Honorary Treasurer

Zac is a Chartered Accountant and former investment banker and has been a member of the Finance Committee since 2012.

He grew up in the parish and attended Donhead and Wimbledon College. He lives in Wimbledon with his wife and two young children.

Alain van West

Alain is a seasoned senior executive, with management board experience. He started his career at Walt Disney as a Sales Manager and has ever since demonstrated his leadership skills in various commercial (inter)national roles like Director of International Sales at Eurostar, Global Sales Director at Carlson Wagonlit travel, Head of Sales UK at American Express Business Travel, VP Business Development and Industry Relations at SilverRail and currently Head of Supplier Services EMEA at Concur SAP.

Alain is currently helping the Parish with their various data and IT needs and requirements.

Cathy Lynch

Cathy is from Glasgow having moved to London after marrying Steve Murray in 1979. Cathy and Steve have four daughters and a son who all attended the Ursuline or Wimbledon college. Cathy was involved in the the Parish First Communion programme when it was first set up and was a catechist for a number of years. She is now an Extraordinary Minister with the great privilege of visiting the housebound with Holy Communion.

Cathy joined the Finance Committee in 2014 and now has responsibility for pulling together the Parish accounts, budgets and Diocesan Returns. She is a chartered accountant and has worked for many years as a tax adviser to the insurance industry. Cathy currently works within the civil service.

Chris Woodward
Finance Committee Chair

Christopher Woodward has lived in the parish since 1969 bringing up a family of two daughters and a son with his late wife Patricia. The children attended Hollymount Primary, St Catherine’s Middle School and the Ursuline High and Wimbledon College.

Having taught in two large London comprehensive schools, he then moved over to education management in the London Boroughs of Ealing and then Sutton.
The family have been involved in parish life over the years but Chris became increasingly so having taken early retirement and then following the death of his wife. He was on the initial steering group for the first Parish Pastoral Plan and chaired the co-ordinating group overseeing its implementation.

He is currently chair of the Parish Finance Committee having served on the Parish Pastoral Council for over six years. He is involved in the local SVP conference, the Soup Run, the Friendship Group, Social Club but cherishes most the privilege of taking the Blessed Sacrament to the housebound as a Eucharistic Minister.

Fr John Clark
Parish Priest

I was ordained priest at Aylesford Priory on the 23rd June 1974 and appointed as curate to St Gertrude’s Parish, South Croydon where I served for 4 years. In May 1978 Archbishop Michael established the Southwark Catholic Youth Chaplaincy and I was appointed Youth Chaplain, a post I held for nine years.

I was then sent to Surrey Docks Rotherhithe to establish a new parish in the Docklands Development Area. In the eight years I was there the parish built a new church, priest’s flat and school. In 1995 I was asked to move to St Francis Parish in Maidstone.

I ministered there for 19 years until my present appointment at the Sacred Heart, Wimbledon. I arrived here on the 22nd May 2014 and was inducted as Parish Priest on the 26th June 2014.

I appreciate the opportunity to serve the people of this very special parish. I am conscious of the jesuit heritage of the parish and look forward to working with all the other priests in the parish as well as the members of the pastoral team and Parish Pastoral Council.

Finances 2016

The Finance Committee has approved a budget for 2016. The summary and details are shown below: