Board of Trustees

Victoria James (Trustee)

Victoria is the Diocesan Secretary for Portsmouth Diocese. Prior to taking up this post, she was a solicitor in private practice for almost ten years, specialising primarily in Family law but also civil litigation and employment law.  She has recent experience of being a parish treasurer bringing first-hand knowledge of implementing and using PGS at parish level. 


Ben Preece Smith (Trustee)



Helen Richardson (Chief Executive)

Appointed in January 2016, Helen Richardson is the PGS’s first Chief Executive. Helen planned, launched and developed the PGS during her time as Giving Officer at the Diocese of Gloucester. Helen is a member of Gloucester Diocesan Synod and Gloucester Cathedral Council. Her background is in charity fundraising and she has held roles with two national organisations; the Meningitis Trust (Meningitis Now) and the National Star College.  


Neil Williams (Trustee)

Neil has been the Director of Finance for the Diocese of Exeter since March 2012, having spent the previous 10 years as Finance Director with a local housing association in Devon. Neil is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), having trained with Somerset County Council in the 1990s.

Over the previous 20 years, Neil has been involved in a voluntary capacity with a number of local charities, usually supporting the financial management functions within these organisations. Neil is also a church bell ringer.

David is Lead Mission Support Partner for Durham Diocese. Before working in the diocesan team, he was in rural ministry in Durham for 12 years and Area Dean of Stockton for ten. He is a physicist by training, and before ordination worked for Epson and Dell in senior marketing roles, including getting Dell’s internet sales and marketing operation up and running in Europe.

David is very active in school governorship, currently with a secondary Multi-Academy Trust and a newly-opened and rapidly-expanding CofE primary free school. He is also an honorary Canon of Durham Cathedral.

Adrian has been a fundraiser for more than 30 years, for an Anglican theological college, for the University of Durham and currently as a fundraising consultant at the international practice More Partnership.  He was a member of Chapter at Durham Cathedral for seven years and is currently a lay Canon at Bishop Aglionby Cathedral, Tamale, Ghana.

He is a trustee of two grant making charitable trusts and is married to a priest licensed in the diocese of Gloucester.