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

The Bishop of Guildford’s Registry

1 The Sanctuary



Telephone: 020 7222 5381

DDI: 020 7960 7198


About Us

The Chancellor – Andrew Burns KC

The Chancellor (the main judge of the Diocesan Consistory Court) is Andrew Burns KC, who is Head of Devereux Chambers, a Deputy High Court Judge, a Crown Court Recorder and a Bencher of Middle Temple. He lives with his family in the diocese and worships in at St Andrew’s, Oxshott.  He was Deputy Chancellor from 2018-2021.  He can be contacted via the Guildford Diocesan Registry.

The Deputy Chancellor – The Revd HH Judge Sarah Whitehouse KC

The Deputy Chancellor is Sarah Whitehouse KC. She is a Senior Circuit Judge sitting at the Central Criminal Court, a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn and an Associate Priest at the United Benefice of Holy Trinity and St Augustine, Tooting.


Registrar – Howard Dellar

Howard Dellar is Registrar of the Diocese, a post he has held since February 2011. He was Deputy Registrar of the Diocese between December 2008 and February 2011.

Howard specialises in charity, ecclesiastical, and education law. He is head of the Ecclesiastical Education & Charities Department of Lee Bolton Monier-Williams. He qualified as a solicitor in 1999 following a training contract with a firm in North Cornwall, and was an assistant solicitor in firms in Exeter and Oxford. He joined Lee Bolton & Lee in 2001, becoming an associate on 1 January 2003 and a partner on 1 January 2004.

He is also Registrar of the Ely and Liverpool Dioceses and 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.


Registry Clerk – Susan Black

Susan Black  joined Lee Bolton Monier-Williams in 2015 as an ecclesiastical law clerk in the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Diocesan Registries. She has a financial and legal background having worked in trustee, executorships and investment management and, for twelve years, in legal costs as a law costs draftsman and legal costs consultant. 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) becoming Chief Clerk in 2023, also working in the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury as Chief Clerk. 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 Lee Bolton Monier-Williams in January 2018 as an ecclesiastical clerk in the Diocesan Registries, and is a principal clerk for the Diocese of Guildford for matters relating to the faculty jurisdiction. He worked for 22 years in various 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. He is a member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society.

Other members of the team

Ian Blaney – Solicitor, Ecclesiastical, Education & Charities; Registrar to the Bishop of Derby and the Bishop of Lincoln, and a notary public for ecclesiastical purposes

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

Jane Grenfell – Charities Manager

Nishita Gudka – Partner, Real Estate

Clifford Woodroffe – Partner, Litigation