Who’s who

Priest-in-Charge – the Revd Margreet Armitstead  

Margreet has been Priest-in-Charge in St Mary and St Nicholas Church since 2006, after her three year curacy in the parish. She feels passionate about the church being the embodiment of the all embracing love of God in the whole community. Margreet grew up in a village near Amsterdam in the Netherlands where she acquired teaching qualifications in English and Dutch and an MA in English at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam. She came over to England in 1989 when she married Julian, a teacher and playwright. They lived in Hong Kong for five years where their two children were born. In Hong Kong Margreet taught English in various settings including two Vietnamese Refugee camps. Back in the UK, Margreet did her ministerial training with the St Albans and Oxford Ministry Course, during which she had a rewarding part-time post working with brain-injured adults. Margreet loves working among the people in Littlemore, a community where life is real and diverse.

SSM Associate Priest – the Revd Dr Teresa Morgan (2002)

Teresa Morgan grew up in Oxford and studied classics and theology in Cambridge and Oxford and music in London and Cologne. She has served as a non-stipendiary priest at Littlemore and at St. Andrew’s, Sandford-on-Thames since she was ordained in 2002. She is Professor of Graeco-Roman History at Oxford University and a Fellow of Oriel College, and the author of several academic and popular books, including Roman Faith and Christian Faith (OUP, 2015), Every-Person Ministry (SPCK, 2011) and Seasons of the Spirit (BRF, 2010).


Hannah Cartwright

Hannah is Assistant Curate at St Mary and St Nicholas Church in Littlemore, Oxford, having completed her training and formation for ordained ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon.
Prior to ordination, she worked in the charity sector in the areas of communication and volunteer management and has also undertaken training in Psychotherapy and Spiritual Direction. Hannah is passionate about issues of social justice (especially concerning homelessness, inclusivity and sexual violence), she is a lover of good liturgy (across a variety of expressions) and has a special interest in the role of personal prayer ministry in the renewal of the local church; serving on the Conference Organising Group for On Fire Mission (
www.onfiremission.org). Hannah lives with her husband Liam, son James and she very much enjoys good food and choral singing

Churchwardens – Julian Armitstead and Prudence von Rohrbach

Assistant Churchwardens – Penny Powell and Ann Robinson

Organist – Richard Vendome (1984)

Richard Vendome was a pupil at Southfield School, Oxford (now Oxford School), and as a schoolboy was organist at St Francis’ Church, Cowley. He went on to the Royal College of Music in London before returning to Oxford with a scholarship to the Queen’s College, continuing his organ studies with James Dalton and later with Susi Jeans. He was organist of St Giles’ Church, Oxford, Exeter College and Kidlington Parish Church before coming to Littlemore in 1984 at the invitation of his friend the Vicar, the Revd David Nicholls. Richard has held British Technology Group and Leverhulme Trust research fellowships in computing at Oxford University, and in 1990 was awarded the British Computer Society medal for music software. He has taught techniques of composition and music history at Queen’s and St Hilda’s Colleges, Oxford, and in 1984 founded the Oxford Girls’ Choir (part of Oxford Youth Choirs) to give girls a similar opportunity to that provided by the historic college choirs for boys. He has performed as an organist both at home and abroad, most recently in Malta, Norway and the USA, and is editor of Spanish Netherlands Keyboard Music (1983-); his special interests include instrument making, the psychology of music, the Venetian female choral tradition (Vivaldi website), and Hildegard of Bingen (see Hildegard von bingen website).

Sacristan – Barbara Kelly

Barbara has lived in Littlemore all her life. She has worked for Response for the last 25 years. She thoroughly enjoys her role as sacristan.




Junior Church Coordinator – Stephanie Sawyer

I was born and grew up in Cowley, Oxford. Disillusioned with school I left at 16 and joined the Natwest Bank. I have since enjoyed a career at the front line of Banking and Finance. I’m Mum to Charlotte and Step-Mum to David. I have been leading the Sunday School since 1998 and enjoy the challenge of working with children. In the bit of spare time I get I enjoy swimming, gym, gardening and baking.

Safeguarding Officer – Penny Powell

Penny Powell grew up in Kent as did her husband Tim although they met at the University of Bristol. Having worked briefly for (Dr) Barnardos where she became interested in working with the families of children entering the care system, she trained as a social worker. Penny has subsequently worked to protect and support children and their families, focusing mostly on safeguarding for the last 40 years and retired in 2016 from her post as Area Manager in Children’s Social Care at Oxfordshire County Council. Penny and Tim have three daughters, Hannah, Bethan and Naomi, and three grandchildren. They have lived in Littlemore for seven years and love being part of this community.

Treasurer – Neil Malcolm

Neil was 20 years with KPMG as a business consultant and is now a business analyst for the Oxford University Press. Neil has undertaken treasurer roles with various organisations, including the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church.

PCC Secretary – Mr Richard Comley

Richard has lived in Littlemore for the past 12 years. He is a former librarian at The Littlemore Mental Health Centre.