The Board employs staff in the UK and France to manage the day-to-day operations of HCPT. All staff report to the Chief Executive, who in turn reports to the Board. UK staff, based in Rugby, work in departments including Finance, Fundraising and Communications, Human Resources and Administration, and Pilgrimage.

Phil Sparke

Chief Executive

Phil SPhil served as an officer in the Royal Navy between 1986 and 2012 in a range of operational roles at sea and ashore, as well as appointments in the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall,  NATO Headquarters in Brussels, the French Naval Staff in Paris and the EU Military Staff in Brussels.

Phil’s journey with HCPT began in the early 1990s as a helper with one of the Royal Navy Easter pilgrimage groups.  He remained closely involved in the years that followed, undertaking the Easter Pilgrimage with all three Naval groups and also the Army group, as well as two Summer pilgrimages to Hosanna House with Group 507 (Joint Services). He served as regional secretary for a number of years and was Chair of HCPT’s Armed Forces region between 2006 and 2012. He assumed the role of Chief Executive on retirement from the Royal Navy in 2012.

Anna Baxter

Accounts Manager

AnnaAnna joined HCPT in April 2011 after two years of managing and mentoring the accounts payable team of a Northamptonshire trading company.

Anna ensures correct allocation of funds, reconciles Trust bank accounts and online payments, and manages income and payments for group accounts, internal fund transfers, as well as sending balances of group accounts

Anwar Beeharry

Direct Marketing Fundraiser

AnwarAnwar joined HCPT in July 2014 after several years working in direct marketing and communications for various agencies, based in and around London. Clients included Chrysler, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Shell UK.

Anwar runs HCPT’s mailings (newsletters and fundraising appeals) and the annual Grand Draw mailing, as well as testing and creating new mailings.

Sue Berridge

Head of Finance

S0904448Sue joined HCPT in January 2015. Having obtained a degree in French and German she qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. After heading up the finance functions of a number of diverse businesses she moved into the charity sector and spent six years as the Finance Manager at LOROS hospice in Leicester.

Sue oversees all aspects of HCPT’s finance department, including working with colleagues, trustees, the accountants and financial authorities both in the UK and France, to ensure that all money raised is accounted for correctly and spent in the best interests of HCPT and its supporters.

Jennie Black

Assistant Pilgrimage Organiser

jenniJennie joined the Trust in January 2012 with a background in training and events management. She has a degree in Business Information Technology with French, and as as part of her university degree lived in the South of France for over a year.

Jennie works in the Pilgrimage Department and helps to organise the Easter and Summer Pilgrimages and stays at Bartes Villa.

Phil Burns

Pilgrimage Co-ordinator

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Phil joined HQ in November 1997, having travelled to Lourdes as a helper for 5 years before that.

Phil is responsible for planning and managing all the operational details for the Easter and Hosanna House Pilgrimages, which includes planning and booking flights, trains, coaches, hotels, all the excursions, chapels and large mass venues in Lourdes. He is also responsible for the administration of Risk Assessment and Management, Safeguarding, and is the Lead Countersignatory for DBS and PVG. Inside HQ he is responsible for the IT support at HQ.

Jane Harling

Finance Assistant


Jane joined our Finance department in September 2013. A former Chartered Tax Adviser for Ernst & Young, this is her first full-time office role after a sixteen year stint at home as a mum to three boys. During that time she was variously a school governor, a Youth Justice volunteer, started a dog walking company and qualified as a school bursar.

At HQ she helps process all donations and payments received in the office.

Kelly Le Keux

Administrative Assistant

kellyKelly joined HCPT in September 2014, after graduating from Coventry University with a degree in Applied Community and Social Studies. Kelly has previously worked in customer service and administration roles.

Kelly works in the Admin and HR Department and is responsible for Group Leader and Deputy Group Leader applications, as well as helping to process Helper data. She also assists other staff in the run up to the Easter and Summer pilgrimages.

Linda Maybury

Finance Assistant

LindaLinda joined the Trust in August 2013. Her background is in administration, and she worked for nine years as Pensions Administrator for an in-house pension scheme. Linda is a Beaver Scout Leader in her spare time.

Linda works mornings in the Finance Department where she processes Bequests and Gift Aid Claims.

Yvonne McKenna

Assistant Pilgrimage Organiser

YvonneYvonne joined the Trust in February 2012. She has most recently worked in sales and customer service roles but has a background in childcare and is a trained Montessori teacher. Yvonne lived in Bordeaux, France for nearly two years while studying and working for a camping holiday company.

She works in the Pilgrimage Department where she helps to organise the Easter and Summer pilgrimages.

George Mullis

Donor Contact Manager

George MGeorge spent eight years in funding management with Leicestershire Constabulary before joining HCPT in February 2011. Prior to this George held a number of account management roles in the advertising sector.

His role includes promoting the benefits of leaving a gift in your will to HCPT, acknowledging donations, supporting HCPT groups in their fundraising and publicity, trading activities, fundraising from the London Marathon, and supporting the Bernadette Club monthly raffle.

George Overton

Head of Fundraising and Communications

george overtonSince January 2012 George has led HCPT’s fundraising, communication and marketing functions.

He joined HCPT after nearly 15 years in fundraising at national charities such as Home-Start UK, Methodist Homes for the Aged, and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

David Pepworth

Marketing and Communications Manager

davidDavid joined HCPT in 2012 after 15 years spent managing the marketing for festivals, arts venues and cinemas.

His responsibilities include the marketing of HCPT’s Hosanna House and Bartres Villa, leading on the production of all publications, developing the organisation’s approach to social media and, of course, this website.

Natacha Petithory

Head of Administration and HR

Natacha joined the team in December 2016. She has previously worked as a HR senior officer in the public sector with additonal experience in training and events organisation with an international company. She was born in France and moved to the UK in 1999.
Her role includes managing HCPT’s volunteer human resource for the Easter and Summer pilgrimages to Lourdes and delivering a central reception desk facility during the Easter Pilgrimage.

Sarah Wyatt

Assistant Pilgrimage Organiser

Sarah joined HCPT in December 2016 shortly after graduating university with a degree in Media, Culture and Communication. Her previous experience has been in retail and customer service.

Her role has particular responsibility for helping develop school trips to Hosanna House as well as assisting with the Easter and Summer pilgrimages.