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.

Andy Clare

Andy Clare

Interim Chief Executive and Head of Youth and Education

Andy joined the HCPT staff in 2018 after a 20 year career in Catholic education. He first travelled to Lourdes at Easter in the mid 1980s, then to Hosanna House from 1989-2014.

From 2000 Andy travelled with HCPT as part of the Central Support Team at Easter, initially working up at Hosanna House and then from 2004 with the music and liturgy production teams, including leading the liturgies in the 60th jubilee year of 2016.

In 2011 Andy became an HCPT Trustee and sat on the Spiritual Development and the Trust Development Committees, and then in 2017 took on the role as Pilgrimage Director for the Trust.

He now chairs the Spiritual Development Committee.

Jasmin Bingham

Jasmin Bingham

Finance Assistant

Jasmin joined HCPT in 2022. She graduated with an accountancy degree from the University of Manila and worked in finance for the Hilton Group in the United Arab Emirates. Jasmin has many years of finance experience within the hotel sector, manufacturing, and banking procurement.

Jasmin assists within the Finance Department.

Jennie Black

Jennie Black

Pilgrimage Organiser

Jennie joined HCPT in 2012 with a background in training and events management. She has a degree in Business Information Technology with French, and 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.

Phil Burns

Phil Burns

Head of Pilgrimages

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

Phil is responsible for planning and managing all the operational details for the Easter and Summer 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 and Safeguarding, is the Lead Countersignatory for DBS and PVG certificates, and for IT support at HQ.

Katie Caldwell

Head of Care

Bina Fatania

Bina Fatania

Accounts Manager

Bina joined HCPT in 2022, having worked for nine years in various finance roles across different sectors and industries.

Bina is the main point of contact for group leaders for Easter and Summer travel, for the processing of gifts left in Wills, and has other finance duties.

Elaine Furmage

Elaine Furmage

Communications Manager

Elaine joined the HCPT staff in 2022. She previously worked in Catholic Education as a primary school teacher for eight years. Elaine began volunteering with HCPT in 2009 as a helper for a Summer group, and has annually travelled to Hosanna House since.

Her responsibilities include communications via our website, social media channels and newsletters. She will maintain communication with HCPT volunteers, and individuals outside of HCPT, to raise awareness of the chance to join us on pilgrimage to Lourdes.

George Halstead

George Halstead

Accounts Assistant

George joined HCPT in 2019 following graduating from Durham University with a Philosophy degree.

Previously working for the Pilgrimage Department, George now works in the Finance team.

Mariia Manilova

Mariia Manilova

Admin and HR Office Assistant

Mariia joined the HQ team in 2019. Originally from Russia, she moved to France - where she completed a degree in Economic and Social Administration at Lyon University.

Mariia 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.

Yvonne McKenna

Yvonne McKenna

Pilgrimage Organiser

Yvonne joined HCPT in 2012. Before that she 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 worked for a camping holiday company there.

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

Cath O'Kane

Cath O'Kane

Head of Care

Cath joined the staff of HCPT in February 2023. She is a registered adult and children's nurse with extensive experience in senior NHS roles.

Within HCPT Cath is responsible for supporting nurses and group leaders to deliver safe and effective care for both Summer and Easter pilgrimages.

George Overton

George Overton

Head of Fundraising and Communications

George has spent his career in the voluntary sector, fundraising for charities such as Home-Start, Methodist Homes for the Aged and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. He joined HCPT in 2012 and took a break from the role between 2019 and 2022.

George leads HCPT's fundraising as well as its internal and external communications. His role is for HCPT to have the income it needs to take large numbers of young people and adults to Lourdes every year, and to appropriately broadcast the opportunities available for people to go on pilgrimage with us.

Himesh Parmar

Himesh Parmar

Accounts Assistant

Himesh joined HCPT in 2023. Having studied physics and mathematical finance, he now works in the Finance team at HCPT.

Natacha Petithory

Natacha Petithory

Head of Admin and HR

Natacha joined the team in 2016. She previously worked as a senior HR officer in the public sector with additional experience in training and events with an international company. She was born in France and moved to the UK in 1999.

Her role includes managing HCPT's volunteer human resources for the Easter and Summer pilgrimages to Lourdes, and delivering a central reception desk facility during the Easter pilgrimage.

Steve Randall

Steve Randall

Head of Finance

Steve joined HCPT in 2022 having previously spent five years in a similar role with another charity. A qualified CIMA accountant, Steve has been working in finance since 2008 after making a career change upon leaving the Royal Air Force.

He leads the Finance team at HCPT and covers all financial duties such as reporting and budgeting.

Olha Shestakovska

Olha Shestakovska

Fundraising Assistant

Olha joined the HCPT team in 2022. She moved to the UK from Ukraine the same year, having worked for 16 years in various roles in the educational sector and for four years in career advice and recruitment.

Olha is in charge of thanking our supporters for their donations, is our key contact for fundraising events such as HCPT's sponsored cycles to Lourdes and the London Marathon, and much more.

Mayuri Singh

Mayuri Singh

IT Assistant

Mayuri Joined HCPT in 2023, she has IT experience of different organisation supporting global location. She graduated with Bachelors in Information Technology & has more than 6 years of experience in the field of IT.

Diane Wilkinson

Diane Wilkinson

Office Coordinator

Diane has a degree in Human Resource Management. She relocated from South Africa to the UK towards the end of 2022 and started with HCPT in January 2023. Prior to this, she spent 12 years working against human trafficking and modern-day slavery in South Africa. In addition to this, she also qualified as a TEFL teacher in Thailand and then spent the majority of her teaching years in South Korea.

Her role at HCPT is to support the Admin and HR team.