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

Phil Sparke

Chief Executive

Phil 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.

Jennie Black

Jennie Black

Assistant 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 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

Pilgrimage Organiser

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.

Andy Clare

Andy Clare

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.

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.

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

Assistant 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.

George Mullis

George Mullis

Donor Contact Manager

George spent eight years in funding management with Leicestershire Constabulary before joining HCPT in 2011. Prior to that 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, and fundraising from the London Marathon. He is also the promoter of HCPT's Bernadette Club raffle and Grand Draw.

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.

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.