Staff support the parishes in the Diocese of Oxford in a number of ways. Our job is to help equip and resource the clergy and the people in our parishes to carry out the mission of the Church.

As Diocesan Secretary, Mark Humphriss heads up and is responsible for all central services provided by the Diocese including HR, Finance, Buildings, Glebe, Mission, Communications and Education. He is responsible for the leadership and managerial oversight of the staff employed by the Oxford Diocesan Board of Finance and working in Diocesan Church House and in the Episcopal areas.

Mark is responsible to the Bishop of Oxford and the Chairman of the Board of Finance and has a key role advising on strategy, policy governance and resources. He is a member of the Bishop’s Staff and is titular Secretary of the Diocesan Synod and the Bishop’s Council.

Many of the officers providing these services work out of Church House Oxford which is in the village of Kidlington on the outskirts of Oxford. Some services are provided by the Area offices.

If you are not sure where to turn for information or support, please see the staff list  or phone Reception on 01865 208200 and we will do our best to help.

If you have a complaint against a member of staff, please read handling complaints against employees.

Parish Support

The parish support section provides information for PCCs, treasurers, parish administrators and anyone else in need of ‘nuts and bolts’ information.


Information for parish and deanery treasurers. You can also find out more about the diocesan department of Finance, including the statutory accounts.

The Human Resources and Safeguarding team provide best practice professional advice and guidance to those we serve: parishes, schools, clergy, bishops, archdeacons, and employees.


The Communications team is here to help. We aim to promote clear, accurate information, and positive messages about the mission of the Church of England.