The Campaign Team
Mike Sheridan | Campaign Chair
Mike started his teaching career after gaining qualifications from Loughborough University in 1973. He taught Mathematics, Physical Education, Computing and Religious Education to 11-19 year-olds in the London Boroughs of Lewisham and Lambeth until 1984. Having spent a career break of six years in financial services, he returned to Catholic education in the London borough of Wandsworth until 1992.
He completed his teaching career in Lewisham as a Catholic Headteacher and in 2001 became an LEA officer in the Borough, serving for six years.
Mike was appointed Assistant Director of Education with the Archdiocese of Southwark in 2008 and retired three years later. He has worked as a Religious Education Inspector for this Diocese and the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.
For a period of 24 years, Mike served on several governing bodies in the Catholic sector at primary phase, secondary phase and in the 16-19 years sector. His faith is extremely important to him and he is an active member of his local parish.
He lives in South-East London with Judy, his wife. They have two sons, who currently work in the banking sector, and two young granddaughters, who manage to keep Mike very much on his toes!
Frances Mulligan | South West Area Leader
Frances has lived and worked in the Diocese for most of her life, mainly in South London. She currently resides in Sutton and has done so for forty years.
As a child, Frances lived in the parish of Altenburg Gardens in the days when they had three priests living in the Presbytery in Lavender Gardens. All priests who served in Altenburg were regular and welcome visitors to the family home. She attended St Mary’s Crescent Lane Primary School and made her first Holy Communion, Confession and Confirmation at St Mary’s, Clapham.
After training as a teacher, Frances worked in her former primary school – St Mary’s – then became a Headteacher at Our Lady of Victories, Putney and then after St Andrew’s, Streatham. As a Headteacher, she became involved in the parishes of St Simon’s, Putney and English Martyrs, Streatham and realised more fully how parishes support family life. She sees how priests are at the heart of the home and school parish dynamic, as well as how much they relinquish when the time comes to move out of active ministry.
Following retirement, Frances has enjoyed providing childcare for her family, serving as a school governor and pursuing many interests including Christian unity, interfaith dialogue, walking, travelling and the arts. When one of many priests Frances has worked with put her name forward for the Campaign Steering Group, she was honoured to join it. She believes that priests deserve to know that they can count on their parishioners’ affection, financial support and prayers as they come to the end of a life of service.
Ken Atmore | South-East Area Leader
Originally from Scotland, Kenneth spent his childhood at St Paul’s and St Edmund’s Catholic Schools in Dover. He was part of the Sanctuary Guild in two Dover Parishes for many years before taking an apprenticeship in Ladies Hair Styling and working for the Post Office.
He gained an Honours Degree in Political Science and joined the Kent Police in Maidstone for five years before transferring to the Metropolitan Police, serving for a total of 36 years in South and Central London. During his time with the Met he specialised in public order, security, protection and counter terrorism. Kenneth is married with two grown-up children who still live close by.
Kenneth has just retired from being the Chief Invigilator at St Catherine’s Catholic School for Girls in Bexleyheath and is the Independent Member of the Standards Committee for Bexley Council.
He is an active volunteer for Starlight Children’s Foundation, a former member of the Laity Commission and an Auditor for the Southwark Metropolitan Tribunal in addition to being the chair of Bexley Deanery Pastoral Council.
Leisure time is spent motor-boating, enjoying the countryside and ballroom dancing. Having been a life-long Catholic, Kenneth welcomed the opportunity to support the clergy in their later years as a gratitude for their ministry of service.
Tom Mullally | Kent Area Leader
Born in Farnborough in Kent, Tom’s family consisted of five sisters and one brother brought up in the family home in Bromley.
He was educated at St Joseph’s Academy in Blackheath by the De La Salle Brothers for ten years from the age of eight. At eighteen he studied Dentistry at University College Hospital in London and qualified in 1980. Initially Tom practised as an Associate Dental Surgeon for a few years in Gravesend, Kent and then Hastings, East Sussex. He then had his own Dental Practice from 1984 in Blackheath, South East London for nearly 30 years until his retirement.
Tom is currently a foundation Governor at St Matthew’s Academy, Blackheath, which opened seven years ago, and teaches children from the ages of 3 to 16 years. He is also an active member of both the Bromley and Sevenoaks Catenian circles and has been a Catenian for 30 years.
Tom has been very happily married to Margaret for 30 years and they have three girls and one boy who are still currently studying or taking their first steps into their chosen career paths. Both Tom and Margaret have many shared interests, in particular walking – last Spring they walked 450 miles on the Camino de Santiago – an ancient pilgrimage route to Compostella in Spain. Tom and Margaret are parishioners at St Thomas’ Catholic Church, Sevenoaks where they are both Eucharistic Ministers and are very fortunate to have Father Richard Harvey as their Parish Priest.
Tom believes that giving to the Clergy Support Fund Campaign is important because our priests have devoted their lives to our spirituality and their vocation, retiring as they do at 75 years. They have been there with friendship and spiritual help during our best and most difficult times. They are vital members of our Catholic family and this is our chance to repay them and help to support them in sickness and retirement.
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