The Team at the Centre for Catholic Formation
Centre Director and Diocesan Advisers
Mark Nash (Director)
Mark, formerly our formation adviser for Kent, joined the Centre in 2014 with over seven years' diocesan experience promoting and supporting small Christian communities. He has previously spent a considerable length of time in tertiary education completing a Ph.D. in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham in 2007. A father of four Mark lives in the parish of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Herne Bay.
Pierpaolo Finaldi (Formation Adviser for the South-east London Area)
Pierpaolo Finaldi is our Formation and Disability Adviser for the South-east London area. He studied Classics and Archaeology at UCL and has worked in Catholic publishing for over 20 years. He is an experienced Catechist especially in Confirmation and Marriage Preparation and is active in the Liturgical Music Ministry. He is a married father of six and the author of several children’s books including ‘Why Does the Pope Wear White?’, ‘Why does Mary wear Blue?’ and ‘My Simple Mass Book.’
Sebastian Morello (Formation Adviser for the South-west London Area)
Sebastian is the Adviser for the South-west London Area of the diocese. He is the co-ordinator for RCIA initiatives and oversees the Diocesan Catechetical Certificate. A convert to Catholicism, Sebastian has studied Scripture, philosophy, theology and catechesis with the Community of St John and the Institute of the Incarnate Word. He has run workshops and given talks on a range of subjects at Catholic events throughout the country and abroad. Sebastian is married with two children. He holds BA (Hons) and MA degrees in Philosophy from the Open University and the University of Buckingham.
Ingrid La Trobe (Formation Adviser for the Kent Area)
Ingrid is our Adviser for Kent. She has nearly 20 years of catechetical experience especially in First Holy Communion and Reconciliation Programmes and Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Ingrid holds the Diocesan Catechetical Certificate as well as a BA in History and Linguistics and a post-graduate diploma in Journalism, both from Rhodes University in South Africa. A mother of five and an avid walker, completing the Camino Frances in 2016, she frequently walks parts of the Pilgrims’ Way to Canterbury which runs through her parish of St Thomas of Canterbury, Sevenoaks.
Theo Howard (Evangelization Coordinator)
Theo is Evangelization Coordinator at the Centre for Catholic Formation. He supports diocesan and parish evangelization initiatives as well as helping parishes realise their missionary calling. Theo has experience in Confirmation catechesis in Portsmouth Diocese, pilgrimage assistance in Lourdes and working with the Catholic Herald newspaper. He holds a BA in History from King’s College London and hopes to continue his studies in the New Evangelization.
Christine Byrne (Resource Assistant)
Christine, who has a background in education, parish evangelization and catechesis, joined the Centre in March 2019. A mother and grandmother, Christine has been working since 2007 with families using Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) for children age 2-13. She has offered formation for adults in the methods of CGS and is part of a network of catechists throughout Europe.
Gemma Price (Resource Assistant)
Gemma joined the Centre in June 2019, having been an active member of the Tooting Bec Parish since 2004. Mother to three girls, Gemma has been a catechist since 2008, working on First Holy Communion programme, Under 5’s Liturgy and the Confirmation programme.
Graham Wallis (Centre Administrator)
Graham joined the Centre in January 2003 after 23 years in international banking. Formerly of the parishes of Coulsdon, Croydon and Bromley he now attends Holy Innocents, Orpington.
Coral Marie Davis (Centre Secretary)
Coral Davis NNEB, has made her career in Early Years Education, Design and Administration. Coral was born in South London to parents from the Caribbean Windrush generation.
Ann Williams (CCRS Administrative Co-ordinator)
Ann is the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies Course Secretary and the Administrator for the Rite of Election. She studied here at the Centre for Catholic Formation and successfully gained a Foundation Degree in Pastoral Ministry. She went on to further study at Heythrop College, Kensington, recently completing a MA in Philosophy and Religion.
Kerri Ramsammy (OGF/CCF Secretary)
Kerri is a Trinidadian national who has made London her home for the past 15 years. She is a First Holy Communion catechist and helps to run the programme in her home parish of St Saviour and SS John the Baptist and Evangelist in Lewisham London. Kerri holds a BA in Business Management from The University of Sunderland and is a married mum of three.