About us: CCL Team


Revd Canon Professor Robert Hannaford

Robert is currently Director of Cumbria Christian Learning.  He is Priest-in-Charge at St John’s Workington, and was Executive Dean of the faculty of Education, Arts and Business at the University of Cumbria.


Team Leaders

Learning Development Team Leader

Revd Nicki Pennington

Before Ordination, Nicki trained to be a social worker at Nottingham University and completed her MA in Social Work at Leicester University. Nicki has worked in a number of roles within Social Work including project development, therapeutic and assessment work with children and families, assessments and training. She became a Lay reader in 1998 serving initially in a rural team of churches before moving to the Cockermouth Team. Nicki trained for ordination locally with LCTP and served her curacy in Maryport , Netherton, Flimby and Broughton Moor Churches.

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Principal of Initial Ministerial Education

Revd Dr Allison Fenton

Allison previously served as Associate Minister for St Mary’s Church, Sherburn, St Cuthbert’s Church, Shadforth, and St Giles Church, Durham, and studies skills tutor for Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership.

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Vocations Development Officer and Diocesan Director of Ordinands

Revd Canon Peter Clement

Peter served in the Dioceses of Chester, Manchester, St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, Bradford, and Ripon and Leeds before being appointed to the role of Carlisle Diocesan Director of Ordinands in 2015.

As a Residentiary Canon of Carlisle Cathedral, Peter is a member of the Cathedral Chapter which directs and oversees the whole life of the Cathedral, where he also takes a regular part in leading worship.

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Continuing Ministerial Development Team Leader

Revd Jane Maycock

Having served her curacy in north-west London, Jane came to the Diocese of Carlisle in 1995, since when she has enjoyed a variety of ministries. She has a long-standing desire to help encourage and develop people in their ministry, and has been involved in this in a range of contexts: in parish ministry at Holy Trinity Kendal; as a Director of Ordinands; as a biblical studies tutor at St. Martin’s College Lancaster (now the University of Cumbria; as a tutor for trainee readers and ordinands  with Cumbria Christian Learning’s predecessors, LCTP and CBDTI (the Lancashire and Cumbria Theological Partnership / the Carlisle and Blackburn Diocesan Training Institute), and as a chaplain at Rydal Hall.

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Vocations Advisers

North Cumbria Co-ordinator: Judy Polkinhorn



South Cumbria Co-ordinator: Maureen Stevens



West Cumbria Co-ordinator: Valerie Hallard




The CCL administrators are based in Church House, Penrith.

You can contact us with any enquiries.

Dr James Bober

Tel: 01768 807765

E-mail: admin@cumbriachristianlearning.org.uk

Office hours are typically 9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday – Friday


Mrs Kate Halliday

Tel: 01768 807765

E-mail: admin@cumbriachristianlearning.org.uk

Kate’s office hours are 8.30am – 5.00pm,  Wednesday / Thursday.


Mrs Christine Callery

Tel: 01768 807765

E-mail: admin@cumbriachristianlearning.org.uk

Christines’s office hours are 9.00am – 2.30pm, Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday.


Other team members

Revd Sarah Moore

Revd Elaine Bates

Revd Nick Hallam

Dr Alison Fleetwood

Prof. Annie Garden

Rebecca (Brec) Seaton