The Team

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Parish Buying

Grace Okafor

Head of Parish Buying

Grace took on the role of Head of Parish Buying in November 2022. Prior to this, she was ACCA’s Procurement Manager for Global Markets. She holds a BSc in Management and Accounting, and Certificates in International Women’s health and Human Rights and Stress Management and Coping skills. She is currently undertaking her MBA in International Oil and Gas Management as well as a Certificate in Understanding Mental Health. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

David Richards

Net Zero Officer

David is the Net Zero Officer, with a wide range of practical experience and delivery in energy efficiency and carbon reduction projects David is looking at how to make the process of moving towards Net Zero for Parishes easier to understand and make the access to services and supplier needed across a range of measures simpler, taking some of the pain away from Parishes as they make inroads into their Net Zero ambitions.  

Mairi Smith

Mairi took on the role of Church Building Maintenance Partnership Officer(CBMP)  in September 2023. She is responsible for facilities management and will focus on the Church Building Maintenance Partnership project to deliver savings and efficiencies in building maintenance for worshipping communities. Prior to this, she was a Facilities and Health, Safety and Compliance Manager for both charity and blue-collar organisations. She holds a NEBOSH General, NEBOSH Fire and NEBOSH Construction (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) which is a globally recognised qualification covering health and safety and risk management.  She has also undertaken many facilities management, wellbeing and international relations courses.  She is a Technician member (TIFPO) of the Institute of Fire Prevention Officers (IFPO) and holds a Technical Member (TechIOSH) for the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Pamela Ezenwa

As the Parish Buying Project Manager, Pamela would be responsible for managing the delivery of the new Parish Buying website project as well as the Parish Buying strand of the Net Zero Carbon program. She comes with extensive experience in project management. She will also be supporting the creation of a procurement centre of excellence for Parish Buying.

Monique Benjamin

Monique took on the role of Procurement Category Officer in March 2024. Prior to this, she was a Procurement Officer at The Royal Society. She is responsible for supporting the National Giving team. To support, advise and enlighten stakeholders on NCI procurement protocols, which will promote sound and effective end-to-end Procurement practices.

Christian Nwokoye

Chris assumed the position of Parish Buying Procurement Category Officer in March 2024. Before this role, he served as a Contract Manager in the central government. Chris earned a BSc in Environmental Management and Toxicology, as well as an MSc in Oil and Gas Management from the University of Wolverhampton. He is accredited as a Contract Management Practitioner for Government Commercial Functions and holds certification in Carbon Literacy. Additionally, Chris is a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

Digital Giving Team

Grace Emmett

Digital Giving Manager

Grace is responsible for enabling greater access to digital giving for churches, including a three-year rollout of digital giving that will see 2,000 churches across the country receive contactless donation devices. Grace is also working to improve reporting mechanisms for online and contactless giving to give dioceses better insight into digital giving as an income stream for churches.

Megan Husband

Digital Giving Support Officer

Megan is the Digital Giving Support Officer and joined the team in August 2022. She helps with the digital giving rollout and supports churches and Giving Advisors in all things digital giving, from online to contactless.

Catia Oldrey

Giving Administrator

Catia joined the National Giving team in October 2022 as the Giving Administrator. The main part of her role is to support the delivery of the National Giving Strategy, mainly by supporting the digital giving roll out. Catia also provides administrative support to the wider team and the initiatives they are leading on.


Rob Kissick

 CEO of 2buy2 (Our Procurement Partners)

Natalie Baker

Customer Service Team Leader

Rachel Milner

Customer Relationship Advisor

Deborah Griffiths

Customer Advisor

Zara Parry

Customer Advisor