The Revd Canon Miles Baker

Diocesan Director of Ministry

Miles was ordained in 2002 and has twice served as an incumbent, first in Torquay and more recently, in Coventry. He also served as Director of Mission in Peterborough Diocese where he introduced Growth Action Planning.

Miles loves spending time with his wife and two daughters and enjoys running, walking and audible books. In particular, with a degree in history, he likes reading crime novels set in Tudor England… and moving to Twickenham can only intensify his love for rugby, a game he was re-introduced to whilst living in Northampton.

Having moved from his previous role as Director of Ministry in the Kensington Area, Miles is delighted to serve now as Diocesan Director of Ministry. He has a passion for seeing people respond to God’s calling on their lives and seeing the kingdom move forward through their released ministries.


Miles Baker

The Revd Preb Andrew Corsie

Willesden Area Director of Ministry

Diocesan Lead on clergy wellbeing

Andrew is a Londoner who was ordained in June of 1993. He has worked in the diocese since then. From 2003 to 2010 Andrew was Area Dean of Ealing. In 2014, he was appointed to the Diocesan Ministry Team, in a training and development role.

Andrew is married, has two grown up children and recently became a grandparent. He is keen on keeping himself fit and interested in sport generally. Andrew is disabled, has a multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis and through this lived-experience is able to contribute to the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda in London. He leads on the wellbeing portfolio on behalf of the Ministry Team.

Andrew enjoys contemplative photography, reading and live music. He loves being in London, serving the church communities, being with others and is never so happy as when he is sharing with people the riches of the Christian faith.


The Revd Preb Irena Edgcumbe

Stepney Area Director of Ministry

Diocesan Lead for lay ministry (Inc LLM)

Irena has been Area Director of Training and Development in Stepney since 2012. Irena served her curacy at St Peter de Beauvoir Town, then served as Chaplain at Raine’s Foundation School in Bethnal Green and as Assistant Minister at St Paul Bow Common. In 2008, she became Vicar of St Anne with St Columba in Hoxton, with additional responsibility for lay training in the Area. Irena read theology at Oxford as her first degree and then went to work for SCM Press; rather more recently, she acquired an MA in Adult Learning and Professional Development from UCL. She is a Prebendary of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Irena loves to encourage and enable people to learn, grow, develop and find confidence in their gifts and calling, and in their faith. Unlike some her colleagues, Irena is not a card-carrying supporter of any sport, but she does enjoy sailing and cycling, in a gentle sort of way, and singing.


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The Revd Canon Arani Sen

Two Cities Area Director of Ministry

Arani trained for ordained ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, studying Theology and Religious Studies, at Fitzwilliam College. He served as curate in Islington and as vicar in Southall, both in diverse, urban, multi-cultural settings. For 11 years until 2019, he ministered as Vicar of Christ Church Upper Armley, Leeds, an inner city training parish, running major social projects, notably for asylum seekers and refugees.

Arani is passionate about developing clergy, training curates and encouraging vocations, having a strong track record in this area, notably to UKME/GMH candidates. He has been a BAP pastoral advisor. In the Diocese of Leeds, Arani served as Area Dean and as an Honorary Canon of Bradford Cathedral. Before ordination, Arani was a modern languages teacher and faculty head, completing an MA in education.

Arani is married to Alison; together they enjoy learning Italian and travelling extensively. They are keen skiers, trying to go to the gym and swimming. They enjoy the theatre, concerts and playing the piano. Having been born in Yorkshire, Arani supports Leeds Utd.


  • Holy Spirit Radicals – Pentecost Acts and Changed Society (MD Publishing 2018)
  • Encouraging Minority Vocations – Resource Paper (CPAS, 2002)
  • The Canterbury Preachers’ Companion 2024, published sermons.
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The Revd Nigel Taylor

Edmonton Area Director of Ministry

Diocesan Lead for Continuing Ministerial Development (CMD)

Nigel has been Edmonton Area Director of Training and Development since 2016, and before that was vicar of Christ Church, Barnet in the Edmonton Area for 19 years. Ordained in 1987 by Bishop Graham Leonard, he has worked solely in the London Diocese, first as curate in Belgravia, Two Cities, then as team vicar in Roxeth, Willesden, before crossing the border into Edmonton.

Before ordination, Nigel studied Classics at Bristol University, worked as lay worker in the West End and inner city in Birmingham before being trained at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, where he spent a term teaching at an Anglican Bible College in Mombasa, Kenya with the Church Mission Society. He is passionate about people being confident in their vocation, lay and ordained.

In his spare time, Nigel enjoys birdwatching, photographing birds, cinema as well as Scandi-noir crime thrillers, and seeing if Arsenal will ever win the Premiership again.


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The Revd Cara Lovell

Kensington Area Director of Ministry

Diocesan Lead for IME2

The Revd Cara Lovell is Director of Ministry for Kensington Area. Before starting this role in June 2023, she was a Lecturer and Tutor at St Mellitus College for five years. At St Mellitus College, she lectured in practical theology and ministry to ordinands and independent students on the BA and MA programmes. As a Formation Tutor, she also cared for the formational and pastoral needs of groups of ordinands and youth ministry students.

Cara is currently studying for a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry through Durham University. Her research focuses on candidates’ experience of the vocational discernment process towards ordained ministry, and she has published several journal articles on the subject of vocation and calling.

Cara is Associate Minister (SSM) at St Mary Hampton where her husband, Ben, is vicar. They have two daughters, Emily and Zoe. Before training for ordained ministry in 2015, Cara worked for fourteen years in the NHS as an Occupational Therapist specialising in helping people with the practical and emotional impact of chronic pain. In her free time, Cara enjoys cycling, a weekly Pilates class, and visiting museums and historic properties.


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