Meet the Parish Council

Our parishioners from the local community bring years of experience and expertise

Nicholas Baumgartner

Nicholas, a lawyer, has been an active member of St Joseph’s Parish for well over a decade. He is an Extraordinary Minister of the Word and of the Holy Eucharist. Both of his children attended St Joseph’s Primary School. Nicholas has a keen interest in theology, and often presents seasonal reflections and participates in the liturgy.

Jennifer Buckley

I have been attending St Joseph’s Highgate for over 30 years and both my children went to St Joseph’s Primary.  I have been a Parish Council member since it started. My role has broadened and developed over the years from supporting the children’s liturgy group to being a eucharist minister.   
I have watched the church grow and I am delighted to be part of such a great team.

Roni Collins

My family and I joined Saint Joseph’s Church in 2005.  I have three children and all have received their sacraments here at Holy Joe’s.   I feel very privileged to be part of such a multicultural congregation that is always warm and welcoming.  I was asked to join the parish committee in 2015 and I really enjoy being part of the decision-making of this wonderful church.  You can generally find me at the 12 noon Mass.

Noreen Feeley

I have been a member of the Parish for over 20 years. My three children attended St Joseph’s Primary School.
After a career in finance I took a break to raise my children and am now working as a tutor in St Joseph’s School. 
I serve the Parish as a Eucharistic Minister and member of the Parish Council.

Frank Larkin

I am a member of the Parish Council and a reader at mass.
My wife Kate and I have three adult children. We have been attendees at St.Joseph’s since the mid-1990s, when our eldest daughter was preparing for First Holy Communion.


Jenny Lee

I have been coming to St Joseph’s for 19 years and was Received here in 2004. I am in the Choir, a Eucharistic Minister, Reader, Parish Council member, Parish Registrar, look after the Repository, and am Chair of Churches Together in Highgate.

Chiara Mayer-Rieckh (Secretary)

I have lived in the parish since 2000 and attend mass with my husband and four children. I serve as secretary of the Parish Council and Eucharistic Minister, and also organise the monthly coffee mornings.


Angela Milne

I have attended St Joseph’s parish since moving to North London around 2000. I work full time within the area of social care and I am a mother to a teenage daughter who previously attended St Joseph’s RC primary school and is now a pupil at La Sainte Union RC secondary school.
Within the Parish Council I am currently involved in matters relating to Safeguarding – and ensuring that that the parish is compliant with Diocesan procedures. I also have a role in ensuring that the parish follows procedures around data protection and the safe keeping of sensitive or confidential information that the Parish keeps.


Betty Pires

I retired after a 45 year career in the financial services industry, living in the Middle East, the USA and Europe, until my husband Walter and I decided to settle down in our corner of North London and make it home. My family and I were warmly welcomed into St Joseph’s when we moved here in the early 1990s and we continue to enjoy being a part of its large, diverse and friendly community.  I have been a member of the Parish Council for some years and also serve as a member of the newly-formed Finance and Conservation Committees. Walter and I have two adult children who live locally and also worship at St Joseph’s.

Lorraine Redmond (Chair)

Lorraine was married at St Josephs and her husband was baptised here! She began her active journey by becoming a Children’s Infant Liturgy Groups helper in 1987 when her children started the St. Joseph’s Primary School.  She then became Liturgy Group Leader during the period of 1989-2003, and also a member of the choir.


Roxane Stirling

Born in North London, Roxane has lived in the parish for almost fifty years.  She is a retired financial advertising executive and enjoys travel, gardening, theatre and the arts. She co-ordinates the Readers and Eucharistic ministers rota and is the administrator for the First Communion programme.


Ed Tierny

Ed, a computer programmer worked as Parish Administrator from 2004 until mid-2021. Parish activities have included Justice & Peace, St Vincent de Paul (SVP) and Churches Together, and various committees including the 100 Club. Ed is reader and Eucharistic minister at 12 noon Mass, also assisting with the Repository.

Fessehaye Woldesus

Fessehaye is a British citizen of Eritrean origin. He and family have been coming to St Joseph’s Church for over 20 years, since 1998. His three of their children have been active participants at St Joseph’s Children’s Choir, Alter Service and as Readers. Fessehaye’s expertise as Scientist and Engineer is to policy advise in Sustainable Energy Engineering Technologies. He is also a keen and passionate advocate for Peace and Justice.


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