Who's Who


Position vacant, to be announced after interregnum


Associate Priest - Rev Ann Hyde



The Reverend Ann joined the ministry team at St. Martin's in May 2011, having spent three and a half years at St. Michael's, Bramhall. Before being ordained Ann was a medical editor, and a Non-Executive Director of Eastern Cheshire NHS Trust. She undertook her ordination training at St. John's College, Nottingham. Ann also has a life-long interest in the arts. She studied Community Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University and became a volunteer artist in the textile department of Start Studios, Manchester, a charity that uses art to help people recovering from mental illness. She is part of the diocesan Arts and Faith Network. In her spare time Ann enjoys walking the dogs, tapestry weaving, silk painting and gardening.



Readers are Lay Ministers who are licensed to the parish by the Diocesan Bishop to assist the clergy through preaching, teaching and leading worship.

Geoff Brammall


Geoff Brammall has been a Reader in the Church of England for over 40 years and has served in four different parishes in the Dioceses of Manchester and Chester. He values the beauty and the structure of the Anglo-Catholic liturgy at St. Martin's, as well as the friendly atmosphere. A teacher of Modern Languages (principally German) in local grammar and comprehensive schools for 27 years, Geoff retired from teaching in 1996 and now works as a freelance Education Consultant.  Besides his church work Geoff's other interests include hill-walking, the theatre and travel (especially to his beloved Germany!)


Tony Doust



Tony Doust has worshipped at St Martin's since 1991, when he started being in Marple at weekends. He retired from working in computer programming in 2002 and started the part-time three-year course of Reader training later that year. He was licensed as a Reader in Chester Cathedral in October 2005.

He values St Martin's for the very friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and also for the important role of good music in the church. His other interests include (classical) music, chess, and, sadly, Watford Football Club.


Debbie Moores


Debbie was born and raised in Yorkshire and lived there until the summer of 2010 when she took the momentous, and ultimately life-changing, decision to move to Marple. She quickly settled into life on the 'wrong side' of the Pennines and into the life of St Martin's Church. Having been PCC secretary and then a Churchwarden, a change of direction saw Debbie become licensed as a Reader in October 2019 and she is enjoying her new role very much. Debbie retains links with her beloved Yorkshire by being a member of Batley Gilbert and Sullivan society, and keeping a keen eye on the fortunes, or occasionally otherwise, of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Debbie enjoys reading, spending time with her four grandsons and travelling. She and her husband Rob love camping and enjoy visiting various parts of the UK. 



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Churchwarden and Treasurer

Alan Ashurst


Alan graduated as a chemical engineer from UMIST and has spent all his working life in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry ranging from manufacture to computer control software design and implementation.  He served as treasurer to a church in Victoria Park for 10 years while living in Manchester. Some aspects have changed but it still remains basically the same job. After taking early retirement he enjoys spending time in the garden whenever possible and on numerous diy projects which accounts for his current involvement as churchwarden. Other interests include music, photography, caravanning and all things mechanical – even if they aren't broken.


Safeguarding Officer

Helen Rogers

Helen began life in Eccles (west Manchester) before marrying and moving via Sale to live in Marple (1990). She acquired a degree in English Literature and started work as a trainee programmer, remaining in business IT for most of her career, working mainly on a freelance basis. Helen has attended St. Martin’s since the early 1990’s and after completing a stint as a Sunday School teacher, she now keeps St. Martin’s congregation and church hall regularly supplied with Fairtrade goods, submits the quarterly Gift Aid claim and has recently taken on the role of Safeguarding Coordinator. While still working part-time in several jobs, she enjoys puzzles, reading, dog-walking, socialising and holidaying with the family both in the UK and further afield.


PCC Secretary

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca came to live in Marple in 2012 and joined St. Martin’s after her daughter was christened there in 2013.  She sometimes leads Sunday school sessions and attends with her son and daughter, and her husband Daniel is in the choir.

Rebecca works as a Senior Policy and Employee Relations Advisor, her career in HR in the public sector having absolutely no relation to her degree which was in French and German.

Family life keeps her busy but in any spare time she enjoys reading, walking, cycling, yoga and cinema.