Meet Our Staff Team





Helen Lawrence | Assistant Manager

Mark Rance | General Manager

Mark has overall responsibility for managing Wydale, for vision and strategy, for staffing and finance and for ensuring that Wydale sticks to the plan to be a prayerful community renewing the Church’s mission.  Mark was Head of Operations at The Belfrey church in York before becoming General Manager of Wydale in January 2015.

Helen helps with the overall management of Wydale and has specific responsibility for the Wydale programme of events and Wydale finances.  Until answering the call to Wydale in the summer of 2015 Helen ran her own training and development business from York.

Adam Rushton is working with us on the Management Team for a year (from September 2018) as an ‘intern’ after his University education




.Andrew Lees | Catering Manager
Andrew is the Manager of  our kitchen.  He is responsible for staff in the kitchen, for menu and rota planning, for ensuring that all our systems are compliant and that we have great food safety.  Andrew has held many head cook and management positions in the catering industry, has taught catering for a long time and also runs his own high end home delivery business!

Mandy Gill | Cook
Mandy is a local lady (she's one of the few staff who can walk to work) and spends her days cooking delicious meals for our guests as well as keeping our stocks up to date and the Management Team in order.

David Williams | Cook
David comes to us from the University of York where he ran one of the catering outfits. He’s a great cook and an asset to our catering team.

Sam Batty | Catering Assistant
Sam is studying for his A Levels, is a keen cricketer and one of the team of casuals who help keep the catering running.

Nichola Chaplin | Catering Assistant
Nicky works as part of the team who keep our guests stocked up with tea and coffee, and who keep our washing up under control!

Beryl Cosens | Catering Assistant
Beryl lives locally and has enjoyed catering professionally and for her family for many years - and now she is helping us at Wydale!

Georgia High | Catering Assistant
Georgia is studying at college and does some casual hours at Wydale helping keep the washing-up from backing up and the coffee flowing. Georgia also helps out in the Housekeeping team - she’s a fantastic all-rounder!

Janet Holt | Catering Assistant
Janet has worked at Wydale for many years.  She's a wonderful cook and she spends many hours washing up and generally looking after our guests.

Lynne Read | Catering Assistant
Lynne helps keep the coffee flowing all day and is great with our guests.  She spends many hours washing up and has a particular ministry of keeping the kitchen sparkling!

Vince Reid | Catering Assistant
Vince has done lots of different jobs during his working life and right now he finds himself helping us at Wydale with refreshments for our guests, washing up and helping out in the kitchen.




Jo Bradley, Georgia High, Kate Naylor and Barbara Peel | Housekeepers
We have a wonderful team of people who keep the Wydale rooms spic and span and who manage very quick turn-arounds from one group to the next.

Ken Pickering | Gardener
Ken is our gardener.  He works half the week taming the 14 acres of Wydale land!




Wydale is blessed with many people who help us very regularly by working in a voluntary capacity.  Ann comes for a couple of days a month to help in the office.  Geoff, Pirjo, Zephra come and help decorate, Ailsa and Sue garden every week, Anne and Barbara look after our Library,  Diana stocks and cares for our gift stall.  The Wydale Oversight and Support Group is a wonderful group of people who help us to manage the affairs of the hall.  Then there are others who are on permanent stand-by for when we need a practical job doing, or some help leading an event, or when we need people to come and pray with guests.  They are all part of the Wydale community. If you would like to volunteer at Wydale please do contact us.