Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Diocesan Safeguarding Commission


The Diocese has a Safeguarding Commission chaired by an independent lay person with extensive safeguarding experience in working with children and vulnerable adults.

Other members of the Commission come from a range of relevant professional backgrounds in social care, health, family law, police, probations, criminal law and canon law.

The Commission guides the work of the Safeguarding Team and is accountable to the Bishop and Trustees.


Diocesan Safeguarding Commission Members:

Anne O’Brien – appointed 2018. Commission Chair, Independent Governance Consultant, former Director of Operations and Clinical Governance and former Registered Nurse.

Jane Hedley – appointed 2012. Commission member, Local Authority/Children’s Services Solicitor.

Simone Common – appointed 2014. Commission member, Service Manager for Local Authority/Children’s Services.

Gail McGregor – appointed 2016. Commission member, Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist.

Paul Weatherstone – appointed 2018. Commission member, Senior Probation Officer.

Rev. Bernard Fox – appointed 2018. Commission Religious Link, Mill Hill Missionary Priest.

Rev. Canon Peter Leighton – appointed 2020 Director Commission Clergy Advisor, Diocesan Parish Priest, Trustee and Director.

Rev. William Agley – appointed 2018. Commission Clergy Advisor, Diocesan Parish Priest and Canon Lawyer.

Vacancy – Police Representative.

Diocesan Safeguarding Commission – Minutes of Meetings:

Minutes of future Diocesan Safeguarding Commission meetings will be displayed here once available.

June 2021 (pdf)

March 2021 (pdf)

November 2020 (pdf)

July 2020 (pdf)

May 2020 (pdfword)

February 2020 (pdfword)