St. Peters Business Centre

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Innovation in the Heart of the City

Rev. Canon Paul Morris


I’m from North London, and am Jewish, so frequently went with my family to synagogue.  I became a Christian as a teenager, and after leaving school I studied Theology at John’s College in Nottingham.

In 1980 I was ordained and got married, and served curacies in Billericay and Luton before being appointed Adviser in Evangelism for the Southwell Diocese in 1989, once again living in Nottingham.  I was also involved in church planting and was appointed Millennium Officer.  During this time my marriage ended, I remained in Nottingham living with my children, David, Adam and Annie.

I married Janet in September 2002, and we began working with Christian Associates, a European church planting organisation.  We travelled around Europe, as we led the training and evangelism for the organisation, and then I was appointed Europe Director.

With the teenagers having left home, and now with two young children, Jasmine and Luke, the time was right to transition from an organisational leadership and resourcing role to a local church ministry.  Therefore, we moved to Brussels in March 2008 to join a Christian Associates’ church planting team, and as we explored whether this would be a long-term move, I sensed a fresh call to ministry once again in the Anglican church.  I was appointed Vicar of St. Peter’s in February 2009 and became Canon Missioner of Derby Cathedral in May 2012.


Rev. Anita Matthews

Associate Priest

I grew up in Stockport, Cheshire.  After going to university in Durham and working for two years at St. Alban’s Cathedral, I went to train for ordained ministry in Oxford.  I worked for four years as a Curate and Hospice Chaplain in East Barnet, North London.  8 years ago I moved to Derby to take up a job as School Chaplain at Derby High School and joined St. Peter’s as a member of the congregation, later becoming assistant priest.  From 2005 until December 2011 I worked for the Church Mission Society, an organization that supports and equips people for mission around the world. In January 2012 I was appointed Associate Priest of St. Peter’s in the City, and am enjoying the many new opportunities that life and work in the city centre offers!

I enjoy travelling, trying to learn languages (with limited success), choral music, food (eating it, not cooking it!), drinking wine with friends, and reading lots of books.

Elaine Nanson

Steering Committee Member

Elaine moved to Derby in 2010 and has served as a Derby City Centre Chaplain since 2011.
Her career has encompassed public, private and not for profit organisations and she ran her own consultancy; mentoring and advising
SME business owners for over ten years.
She was appointed as Development Manager to
St. Peter’s Business Innovation Centre in September 2014.

David Mee

Steering Committee Member

David is a Senior Relationship Manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland where he has worked for 37 years. He specialises in looking after healthcare customers such as doctors, dentists and care homes but over the years has helped customers of all types and sizes. In his spare time he loves getting his hands dirty and has just finished building their new home.

Ian Hinds

Steering Committee Member

Ian worked for Barclays Bank for 28 years, starting in Derby but spent 20 years working in London. On return to Derby he worked for Derbyshire Police as a Business Crime Prevention Adviser for Derby City and South Derbyshire. Since 2010 he has worked for Partnerships for Better Business, the appointed contract managers for St Peters Quarter BID as project manager for the St Peters Quarter area. Ian is married with two daughters, and one grand-daughter (two more are on the way – twins expected February 2015).

Helen Wigglesworth

Steering Committee Member

Helen is a co-owner and Group Financial Director of Quadralene Limited, a company based in Derby that manufactures infection control products for healthcare markets. Helen was a Trustee for ten years of Safe & Sound Derby, a charity seeking to prevent the sexual exploitation of children. She is currently on the Board of the Derbyshire YMCA and a Director of Emmanuel Community Projects – a local charity that runs a youth outreach project and a community mini-bus. Helen is married with three grown up sons.