The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878


Our Annual Report for 2021-22

I am pleased to announce that the Audited Report and Consolidated Financial Statements for the 2021-22 financial year can be downloaded here: 2022 Annual Report

This Annual Report, filed with the Charity Commission puts on public record the good works that are done in our parishes, diocesan agencies and the Curia in serving the people of God.  As required by the Charities Act these good works are expressed by reference to our governance, charitable objectives and the public benefit.

The report illustrates our collective good financial stewardship in addressing the challenges that continued during the year as result of government restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Annual Report is completed within three months of the year end and is the accumulated result of the week-in-week-out efforts of our volunteer counters, Gift Aid Co-ordinators and Parish Finance Committees (to name but a few), as well as the staff in our parish offices, which have enabled this Report to be completed.

I am very thankful for the cooperation I have received from Curia colleagues and Parish staff and volunteers in completing this year’s report.


John Moran, Financial Secretary


John joined the Diocese of Leeds in February 2016 having gained extensive accounting and general management experience in the commercial sector, including 10 years with Alliance and Leicester Bank.  He is responsible for managing and co-ordinating the finances of the Diocese working with HSBC and our Auditors, Saffery Champness.
0113 261 8024


Anna Larkin, Financial Accountant

Anna has worked in the Finance Department since February 2016.  She project-managed the implementation of the Online Parish Accounting System (OPAS) in our 77 parishes and continues to provide on-going support.  Anna works on the preparation of the Annual Accounts and other finance projects such as grant applications for diocesan and parish projects. 
0113 261 8028

Louise Ward, Gift Aid Administrator

Louise has worked for the Diocese since March 1988.  She started as secretary to the Property Office and joined the Finance Department in 1991.

Louise is the primary contact for Gift Aid in the Diocese, frequently visiting parishes and giving presentations at Sunday Masses to promote Gift Aid giving as well as assisting parishes in processing their claims on OPAS.  Louise is well respected in this field, being Secretary to the National Gift Aid Conference as well as being the Gift Aid Administrator for the Diocese of Hallam.

She is also sub-editor of the Diocesan Year Book and provides secretarial and administrative assistance to other departments in the Curia. 
0113 261 8023

Catherine Walker,  Assistant Financial Accountant

Catherine originally joined the Diocese in 2010.  She began as a volunteer in the Education Department before becoming a permanent employee in 2012.  In 2016, Catherine joined the Finance Department where she is the Accountant for the Diocese’s Pastoral and Conference Centre at Hinsley Hall and maintains the accounts for the Curia’s departments.
0113 261 8004

Adam Fairbairn, Accounts Assistant

Adam started working for the Diocese in 2021, having previously spent some time exploring a vocation at the York Oratory.

0113 261 8025


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