Clergy and team

The Reverend Will Hughes

Rev. Will Hughes


Will has been the Vicar of Petersfield and Rector or Buriton since 2011.

After a short time in the Royal Navy, Will studied theology at Exeter University and Ripon College, Cuddesdon. He served his curacy in the Cley Hill Team (Warminster) in Salisbury diocese, and then had a wonderful 5 years as vicar of Blackmoor and Whitehill (Portsmouth diocese).

Will serves on the Diocesan Synod, Bishop’s Council, Board of Education and the Diocesan Academy Trust. He loves working in schools, and is currently a Governor at Petersfield Infant School and a chaplain at Churcher’s College and Ditcham Park School, District Scout chaplain and chaplain to the ATC. Will enjoys working with people exploring their vocations, and is a Bishops’ Advisor in the selection of clergy.

He is married to Hattie, and they have four children. He enjoys woodwork and archery in his limited spare time!

Rev’d Helen Mitchell

Assistant Priest

Helen joined the team at St Peter’s at the end of 2017 as a self-supporting Assistant Priest. She and her husband Robin, who is a retired solicitor, moved that year to Petersfield from Suffolk, where they had lived for 35 years. They have three grown up children.

Helen studied History and Law at Girton College, Cambridge. She qualified as a solicitor in 1980, but stopped work while the children were small and then again to study for ministry. She became a Reader in her home church in the village of Stoke by Nayland in 2004, and then moved to St Gregory’s Church, in the nearby town of Sudbury to train for ordination, studying with the Eastern Region Ministry Course, part of the Cambridge Theological Federation. After ordination in 2010, she remained at St Gregory’s as a Curate and then as Assistant Priest.

Helen is a trained spiritual director; she has practised Christian Meditation for many years and in 2017 completed the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises at St Beuno’s Retreat Centre in North Wales.

Helen enjoys poetry and visiting art galleries, she jogs (very slowly!) to try to keep fit and loves growing vegetables.

Parish Office Administration Team


The parish office administrators are Jessica Flatt and Kate Lloyd Jones.  Contact them using the details on our Contacts Page

Melanie Evans

Melanie is a Lay Reader in St Peter’s Church.She combines her Christian ministry within the life of the church while working full-time.

Melanie graduated with a degree in theology and ministry from University College, Chichester in 2004 and became a licensed reader in 2010 after spending sixteen years in the Methodist Church where she undertook similar ministry.

Her interests include spirituality and writing.

Vanda Leary

Church Warden

Graham Heath

Church Warden
Mark Dancer - Director of Music at St Peter's Church

Mark Dancer

Director of Music

Stemming directly from his time as a chorister at Ewell Parish Church in Surrey, and already an accomplished pianist and flautist, Mark Dancer began to study the organ with Michael Fleming at Addington Palace, then home of the Royal School of Church Music, passing ARCO and LRAM in Organ Performance while still at school. He read music at Durham University and was Organ Scholar of the College of St Hild and St Bede, continuing his organ studies with Alan Thurlow and David Hill, gaining FRCO in 1984. He studied singing with Hervey Alan.

In 1986 he moved to Birmingham, becoming a lay-clerk at Birmingham Cathedral and Organist of Carrs Lane United Reformed Church in the city centre. During his time in Birmingham, Mark directed the annual festival of the Midlands branch of the Free Church Choir Union, and later, the National Festival.

Moving to the south coast in 1995, Mark spent a period as Organist at St George’s, Waterlooville, where he oversaw the restoration of the organ, and making a recording on it to help raise funds for the project. In 1997 he was appointed Director of Music at St Peter’s, Petersfield. Following the reordering of St Peter’s in 1998-9, he has established a summer lunchtime series of organ recitals, of which this year’s is the eleventh. He is conductor of the Petersfield Choral Society, and developing a recently acquired interest in composition, which resulted in him being commissioned to compose the anthem for the Petersfield Musical Festival’s Centenary Service in 2001. His ‘Mass of St Basil’ (2005) is in regular use at St Peter’s.

In addition to his private teaching practice, Mark is a visiting tutor for flute and piano at Dunhurst School, and works as a music type-setter using Finale and Sibelius (for sample scores in pdf format, please email via the link in paragraph one above). He also has a keen interest in photography and church architecture.

Emma Dean

Emma Dean

Safeguarding officer

Emma has been a member of St Peter’s Church since 2001.
Her current role is as the Safeguarding Representative which Emma has been since 2006.

Emma is also one of the Junior Church leadership team and one half of Messy Church in Petersfield.

In her personal life Emma is married to a Server and Mum to two choristers and the head server.

Madeline King

Bell Ringing Captain

Madeline learnt to ring at St. Peter’s when she and her family moved to Petersfield. Becoming a member of Winchester and Portsmouth Guild of bell ringers in 1984. While working at Petersfield hospital as a staff nurse and bringing up her two children.

She has recently become church verger..