Little Saint Mary’s Church, Cambridge

Who’s Who at LSM


Fr Robert

The Rev'd Dr Robert Mackley
has been Vicar of Little St Mary's since 2012.

Born and brought up near Nottingham, Fr Robert worshipped at LSM as an undergraduate. He read history at Christ's College and then theology at Emmanuel College while training for the priesthood at Westcott House. Ordained in 2003, he worked in city centre parishes in London and Liverpool before returning to Cambridge in 2009 to be Assistant Chaplain and a research student at Emmanuel, completing his PhD on the episcopate in the reign of George II.

He writes for the Bible Reading Fellowship, lectures aboard cruises, and is a regular columnist and reviewer for the Church Times. To relax, Fr Robert reads politics, theology and biography, eats out too much and watches Nottingham Forest fail to make any progress in the Championship!

Fr Robert is also Rural Dean of South Cambridge with overall responsibility for our neighbouring parishes in the deanery.

The Vicarage
1b Summerfield
01223 356641     Email Fr Robert


Fr Mark
Fr Mark Bishop
is a self-supporting Associate Priest at Little St Mary's.

Fr Mark grew up in Cambridge, studying at The Leys School (in LSM Parish) and Downing College. He was ordained deacon in 2002 and priest in 2003. When not at LSM, he was formerly a barrister specialising in Health and Safety cases and other regulatory work. He now works in criminal law. He is also a member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal and Chancellor of the Diocese of Lincoln. He is married to Christine and has three daughters.

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Fr MaxFr Max Bayliss
is Honorary Assistant Priest at Little St Mary's.

Fr Max grew up in Cambridgeshire and was attached to LSM as an ordinand while training at Westcott House. He was ordained in 2016 and served his curacy in the Diocese of St Albans, during which time he also studied history at Oriel College, Oxford, focusing on wit and wordplay in the early modern sermon. Since returning to Cambridge in 2019 he has been Chaplain and Bye-Fellow at Queens’ College, and is also the Young Vocations Champion for the Diocese of Ely.

In his spare time Fr Max enjoys playing squash, which goes some way to addressing the consequences of his more developed enjoyment of cooking and consuming.

Queens' College
01223 335618     Email Fr Max

Other people

Sue Munro
is Reader at Little St Mary's.

01223 880730     Email Sue

Janet Nevitt & Adrian Savin
are the Churchwardens at Little St Mary's.

01763 248191 (Janet) or 01223 563825 (Adrian)

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Richard Martin
is Treasurer for Little St Mary's.

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Richard Morgan
is Secretary of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) for Little St Mary's.

Richard is also a member of the General Synod of the Church of England and the Ely Diocesan Synod and is the Lay Chairman of the Cambridge South Deanery Synod.

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SimonDr Simon Jackson
is Organist and Director of Music at Little St Mary's.

Simon began his musical training as a chorister at York Minster, moving to Cambridge in 2002 to take up a choral scholarship at Jesus College. After graduation he spent a year in Peterborough as a lay clerk in the cathedral choir, before returning to Cambridge to continue his academic studies, completing a PhD at the University on the musical interests of the 17th-century metaphysical poet George Herbert. He is committed to Music Outreach, and is a tutor for the Oxford and Cambridge Singing School, based at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. After holding a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship at the University of Warwick, in 2017 Simon was appointed Bye-Fellow and Director of Music at Peterhouse, LSM's adjacent college and patron of the living.

Email Simon with any comments on the music, or if you are interested in joining the choir.

Sarah MacDonald

is Honorary Associate Organist at Little St Mary's.

Sarah came to the UK from her native Canada in 1992 to read for a degree in music at Cambridge as Organ Scholar of Robinson College, after studying piano, organ, singing and conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. After taking her MA in 1999, she was appointed Director of Music and Fellow at Selwyn College, the first woman to hold such a post in any Oxford or Cambridge College. She also directs the Girls’ Choir at Ely Cathedral. Sarah was Assistant Choir Director (with special responsibility for the Junior Choir) and Assistant Organist at LSM from 2001 until September 2008, and we welcome her frequent returns. In 2014 she accompanied the LSM choirs in their CD recording His Sweet Art, and in 2018 she was elected an Associate of the Royal School of Church Music in recognition of her services to church music and liturgy.

Sarah can be contacted via Selwyn College.

James Yardley
is Webmaster for Little St Mary's.

Email James with any comments or suggestions about the website.

Elaine Shield
Elaine Shield
is the Administrative Assistant at Little St Mary's.

Elaine grew up in Cambridge before taking a music degree at Hull University, her main instrument being the double bass though she also teaches piano. Since returning to Cambridge she has worked as a school librarian and is an experienced proofreader, orchestral administrator and gardener. A mother to three children, she enjoys all creative activities including baking and handicrafts, and exploring the outdoor wonders of the natural world.

01223 366202

Email Elaine with general enquiries about the church, or to book our facilities for an event. Her normal office hours are 9am to 1pm from Monday to Friday, but you can email or leave a voice message at any time.