Our People


The altar party on the steps of St Stephen’s following the Institution the Reverend John Penman as Priest-in-Charge of St Vincent’s on 8th June 2021 . (left to right) Christopher Hartley, Sacristan, Canon Dean Fostekew, Bishop’s Chaplain, John Penman, Priest-in-Charge, Dr John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh, Frances Burberry, Dean of the Diocese, Niccolò Aliano, Assistant Sacristan




The Reverend John Penman




The Reverend Linda Harknett (co- chair of Stockbridge and Comely Bank Churches Together)














St Vincent’s participates in training for ministry. Former Rector, Canon Allan Maclean, and the Hon Barnaby Miln have been Field Education Supervisors for the Scottish Episcopal Institute.  The Reverend Oliver Brewer-Lennon, whilst  a third year ordinand, was on placement at St Vincent’s from Epiphany to Easter 2016. He is now a Canon and the Vice Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow. Michael Johns-Perring was involved in the life of St Vincent’s before going up to Westcott House, Cambridge in September 2016, and is now a curate in the Diocese of Southwark. Our Evening Organist, William D Watt, is a Church of Scotland probationary minister whilst Niccolò Aliano, Assistant Sacristan, is a Scottish Episcopal ordinand.






A Vestry meeting in January 2019

THE VESTRY is a committee of members elected to administer the temporal affairs of a church or parish. Our vestry supports the life and activities of St Vincent’s, has responsibility for the general control and management of the administration of the business matters of the congregation. For the purposes of charity law, members of the Vestry are the Charity Trustees of the church.


Andy Milner, Locum Treasurer, Helping Hands Co-ordinator and Diocesan Synod Lay Representative


Angela Wilson, hospitality


The Hon Barnaby Miln, Property Convener and Webmaster. General Synod member


Bridget Campbell, Vestry Secretary, General Synod Standing Committee Convener


Christina Paulson-Ellis, Protection of Vulnerable Groups


Christopher Hartley OSC Sacristan


James Holloway CBE Vestry Convener, Alternate Lay Representative 


Dr Oliver Thomas, Charities


Ruth Stark MBE, Music Co-ordinator

Property Committee of the Vestry: The Hon Barnaby Miln (Property Convener), Christopher Hartley.

Finance Committee of the Vestry: Bridget Campbell, Christina Paulson-Ellis, Dr Oliver Thomas.

Elected Vestry members usually serve for a term of three years and may serve for a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Our constitution requires that at the Annual General Meeting members of the congregation should elect up to ten members to act as members of the Vestry. There may be vacancies available if you are interested; have a word with the Secretary.


Andrew Milner and the Hon Barnaby Miln are members of the Diocesan Synod of the Diocese of Edinburgh. James Holloway is the Alternate Member.


Bridget Campbell is Convener of the Standing Committee of the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, elected in December 2020.

The Hon Barnaby Miln is a member of the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church. He was elected in 2016 for four years, and re-elected in 2020, as the Lay Representative of the Edinburgh Forth Area Council. This  is composed of these congregations: Holy Cross, Davidson’s Mains, Edinburgh EH4 5BS; St David of Scotland, Royston Mains Place, Edinburgh EH5 1LH; St Ninian’s, 40 Comely Bank, Edinburgh EH4 1AG;  St Paul’s & St George’s, 10 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3RH;  St Philip’s & St James’, 57B Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH5 5PX;   St Vincent’sSt James the Less, John’s Place, Leith EH6 7EL; St Mary of Mount Carmel, Hopetoun Road, South Queensferry EH30 9RB.


St Vincent’s is a member of Stockbridge and Comely Bank Churches Together, which is responsible for the Good Friday Walk of Witness through the streets. The Reverend Linda Harknett and the Hon Barnaby Miln are its co chairmen for 2022.


We enjoy the use of the St Vincent’s building under the agreement we have with Commandery of Lochore of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus.  The building is currently being conveyed into the ownership of the Vestry on behalf of the Congregation. 


Help is always needed to read the Epistle and Intercessions, to welcome and hand out books and to take the Collection. If you think you could offer your services, please add your name to the appropriate day or speak to Andy Milner

If you can help with hospitality please contact Angela Wilson  

Jenny Stewart, flower arranging co-ordinator

If you want to help with flower arranging please contact Jenny Stewart


Sacristan: Christopher Hartley

Assistant Sacristan: Bartosz Skrzypczak

Garden: Christopher Hartley

Magazine Editor: David McDowell

Protecting Vulnerable Groups: Christina Paulson-Ellis

Property Convener: The Hon Barnaby Miln

This website: The Hon Barnaby Miln who welcomes photographs (by email) of the living, lively St Vincent’s for this website.

GENERAL ENQUIRIES: Contact@stvincentschapel.org.uk



The Reverend Professor Gordon Graham FRSE, Director of the Edinburgh Sacred Arts Foundation








Dr Harry Whalley Composer in Residence at St Vincent’s since 2016 (also Reader in Sound and Music at the University for the Creative Arts)




The Edinburgh Quartet resident at St Vincent’s since October 2014.







Sacristan Christopher Hartley OSC (left) with Property Convener Barnaby Miln in June 2016


Vestry member, James Holloway presents flowers, speaking in Italian, to Mrs Eleonora Hull.
Vestry member, James Holloway presents flowers to Mrs Eleonora Hull, wife of our Assistant Priest, the Reverend Dr Mike Hull following his licensing to St Vincent’s in June 2015.


Susan Paul reads from the 4th Chapter of the Epistle to the Ephesians.
Mrs Susan Paul reads from the 4th Chapter of the Epistle to the Ephesians.