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 Assistant Priest (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. The Reverend Michael Johns-Perring was involved in the life of St Vincent’s before going up to Westcott House, Cambridge in September 2016, is now Priest-in-Charge of St Fillan’s Church in Edinburgh. Our Sunday evening organist, The Reverend William D Watt, is a recently ordained Church of Scotland minister whilst Niccolò Aliano, Assistant Sacristan, has been 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



The Hon Barnaby Miln, Property Convener and Webmaster. 


Bridget Campbell, Vestry Secretary 


Gerry Wells


James Holloway CBE Vestry Convener, Alternate Lay Representative 


Jane Gauld Befriending

Franklin Lau


Dr Oliver Thomas Finance Convener


Rachel Macdonald


Ruth Stark MBE, Diocesan Synod Lay Representative

Property Committee of the Vestry: The Hon Barnaby Miln (Property Convener)

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

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.


Ruth Stark 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. He was previously a member of the General Synod of the Church of England.


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 two years, 2022 and 2023.


In 2022 the building was conveyed into the ownership of the Vestry on behalf of the Congregation, the gift of the Commandery of Lochore of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus which had owned it since 1971.


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 Angela Wilson. Or 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



 Sacristans: Franklin Lau, Niccolò AlionaBartosz Skrzypczak 

Garden: Gerry Wells

Magazine Editor: David McDowell

Protecting Vulnerable Groups:  

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 Festival








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)






Former 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.