At the Universities Chaplaincy in Leeds we have lots of chaplains from many different denominations and church traditions.

On this page you can read profiles of our Chaplains and Student Outreach Workers and get to know us all a little more!

Our Chaplains


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Robin Fishwick first came to Emmanuel Church as a member of its choir in 1979. He was a Roman Catholic back then and became a Quaker in 1989, so he knows something about ecumenical diversity. He is the senior Quaker Chaplain and is also Co-ordinating Chaplain.

As well as Breathe, Robin is also involved in Unity Events and the Inspired Music Nights. Robin is also a keen environmentalist, a singer, songwriter, musician and ceilidh caller.

Robin serves as the Quaker representative on the committee of the Churches Higher Education Liaison Group.

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0113 343 5073


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“I joined the Chaplaincy team as Methodist Chaplain in September 2016.

Originally a solicitor, I joined the church, became ordained and moved to the sea-side town of Bridlington. For 21 years, I was the minister of churches in Bridlington then Ormskirk and I served in the Multifaith Chaplaincy at Edge Hill University.

As a chaplain, I’m always ready for a chat – about anything! I offer pastoral care to students and staff and encourage them to explore faith, spirituality and worship. Chaplaincy offers a perfect setting for building relationships between people of different faith traditions or none and exploring unity, peace, justice and love.

I love to do origami, which is acknowledged as an effective practice for mindfulness and wellbeing. I am married to Karen, have three grown-up children and five grandchildren and am kept busy by my eleven-year-old daughter.”

Leeds Beckett Headingley campus, PRG07a

0113 812 2010


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Hi, I’m the Catholic chaplain for the universities in Leeds. I started working at the chaplaincy in 2019.

Having grown up in Kent, I came to Leeds to study at Trinity & All Saints College (now Leeds Trinity University). I graduated from the University of Leeds and worked as a primary school teacher before realising that God was calling me to the priesthood. I’ve studied at seminaries in Spain and in Rome, and was ordained priest in July 2014. I’m also the chaplain to Leeds Trinity University in Horsforth, as well as the director of the youth service for the Diocese of Leeds – let me know if you’d like to be involved with any youth events!

Whilst I was born in England, my parents are Egyptian and Armenian Lebanese. I speak French at home, and have also learnt Italian and (some!) Spanish.

I’m excited to continue my ministry in the chaplaincy. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible and getting to know you. I’m happy to have chats about absolutely anything – whether it’s about the Catholic faith, about religion in general, or anything else, such as sport, film, music, or any other interests you may have – no questions are off limit!

Catholic Chaplaincy, 5-7 St Mark’s Avenue, off Woodhouse Lane.

0113 243 8263


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Hi, I’m the Anglican (Church of England) chaplain (pronouns she/her).

I’ve lived in Leeds for the last 8 years, first working as a parish priest in West Leeds and then commuting to the University of Sheffield to be a chaplain there. Sheffield is great, but I’m very pleased to have a shorter commute these days! Before that I worked in mental health and learning disability projects for the NHS and Local Authorities in London. I’ve been adopted by Yorkshire, but I come originally from London.

As a chaplain my natural habitat is the coffee shop, so I’m always happy to go for a coffee and chat about life, the universe and everything. I can probably chat most intelligently about Christian spirituality, mental health and wellbeing, faith-related equalities and inclusion, interfaith learning, or my very badly behaved dog Taffy, but I’m up for trying any topic once!

Alongside working as a chaplain I’m also a part-time PhD student at the University of Leeds so I get to see the University from different angles and understand some of the pressures (and joys) of postgraduate life from the inside.

I am the lead chaplain for the University of Leeds and I am also the LGBT Champion for the Chaplaincy.



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Laurence is our longest serving chaplain and indeed has been working in Leeds University mission since coming to the city in 1974 with Agapé – a group which specialises in outreach to universities.

Helping with the International Student Club is a main part of his work and this has led to mission trips to Uganda and Nigeria.

Laurence trained in Fine Art and a painting by him of the Yorkshire Regiment can be seen in the Leeds Civic Hall.  He has a website with details of his artwork.

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0113 3437518


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Hi, I am Kim, a Chinese person born in Malaysia and living in England. I love life and like travelling. I have been to quite a few places in the world and have been in UK since I came from Malaysia as a student. I understand the longing for adventure and finding out more about life.

I have been settled in England for a number of years, bringing up my children and grandchildren with my husband Johnny. I have also worked in a few different organisations so I know the culture of the British as well as the culture of S.E. Asia.  I love to make new friends, so I am looking forward to meeting you at the Chaplaincy or somewhere in the campus.

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0113 343 7518


Father David Gill
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Father David has had a career in medicine, having been a physician in Tanzania and a consultant psychiatrist in Nottingham. David was ordained in the Anglican Church in 1981, subsequently becoming an Orthodox priest, a position he has enjoyed for 22 years.

David follows the Russian tradition of the Orthodox Church but welcomes people of all traditions to liturgy as well as those wanting to learn about faith.

David is available in Leeds for face-to face meetings during the second weekend of every month except July and August. Members of his congregation in Leeds are very happy to support Orthodox members of the universities’ communities at other times.

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In many ways, being part of the Chaplaincy as an Orthodox makes for the most fulfilling ministry I have experienced. When a Priest in the Church of England I worked in a variety of parishes from suburban to inner-city where I saw the effects of deprivation.
I have also started a chaplaincy in an FE College and been a Royal Navy Chaplain for 6 years, fortunately most of them at sea. I have a lot of respect for service personnel although I am much closer to pacifism these days.
At the centre of my week is prayer, either in my small garden Chapel or at the Chaplaincy, with of course at weekly the Holy Liturgy.
I am passionately against racism and for the breaking down of barriers and the building of bridges. Inter-faith relations is an important part of my life.
I am concerned about the rise of nationalism and intolerance in so many countries, including the UK, and see the Universities as beacons of hope.

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“After working as a general and psychiatric nurse, I studied Dentistry at the University of Leeds in 1972. After one year in Leeds, I made the most important discovery of my life and was converted to Christianity. I stayed on in Leeds and helped to develop the Chinese Christian Fellowship after my graduation. After working 20 years as a dentist I served the Chinese church in Leeds as their first pastor.

Over 15 years ago my wife Kim and I began to be involved in the university chaplaincy work in Leeds.”

0113 343 5071


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I arrived in the UK to study in 1990 when I was a teenager.  First I was in Bradford then the University of Leeds so I am an alumni.  Though we are different in age, still our life journeys probably have many things in common. I speak Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

0113 343 5071


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Since becoming a Christian while at university, Ryan has spent more than 20 years actively involved in university student ministry by helping those spiritually curious to explore what Christianity is and asks of us, to more intentional spiritual leadership development and the discipleship of Christian students. This passion eventually lead to him completing an M.Div with emphasis in University Student Ministry. After which he and his wife moved to Colorado to start a fresh expression of ministry on a university campus which focused on personal exploration and development over group responsiveness.

Ryan moved to Leeds with his family in 2012 to work with various groups that minister to university students. He officially joined the University Chaplaincy team in 2018 after several years of volunteering. An avid coffee drinker, Ryan is always up for a cup of Joe and chat. Other hobbies that fill his days are BBQ, films, weights, and Rugby League.

When one looks at the way Jesus spent much of his time they will see that he made frequent friends with those who were not very religious but were authentic about who they were and the questions they had. In that same spirit, Ryan enjoys meeting those who are not unengaged in Christian community but seek answers to whatever questions they might have.

“I find many people would like to ‘date Jesus’ and explore Christianity prior to making an eternal commitment to Him. Allow me to make an introduction.”

Ryan is currently on sabbatical and is scheduled to return to the Chaplaincy in January 2022.

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Samantha is a minister within the United Reformed Church (URC) and has recently joined the Chaplaincy team.  She grew up in Stockport, before moving to Sheffield to train for paediatric nursing. After qualifying Samantha worked for a short time within the Operating Department.

During this time she felt God’s call to ministry and so moved to Cambridge and completed for ministerial training at Westminster College.

She was ordained in 2015 and began her ministry in Gravesend, Kent.

As well as working at the Chaplaincy, Samantha is also exploring how congregations within the URC engage with young people.

I don’t have all the answers, but if you fancy a cuppa and a chat we can try and find some of them together.


Our Student Outreach Worker and Project Worker for International Students


Celeste Drouin-Davis
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Hey there! I am Celeste and I am currently studying my MA in Fine Art at Leeds Arts University. Ever since I have come to Leeds, I have been passionate about being a part of Christian community, and I was president of the CU at LAU whilst I was in my third year. I am a firm believer in everyone being accepted by God, no matter where they come from, sexuality or gender. Although I’m not a chaplain myself, I’m very happy to talk life with students, so I hope I can be a familiar face to you. <3


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Juanma has been working at the Chaplaincy since 2018, mainly looking after the international students of our universities in Leeds. He came from Spain some years ago in order to work towards a PhD in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies after completing his BA in Psychology. During these years at the Chaplaincy, he has been running a series of Bible studies, Glimpses of Jesus, and a course about basic topics related to Christian theology. Moreover, he has set up a series of seminars related to general wellbeing,  named The Hope Course. He loves meeting students from other cultures, and he is always ready for a coffee and a chat. Find him at the Emmanuel Centre during the “International Students Fellowship” on Wednesday at 5:30pm, he will be delighted to meet you.