Who are we?



Alison Cox


Alison was ordained in 2003 in Lincoln Cathedral and served her curacy at the beautiful and big medieval church in Spalding. She then moved to Chester Diocese to be Priest in Charge of a parish in Dukinfield, St Mark's, in Mottram Deanery right at the eastern edge of the diocese. She was also Rural Dean for six years. Mottram Deanery is on the edge of the Peak District. Alison is very fond of hiking with her Rhodesian Ridgebacks dogs and housemate, Julia. They walked the Camino in Spain in 2015 (the 500 mile pilgrimage route) and the Pennine Way in the UK in 2016.


Alison was installed as the first female vicar of St Anne's in October 2018. Before ordination, she worked in horticulture and journalism and lived in Southern Africa for seven years.


You can contact Alison by email here.

Olwyn Marlow


Olwyn was ordained deacon in 1989 and served at St Martin’s, Baguley. In 1993, she moved to St John’s, Brooklands and whilst serving there became one of the first woman to be ordained priest in 1994 and she was the first woman to celebrate the Eucharist at St John’s. It was at St John’s that she met her husband Tim, a retired teacher. They share their home with several cats. After major spinal surgery in 1999, Olwyn had to retire on health grounds. She has enjoyed being a part of the family of St Anne’s since 2005. In her leisure time Olwyn enjoys crochet, a good murder (mystery that is!) and visiting antiques centres. Contact her here.

David Murray
Dave came to us as curate after a thirty plus year career in the Royal Navy followed by coaching rugby at an international level. But God had other plans for him he was ordained deacon at Chester in 2020 (with the usual process and timing disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic) and is to be ordained priest in June 2021. 2021 is also the year of his Ruby Wedding anniversary to Sally. They have two grown up sons, Will and Ollie. You can contact Dave here.



Alan Ward


Alan moved to the parish in 1964 with his wife, Hazel. They have two grown up children and five grandchildren. Both retired from teaching around 1990.  Alan has long been involved in Small Group work and was licensed as a Parish Assistant in 1991, remaining in this ministry until he became a Reader in 2005.  Currently Alan is involved in the parish in a number of areas and his interests include DIY, travel, walking and theatre. Contact him here.

Paul Edwards


Paul has been a reader here at St Anne's since 1983 when he moved to Sale and is actively involved in the Parish as a member of the Local Ministry Team.  He is married to Sylvia, who is in the Choir.  They have two grown-up children, Jonathan and Caroline.  He is now retired, having spent nearly 30 years as a teacher of Religious Education, and latterly as a Head of Year, in high school in Wytheshawe, Manchester.  Currently he is the Parish Safeguarding Coordinator.  His interests include travel, theatre,music and sport - he is a passionate Sale Sharks supporter! Contact him here.

Church Wardens

Pauline Stacey
Pauline was elected as Church Warden in 2017. She was born in Whitburn, Sunderland and moved to Sale in 1987 where she began married life with husband Paul. They have been members of St Anne’s Church for many years and have both sung in the choir. Pauline is a retired teacher. She enjoys cycling, trying out new recipes, and distantly following Sunderland AFC, although she is unsure if the latter one can be called an “enjoyment”! You can contact her here


Andrew Egarr


Andrew was elected as Church Warden in April 2021. He was born in Yorkshire but moved to Sale when he was 3 and has been at St Anne's ever since. He's taken on a number of roles and responsibilities over the years so he knows the place and people well. However, his loyalties are split: he's a passionate supporter of Manchester United, and also of Sale Sharks when he gets the chance.


Contact him here.

The PCC are responsible together with the incumbent to promote in the ecclesiastical parish, the whole mission of the church, pastoral, social and ecumenical.  It is also  responsible for St Francis and St Anne's School.  Members of the PCC are ex officio or elected at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting in accordance with the Church Representative Rules.  The people serving the PCC are the Vicar, Curate, two Church Wardens, two Readers, the Treasurer and the Secretary together with the elected members of the PCC and the Deanery Synod Representatives.