Meet the Team

Simon Talbott BD

Priest in charge

Simon became priest in charge of Great Shelford in July 2013, after serving as Vicar of St Martin’s, Epsom for twelve years. He has been ordained since 1981 and has served in Norwich, Leeds and rural North Yorkshire. Originally from Newmarket, Simon is delighted to return to work in East Anglia where he has many friends and close family members.

Simon has wide parochial experience and is interested in community development, exploring faith and making links between the working world and the church. He has also served on Diocesan and national committees addressing the care and disposal of churches and clergy education and development.

Simon’s other interests include cricket, walking, gardening and the outdoors, political biography, cooking and Real Ale!


Nigel Pett BA MSc MPhil (Cantab) LLM FRSA

Licenced Lay Minister (Reader)

Nigel has been a Licensed Reader in the Diocese of Ely for over 30 years and has been attached to this parish for over 10 years. He has sometime sat on ministry advisory teams, been secretary to the Diocesan Readers’ Board as well as representing the laity on Deanery and Diocesan Synods.

His professional career has been in education; teacher, lecturer school inspector and governor. He still inspects church schools and his major research interests are in school effectiveness which has led him to Mongolia!  His other interests include sport, London life and good wine!


Maureen Dobson

Licenced Lay Minister (Reader)

Maureen has been a Licensed Reader for 26 years in the Dioceses of St. Edmundsbury & Ipswich and Ely. She is married to Derek and before coming to live in the village was involved in the hospice movement.


Dianne Fraser


Dianne has lived in the parish since 1965. Her late husband, Brian, was churchwarden here from 2002 – 2008.

She has a son living in Switzerland, a daughter, married with three daughters, living in Over and another daughter, also married with three daughters, living in Sweden. They all manage to get together two or three times a year. She sees the local ones often and visits Sweden several times a year.

Music has played a large part in her life. She has spent most of it teaching piano and recorder both privately and in school. She formed the Shelford school orchestra in 1979 and conducted it for 25 years.

She sings in, and conducts, the church choir, and also sings in other groups. Her other interests are tower bell ringing and gardening.


Stella Nettleton


Originally from London, Stella came to live in Great Shelford in 1997. Now divorced, she moved to Whittlesford in 2012, and became a Churchwarden in 2013. She has been a Voluntary Rep for the Christian fair-trade company Traidcraft since the late 1980s.

She is a Shelford Support Group driver, and a committee member and occasional volunteer for the Great Shelford Mobile Warden Scheme (does that make her a mobile Churchwarden?) She enjoys singing in the church choir, reading, crossword puzzles and sudoku.


Katharin Page

Parish Administrator