The Revd Oliver Ross
Rector, St Olave Hart Street
Guild Vicar, St Katharine Cree
Oliver is Rector of St Olave Hart Street and Guild Vicar of St Katharine Cree. He is also Area Dean of the City. After he graduated in African history and social anthropology from the School for African and Oriental Studies at London University, he and his wife, Lizzi, taught for two years at a girls’ school in South West Uganda. Following ordination in the UK and curacies in Preston and Central London, Oliver was Vicar of Holy Trinity, Hounslow for 12 years. He was appointed to his present incumbencies in 2006 and appointed Area Dean in 2009.
Oliver and Lizzi have three children and come to the City with a love of sharing the riches of the Christian life in a variety of ways, not least the arts. Oliver is a keen photographer as well as being a lecturer in art history, while Lizzi is a professional choreographer.
Director of Music
Philip Collin was Organ Scholar of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He then took a post-graduate diploma in piano accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied with John York. Since then he has worked extensively as a vocal coach, repetiteur, adjudicator, organist and conductor, and performed as a song accompanist throughout the UK and Europe.
He has given first performances of a number of songs, most notably by Ian Venables and Elaine Hugh-Jones and some unpublished songs by Ivor Gurney. He played the organ on the Academy Award-winning soundtrack to Gravity and piano on the recently-released film, Fury. As well as being Director of Music at St Olave's and St Katherine Cree, Philip is also Musical Director of Carshalton Choral Society and a Lecturer in Music at Westminster Kingsway College.
The Rev'd Oliver Ross