Carla Hampton is Chaplain to the St Mellitus students in Chelmsford, as well as being an Honorary Canon of Chelmsford Cathedral, a Chaplain to The Priory Hospital and Vocations Adviser for Maldon & Dengie Deanery. She first studied at The Royal College of Music, before teaching in secondary education for 29 years (finishing as Assistant Deputy and School based Tutor for the Institute of Education). Carla trained for ordination at NTMTC, before serving her curacy at St Andrew’s, Chelmsford. Carla has served as a chaplain in hospitals and schools, as well as being part of the Chelmsford Retail Chaplains. She has been parish priest at Great Waltham with Ford End, and part of the steering committee for the Diocesan Pastoral Assistant Course, before being made Area Dean in 2007. She retired from full time parish ministry in 2012, whilst continuing as Area Dean for a further 3 years, but now has PTO in Chelmsford Diocese, as well as Norwich Diocese, where she is planning to move in 2018.