It has been announced that Adrian Mumford, our Diocesan Secretary, has taken the decision to retire at the end of October.

Bishop Robert says; “Adrian has been a valued colleague and servant since starting in post in 1994 – steering the Diocese through significant change and transition. Adrian and I have been discussing his retirement for some time, and  - whilst no time is easy - this makes sense for a number of reasons.  Adrian will start winding down some work in September but, as the committed colleague he is, he will continue to support some of the major processes like the financial review and the national safeguarding audit. 

“Michael Hart (chairman of the Diocesan Board of Finance) and I have decided to recruit an interim Diocesan Secretary in the near future so we can take some time to think about the needs the Diocese has in regard to its new Diocesan Secretary.”

Catherine Jackson who has been our appointments secretary for nearly five years has left Diocesan Office to take up a post in recruiting for the UK Department for International Trade. Bishop Robert says; “We are grateful for Catherine’s work, which has borne fruit in many successful clergy appointments across the diocese. We wish her much fulfilment in her new role.”  

Jeanne French, who was before her retirement Assistant Diocesan Secretary in a role which included Appointments, is to take over Catherine’s desk on an interim basis.