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19 Sep 2018

Appointment of Chief Operating Officer (Diocesan Secretary)

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Chief Operating Officer (Diocesan Secretary), Andrew Caspari. Andrew’s appointment and arrival is a major event for our diocese and the result of a careful selection process.

Andrew is joining the Diocese in Europe after a long career in the BBC. He was the presenter of the Breakfast programme on BBC Radio Merseyside in Liverpool in the 1980s, before moving to London to be Duty Editor on Radio 4's Today Programme and then PM and the World at One. Andrew covered the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the Gulf Wars before moving to become Commissioning Editor at BBC Radio 4. There he was responsible for commissioning all the Specialist Factual output on the station including all the Religious programming, both worship and journalism. He also worked for the BBC World Service. In recent years Andrew has been Head of Digital for BBC Radio which includes running websites, podcasting, apps and leading the digital presentation of the BBC Proms.

Andrew has filled a number of senior lay roles in the Church. He was Churchwarden at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square throughout the £34 million renewal programme.  After serving as a governor when the school was founded, he is now Chair of Governors at St Magdalene Academy, an inner city Church of England Primary and Secondary School in Islington. He also chairs the Audit Committee at St James's Church in Piccadilly. Andrew is a member of the advisory committee to the ecumenical Heart Edge network of Churches.  He is married to Sally who also works for the BBC. They have two children (20 and 17) and live in Highbury in North London. He loves all sports, the arts and travel.

Andrew said: "I am delighted to be joining the Diocese at such a crucial time for Europe, and I look forward to seeing the ministry expand. I hope I can combine my professional skills and my lay leadership experience to the benefit of all who work and worship in our chaplaincies. I look forward to learning and sharing with the remarkable clergy and congregations across the 40 countries we serve."

Bishop Robert comments: "I believe we are truly fortunate to have someone of Andrew’s extraordinary leadership and management capabilities joining the Diocese in this key role. The interviewing panel was unanimous in its choice. I am hugely looking forward to working with Andrew, and we plan that he will take up office from the beginning of January 2019 in London when Mike Fegan comes to the end of his time with us."