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8 Jan 2019

Welcome to Andrew Caspari

Andrew joined the Diocese in Europe as our new Chief Operating Officer (Diocesan Secretary) on 7 January 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 and hope to do all I can to help build the impact of our work at this crucial time for the Church and for the continent of Europe.  I look forward to meeting many of you in the coming months.’ 

You can contact Andrew on +44 (0)20 7898 1155 email:  andrew.caspari@churchofengland.org  and on Twitter @caspari