New Church Commissioner role for Bishop David
03 October 2016 IN: Bishop
The Bishop of Manchester, Dr David Walker, was announced today as the new Deputy Chair of the Church Commissioners’ Board of Governors. The appointment was made by the Archbishop of Canterbury who by arrangement appoints a deputy to attend the meetings in his place. The appointment is effective from 1 January 2017.
Bishop David replaces the Bishop of London, Dr Richard Chartres, who is retiring from his bishopric in February and who has served as a Commissioner since 1999.
Commenting on the appointment of Bishop David, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said:
“Bishop David’s proven experience within the Church Commissioners and Pensions Board demonstrate his skills and expertise. I have every confidence he will lead the Board very ably. I want to thank Bishop Richard, who has been an outstanding Deputy Chair and whose contribution will be missed.”
Bishop David said: “It's a great honour to be invited to succeed Bishop Richard Chartres as the Deputy Chair of the Commissioners' Board. The role of the Church Commissioners in supporting the mission and ministry of the Church has never been more crucial. I look forward to working with the Commissioners and staff to ensure that we continue to serve the Church.”
In his new role, Bishop David will be fully involved in the appointment process of the new First Church Estates Commissioner following the announcement by Sir Andreas Whittam Smith, the incumbent, that he will step down from the role at next year’s AGM.