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News in brief

15 February 2012

New Bishop of Edinburgh

THE Rector of St John’s, Princes Street, and Dean of the diocese of Edinburgh, the Very Revd Dr John Armes, has been appointed as the new Bishop of Edinburgh. Before moving to Scotland in 1998, Dr Armes served in the dioceses of Man­chester and of Carlisle. The Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Most Revd David Chil­lingworth, praised his “dis­tinctive ministry”, which “has placed the min­istry of the Scottish Epis­copal Church at the heart of the city”.

Children’s Society appoints Chief Executive Officer

THE Revd Matthew Reed, the chief execu­tive of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Children’s Society. The Bishop of Truro, the Rt Revd Tim Thornton, who chairs the Soci­ety’s trustees, said: “At a time when things are increasingly tough for vul­ner­able children and families, strong leadership is more important than ever.”

RSCM director to leave

THE director of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), Lindsay Gray, will step down in the autumn. The RSCM announced that Mr Gray, who was appointed in 2007, “plans to pursue other professional interests over the next few years”. Mr Gray said: “I would still like to do other things at this stage of my career, and, with the organisation in very good heart, I feel that now is the right time to move on.”

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