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New Clerk to be Dr Jacqui Philips

15 March 2013

CHURCH House, Westminster, announced on Monday that Dr Jacqui Philips (above), who has a background in corporate public affairs, had been appointed as the new Director of the Central Secretariat and Clerk to the General Synod.

Dr Philips will succeed Dr Colin Podmore, who steps down at the end of the month to become director of Forward in Faith (News, 19 October).

The director of the Central Secretariat, besides being the Clerk to the Synod, manages the team at Church House that supports the General Synod, the Archbishops' Council, and the House of Bishops. The brief also includes overseeing the Church's safeguarding, its research and statistics work, and ecumenical affairs.

Dr Philips will start at Church House on 8 April, and will be "acting Clerk to the Synod pending the approval of her appointment in July at General Synod", a statement from Church House said.

Dr Philips was director of European Government Affairs and Industry Relations at MetLife, an insurance company, from 2008 to 2012. Before that, she was head of public affairs for the Royal and Sun Alliance. Last year, "she took a short career break to explore opportunities in the not-for-profit sector and to study for a Certificate in Theology course at St Mellitus College," Church House said.

The Secretary General of the General Synod, William Fittall, said: "Jacqui brings to the role a wealth of experience and a wholehearted commitment to the work of the Church of England. There was a strong field of applicants for this senior post, and we are delighted that, as the outstanding candidate, Jacqui has accepted this role."

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