*** DEBUG END ***

William Fittall to step down in November

20 February 2015


Platform: William Fittall (right) listens to a speech by the Archbishop of Erbil, at the General Synod sessions in London, last week 

Platform: William Fittall (right) listens to a speech by the Archbishop of Erbil, at the General Synod sessions in London, last week 

THE General Synod's Secretary General, William Fittall, is to step down on 30 November, a week after the induction and inauguration of the new Synod.

Mr Fittall, who is 61, graduated from Oxford, and immediately entered the civil service, in which his appointments included Private Secretary to the Northern Ireland Secretary. He also headed the Counter-Terrorism Division of the Home Office.

"After a succession of demanding roles I have, with my wife, concluded that the time has come for me to retire from full-time work and move to a more flexible pattern of life," Mr Fittall said on Friday.

"When the time comes, there will be more to say about the experience and privilege of having occupied this unique role. In the mean time, there is still much work to be done, not least in relation to the reform and renewal programme, the Church's engagement with government after the forthcoming election, and the preparations for a new synodical quinquennium."

The Archbishop of Canterbury said that Mr Fittall had made "a substantial and prodigious contribution to the work and life of the Church of England. For over a decade he has been unstinting in his efforts to ably lead the staff of the Council and professionally support the work of the Synod. He has been indefatigable in his service and I will personally miss him greatly."

The search for his successor as Secretary General to the Synod and the Archbishops' Council is to begin immediately.

Browse Church and Charity jobs on the Church Times jobsite

Forthcoming Events

Green Church Awards

Awards Ceremony: 6 September 2024

Read more details about the awards


Festival of Preaching

15-17 September 2024

The festival moves to Cambridge along with a sparkling selection of expert speakers

tickets available



Festival of Faith and Literature

28 February - 2 March 2025

The festival programme is soon to be announced sign up to our newsletter to stay informed about all festival news.

Festival website


ViSIt our Events page for upcoming and past events 

Welcome to the Church Times


To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)