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Loretta Minghella appointed as First Estates Commissioner

30 June 2017


Appointed: Loretta Minghella, who is currently the chief executive of Christian Aid

Appointed: Loretta Minghella, who is currently the chief executive of Christian Aid

THE next First Church Estates Com­missioner of the Church of England is to be Loretta Minghella, the chief ex­­ecutive of Christian Aid, it was announced on Wednesday. She will take up the post on 1 Nov­ember. Her predecessor, Sir Andreas Whit­tam Smith, retired this month (News, 24 February).

The First Church Estates Com­mis­sioner chairs the assets com­mittee of the Church Commissioners, re­­spons­ible for managing its £7.9-billion in­­vest­­ment portfolio, and is a member of the Church Commis­sioners’ Board of Governors, the General Synod, and the Archbishops’ Council.

Ms Minghella was appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Min­­ister after an open selection pro­cess. The Archbishop of Canter­bury praised her “exceptional record of ser­vice” in the financial, legal, and char­itable sec­tors, and her experience in busi­­ness, investment, and econ­omic affairs.

“The Church Commissioners sup­port the mission and ministry of the Church through the effective steward­ship of their investments,” Arch­bishop Welby said. “I am delighted that Loretta has chosen to use her great skills and experience in serving the Church, and greatly look forward to working with her.”

The Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, said: “Her background has prepared her well to be the First Church Estates Commissioner. A Chris­tian who delights in Jesus Christ and has a warm heart for everyone. I rejoice greatly at her appointment.”

The former Archbishop of Canter­bury Lord Williams, who also chairs the trustees of Christian Aid, said that, while the charity would be sad to lose its chief executive, “we know that she leaves an organisation in good heart, with a clear and transformative vision of the future. Our debt to her is huge, and we send her on her way with the greatest gratitude.”

Ms Minghella said on Wednes­day that she hoped to build on her experi­ence at the charity, and in the finan­cial sector, to help the Church to maintain its funding, and uphold its reputation as a leader of ethical and responsible investment.

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