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16 April 2021

Dundee’s next provost

THE next Provost of St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee, in Brechin diocese, is to be the Revd Dr Elizabeth Thomson, Sub-Dean and Canon Missioner of Derby Cathedral since 2018 and 2014 respectively. Canon Thomson trained at Westcott House, Cambridge, was ordained priest in 2004, and served her title in Bath & Wells diocese. She was a Team Vicar in the Witney Team Ministry, in Oxford diocese, from 2007 to 2014. Before ordination she taught English in both Edinburgh, where she grew up, and Somerset. She succeeds the Very Revd Jeremy Auld, who now serves in Oxford diocese (Gazette, 17 January).


Archdeacon of Barnstaple

THE next Archdeacon of Barnstaple, in Exeter diocese, is to be the Revd Verena Breed, Team Rector in the Bicester Team Ministry, in Oxford diocese, since 2014, and an Hon. Canon of Christ Church, Oxford, since 2019. Canon Breed was ordained in 2002, and served as assistant curate, incumbent, and rural dean in Chester diocese before moving to Oxford. She had served as a minister in the Lutheran Church, in Germany, before coming to the UK with her husband, who works for AstraZeneca. She will take up post in September, and succeeds the Ven. Dr Mark Butchers, who is now the Principal of the South West Ministry Training Course.


Llandaff archdeaconry

THE next Archdeacon of Llandaff is to be the Revd Roderick Green, Vicar of St Peter’s, West Harrow, since 2014, and church-planter of One Church Harrow, since 2018. He was ordained priest in 2008 and has served all his ministry in London diocese. He grew up in Llanishen, north Cardiff, and will move back with his wife, Joanne, a Senior Policy Associate at Tearfund, and their three daughters. He succeeds the Ven. Peggy Jackson, who has held the office since 2009 and is to retire at the end of July. She was ordained deacon in 1987 and priest in 1994, and has served her ministry in Derby, St Albans, and Southwark dioceses before moving to Wales.


Swansea to Monmouth

THE next Archdeacon of Monmouth, and Diocesan Director of Ministry and Discipleship, is to be the Revd Ian Rees, Rector of Central Swansea, in Swansea & Brecon diocese, since 2016, Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations since 2018, and Canon Residentiary of Brecon Cathedral since 2017. Canon Rees was ordained priest in 2001 and served in Llandaff diocese before moving to Swansea & Brecon in 2010. He also served as Bishop’s Officer for Lay Ministry, from 2014 to 2018. He succeeds the Ven. Ambrose Mason, who retired on 12 March (Gazette, 8 January). He is to be licensed on 20 June.


BARTER. The Revd Susan Barter, Assistant Curate (Associate Minister) of Ward End with Bordesley Green (Birmingham), now Chaplain to Whiteley Village, Walton-on-Thames, in the Whiteley Homes Trust (Guildford).

BRIDGE. The Revd Sheila Bridge, Vicar of St Peter and St John, Rugby, to be Assistant Curate (Associate Minister) of the Heart of England Benefice, with primary responsibility for St Matthew’s, Salford Priors (Coventry).

CUDBY. The Revd Paul Cudby, Vicar of Tanworth (Birmingham), now Vicar of Woodburn Green (Oxford).

FIRBANK. The Revd Dr Michael Firbank, Vicar of Gresley, now also Acting Area Dean of Mercia (Derby).

GOODRICH. The Revd Nancy Goodrich, Vicar of Bolton-Le-Sands, and Area Dean of Tunstall (Blackburn), to be Vicar of Bollington (Chester).

GWYN-THOMAS. The Revd James Gwyn-Thomas, Priest-in-Charge of Buckshaw Village Church Conventional District (Blackburn), to be Rector of Kirklington, with Burneston and Wath and Pickhill (Leeds).

HANDLEY. The Revd Timothy Handley, Priest-in-Charge of St James Garlickhythe with St Michael Queenhithe and Holy Trinity-The-Less, London (London), to be Vicar.

HILL. The Revd Christopher Hill, Rector of St Mary with St Richard, Northolt (London), to be Diocesan Mission Trainer (Winchester).

HOUGH. The Revd Dr Adrian Hough, NS Assistant Curate (Associate Priest) in the Broadclyst, Clyst Honiton, Pinhoe, Rockbeare and Sowton Team Ministry, now NS Assistant Curate (Associate Priest) of Pinhoe with Poltimore (Exeter).

LANE. The Revd Bernard Lane, Team Vicar in the Broadclyst, Clyst Honiton, Pinhoe, Rockbeare and Sowton Team Ministry, now Team Vicar in the Clyst and Whimple Team Ministry (Broadclyst, Clyst Honiton, Clyst Hydon, Clyst Saint Lawrence, Rockbeare, Sowton, Talaton and Whimple) (Exeter).

LOXTON. The Revd Susan Loxton, Rural Dean of Hartismere and of Hoxne, now Rural Dean of Hartismere and Hoxne, remaining Rector of the Sancroft Benefice, and Hon. Canon of St Edmundsbury Cathedral (St Edmundsbury & Ipswich).

OEHRING. The Revd Alexander Oehring, Assistant Curate of St Mary’s, Walton-on-Thames (Guildford), to be Rector of Colne (Blackburn).

POWELL. The Revd Carolyne Powell, Assistant Curate of St George’s, Coventry, now Assistant Curate of Allesley Park and Whoberley (Coventry).

ROBERTS. The Revd Neil Roberts, Chaplain of Repton School (Derby), to be Rector of St Nicolas’s, Guildford (Guildford).

SHORT. The Revd Stephen Short, Rector of Melbourne, Ticknall, Smisby and Stanton By Bridge, now also Assistant Acting Area Dean of Mercia (Derby).

SMITH. The Revd Philip Smith, formerly Team Vicar in the West Cheltenham Team Ministry (Gloucester), now Team Vicar in the South Chilterns Team Ministry (Oxford).

TELEN. The Revd Salvador Telen, part-time Vicar of St Saviour’s, Walthamstow, to be also part-time Priest-in-Charge of St Barnabas and St James the Great, Walthamstow (Chelmsford).



HENDERSON-MERRYGOLD. Dr Jo Henderson-Merrygold to be Diocesan Lay Ministries Development Officer, Warden of Readers (Derby).

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