Media Centre

Director of Communications announced

Peter Crumpler, currently Communications Officer for the Diocese of St Albans, is to be the new Director of Communications for the Archbishops' Council and General Synod of the Church of England.

Peter joined St Albans diocese in August 2001, after more than 20 years in public relations for the energy industry. He worked at senior levels in British Gas plc and its successor companies, holding posts including Head of Communications for BG Group plc and Head of External Affairs, International, for BG plc.

He oversaw the communications for operations in the UK and more than 20 overseas countries, and led the introduction of BG's Statement of Business Principles that set out the company's ethical framework.

In St Albans, he has developed the diocese's external and internal communications and handled high-profile projects including the churches' response to the Potters Bar rail crash in May 2002 and the services to mark the first anniversary.

Peter Crumpler, who is 47, was selected from nearly 70 applicants for the advertised post. The appointment follows a review of the Church's strategic communications, carried out over the past two years. He will take up the post in May.

Peter, who trained as a journalist and worked in local government public relations before joining British Gas in 1981, said: "I am looking forward to taking on this key role and working with others to develop the Church's communications, both inside the Church and externally."

He chairs the ecumenical Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Churches Media Trust, which he helped to found in 1994, and wrote Keep in Touch!, a practical guide to help churches improve their communications, published by Scripture Union in 1993. He is also an Executive member of the Churches' Media Council.

He has been involved in Christian communications for more than 30 years, beginning with writing for youth magazine, Buzz, in the 1970s.

Peter Crumpler was made a Fellow of the Institute of Public Relations in November 2002, for his work in communications for the energy industry and the Church.

He is married with three children.