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Patrick Locke CBE

The Church Commissioners and their staff are mourning the recent death of Patrick Locke CBE, their Secretary between 1992 and 1998. 

Patrick was born in 1934, and educated at Bristol Cathedral School and, following National Service, Wadham College, Oxford. He joined the staff of the Church Commissioners direct from university in 1957. 

He became their Secretary in 1992, leading them through a particularly difficult period of rebalancing their entire portfolio following serious losses on commercial property investments. 

Andrew Brown FRICS, the Church Commissioners' current Secretary, said:  "Patrick served the Church Commissioners with distinction for all of his career. He was a man of integrity who helped the Commissioners navigate a very difficult path during the 1990s with clarity. He taught me a lot, for which I will remain very grateful. He will be sorely missed." 

Patrick was appointed CBE on his retirement as Secretary in 1998 after more than 40 years' service. He became a Governor of Pusey House, Oxford in 1999. He was also a Trustee of the Pollen Estate 1991-2008, becoming its Chairman in 2002. 

Patrick's funeral will take place at Holy Trinity Church, Winchester. He is survived by his widow, Iris, whom he married in 1959, and their son and daughter.