The Church Commissioners

The Church Commissioners at 1 April 2014

Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury (Chair) biog

Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York biog

Appointed by Her Majesty

Andreas Whittam Smith, First Church Estates Commissioner biog

Sir Tony Baldry MP, Second Church Estates Commissioner biog

Appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury

Andrew Mackie, Third Church Estates Commissioner biog

Elected by the General Synod:

House of Bishops

Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres, Bishop of London (Acting Chair) biog

Rt Revd David Walker, Bishop of Manchester biog

Rt Revd Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol biog

Rt Revd Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester biog

House of Clergy

The Revd Canon Bob Baker biog

The Revd Amanda Fairclough biog

The Revd Stephen Trott biog

House of Laity

April Alexander biog

Canon Peter Bruinvels biog

Sally Muggeridge biog

Jacob Vince biog

Elected by the deans

Very Revd Jonathan Greener, Dean of Wakefield biog

Very Revd John Clarke, Dean of Wells biog

Nominated by Her Majesty

Harry Hart biog

Ian Watmore biog

John Wythe biog

Nominated by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York

Simon Picken QC biog

Jeremy Clack biog

Mark Woolley biog

Hywel Rees-Jones biog

Poppy Allonby biog

Graham Oldroyd biog

Ex Officio

The First Lord of the Treasury

The Lord President of the Council

The Lord Chancellor

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The Speaker of the House of Commons

The Speaker of the House of Lords

Governors' biographies

Justin Welby
WelbyArchbishop of Canterbury and ex officio Commissioner from 2013.  Former oil industry executive; ordained in 1992; curacy and incumbencies in Coventry diocese 1992-2002; Residentiary Canon at Coventry Cathedral 2002-05 and Sub Dean 2005-07; Dean of Liverpool Cathedral 2007-11; Bishop of Durham 2011-13.  Expert in the politics and history of Kenya and Nigeria, Archbishop Justin has done extensive reconciliation work, most notably in Africa.  Member of Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards.
Chair, Church Commissioners

John Sentamu
Archbishop of York and ex-officio Commissioner from 2005. Ordained 1979; curacy/incumbencies at Herne Hill, Tulse Hill and Brixton (Southwark) 1979-96; Bishop of Stepney 1996-2002; Bishop of Birmingham 2002-05.  Member, General Synod 1985-96 and again from 2002. Served on the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry 1997-99 and the Damilola Taylor Murder Investigation Review 2002.

Andreas Whittam Smith
Whittam Smith
First Church Estates Commissioner from 2002. Former city editor of the Guardian and Daily Telegraph, co-founder of the Independent 1986 and editor to 1993. Director, Independent News and Media (UK); President of the British Board of Film Classification 1997-2002; chair Financial Ombudsman Service 1999-2003; vice-president National Council for One Parent Families.
Board, chair Assets Committee

Caroline Spelman (Website)
Caroline Spelman (2)
Second Church Estates Commissioner from 2015. Caroline Spelman has held a number of leading parliamentary posts, including from 2010-12 Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. She has also been Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Shadow Minister for Women, Chairman of the Conservative Party, and Shadow Office of the Deputy Prime Minister/Communities and Local Government. She has also been a member of a number of Parliamentary committees, including the Environmental Audit Select Committee and Joint Committee on the Draft Modern Slavery Bill. She has represented the Parliamentary constituency of Meriden since 1997 which is in both the Birmingham and Coventry dioceses. Caroline is a former agriculture specialist, holds a BA in European studies from Queen Mary College London, is Vice Chair of Tearfund and Patron of Welcome, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity. A committed and lifelong Anglican, she worships at Knowle Parish Church in her constituency. 
Board and entitled to attend and speak at any committee

Andrew Mackie
MackieThird Church Estates Commissioner since 1 January 2013.  Director of Legal Services and General Counsel for Oxford University since December 2012.  Andrew began his career in the corporate development department at  Unilever before training as a lawyer.  He was a corporate partner in the New York, Hong Kong and London offices of the international law firm Linklaters LLP before taking up his current roles.   He has significant professional experience of a variety of industry sectors, particularly energy and financial services.
Board, Chair of Bishoprics & Cathedrals, Church Buildings (Uses & Disposals) and Pastoral Committees.

Richard Chartres
ChartresBishop of London. Commissioner from 1999. Ordained 1973, chaplain to Robert Runcie as Bishop of St Albans 1975-80 and Archbishop of Canterbury 1980-84, vicar St Stephen's Rochester Row and London diocesan director of ordinands 1985-92, Gresham professor of divinity 1986-92, Bishop of Stepney 1992-95. Dean of HM Chapels Royal and Privy Counsellor, chair of church heritage forum and founder St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation & Peace.
Acting Chair of the Commissioners' Board of Governors

David Walker
WalkerBishop of Manchester. Commissioner from 2014. After research work in Pure Mathematics, spent 17 years in parish ministry and industrial chaplaincy in Sheffield Diocese. Bishop of Dudley 2000-13. Former vice chair of Church of England Pensions Board. Engaged in statistical research and Social Housing. Lead bishop for Religious Communities.
Board and Pastoral Committee

Mike Hill
HillBishop of Bristol. Commissioner from 2007. Early career in industry, ordained 1977, served in Canterbury and Oxford dioceses, Archdeacon of Berkshire 1992-98, Bishop of Buckingham 1998-2003.
Board and Assets Committee

Martin Warner
WarnerBishop of Chichester.  Commissioner from 2014. Ordained deacon (1984) and priest (1985).  After a curacy in Plymouth, moved north to the Midlands in 1988 to be Team Vicar for five years in the Parish of the Resurrection, Leicester before being elected to be the Priest Administrator of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham between 1993-2002 and also priest in charge of Hempton and Pudding Norton between 1998-2000. Appointed Honorary Canon of Norwich between 2000-2002.  Then appointed as a residentiary Canon of St Paul's Cathedral in London.  Elected as suffragan Bishop of Whitby in 2010 and translated to Chichester in 2012.
Board and Bishoprics & Cathedrals Committee

Bob Baker
BakerTeam rector, Thetford (Norwich diocese). Commissioner from 2009 and previously 1992-2000.  General Synod member from 1985 to 2005 and Prolocutor (Convocation of Canterbury) from 2000 - 2005. Member of Church Heritage Forum from 2001 and Archbishops' Council 2001-05.
Board, Church Buildings (Uses & Disposals) and Pastoral committees

Amanda Fairclough

FaircloughCommissioner from 2014. Non-Stipendiary Curate St Margaret and All Hallows, Orford, Warrington, Liverpool diocese. General Synod member from 2013. Ordained 2010. Previously licensed lay minister in Dovecot, Liverpool. Chartered accountant since 1992. Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). ICAEW Technical Advisory Committee since 2010.
Board and Assets Committee

Stephen Trott
TrottCommissioner from 1997. Ordained 1984, Curacies in Hull (York diocese) 1984-88, Rector of Pitsford with Boughton from 1988, diocese of Peterborough. CME Secretary 1988-93. Chair of Church Buildings Committee, member of Bishop's Council and DBF. General Synod member from 1995, Synodical Secretary of Convocation of Canterbury from 2010. Member of Ecclesiastical Law Society. Writer on theology and canon law
Board, deputy chair Church Buildings (Uses & Disposals) Committee

April Alexander
Commissioner from 2009. Head of industry learning for the Pensions Regulator 2005-2009 and an executive director of its predecessor body, the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority1999-2005. Financial services industry from 1984. Financial Services Authority and predecessor body 1992-99. General Synod from 2000. Trustee Church of England Pensions Board 2003-2009. Lay chair Southwark diocesan synod 1997-2006.
Board, Church Buildings (Uses & Disposals) and Audit & Risk Committees

Peter Bruinvels
Public affairs, community engagement and media management. Commissioner from 1992. Trained as a lawyer, MP for Leicester East 1983-87, many voluntary roles including member of General Synod from 1985, dioceses commission (1991-96), acting chair of legislative committee (1991-96 and 2000 to date) and formerly clergy discipline review group (1999 to 2010), GS Board of Education and Dearing Commission 1996-2006, lay canon Guildford cathedral, Civilian-Military Liaison Adviser to Surrey County Council and Regional Fundraiser ABF the Soldiers' Charity, member of Cathedrals Fabric Commission since 2005.  Vice President of Guildford Diocesan Synod 2003-2012. Ofsted Church Schools inspector from 1994, independent lay chair NHS complaints tribunal 1999-2004.
Board, Assets Committee and Deputy Chair Pastoral Committee

Sally Muggeridge
MuggeridgeCommissioner from 2014. Senior Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Communications, Broadcasting. International corporate career includes Mars, Mothercare, BT, Cable & Wireless, Pearson plc. CEO of Industry & Parliament Trust 2003-2010.  Currently Non-exec Board member Total Upstream UK Ltd.  Early career as actor, trained at GSM&D. Several Trustee roles incl  Foundation for Church Leadership, Tutu Foundation UK, Pearson Group Pensions, Marketors Trust. Licensed Reader (Degree in Theology), BA (Hons) English, MBA. Int. President Malcolm Muggeridge Society. Publisher and contributor to several religious books. Church Warden. Foundation Governor CofE school. Member of Council of Univ. of Kent 2006-12.  Master, Marketors Livery Company 2013-14. Fellow CIM, CIPD, RSA, IPT and IOD. General Synod from 2010.
Board, Church Buildings (Uses & Disposals) Committee.

Jacob Vince
Following a successful career as a Director of a Chartered Surveying practice, Jacob changed in 2010 to work in the Charity sector as Chief Executive of an interdenominational Christian charity with a focus on Jewish/Christian relations. Church Commissioner since 2009. General Synod member from 2005 and former member of its Church Buildings Council. Served on Church Commissioners' Church Buildings (Uses and Disposals) Committee for two years. Church Warden for six years. Member of Bishop's Council (Chichester). Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Leader.
Board, Bishoprics & Cathedrals Committee

Jonathan Greener
GreenerDean of Wakefield.  Commissioner from 2011.  Early career in industry.  Ordained 1991; curacy in Southwark (1991-94); Bishop's Domestic Chaplain in Truro (1994-96); Vicar in Chichester (1996-2003); Archdeacon of Pontefract Wakefield diocese) 2003-07.  Dean of Wakefield since 2007.
Board, Bishoprics & Cathedrals and Pastoral Committees.


John Clarke
CarkeDean of Wells.  Commissioner from 2011.  Ordained 1976; curacy in Newcastle (1976-79); Precentor St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth (1979-82); Advisor to general Synod of Scottish Episcopal Church (1982-87); Philip Usher scholarship, Greece (1987-88); Vicar in Southwark (1989-96), Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon (1997-2004); Dean of Wells since 2004.
Board, Bishoprics & Cathedrals Committee

Harry Hart
HartCommissioner from 2011.  Founder and Managing Partner of Melford Capital (2002- ), a private equity real estate firm focused on special situations and turnaround opportunities in the London economy.  Formerly co-Founder and Director of Gilbran Group Ltd (1996-2002); a co-Founder and Director of Arcadia Land Plc (1991-1996) and an Investment Agent at Hart Lockhart Smith (1989-1991).
Board, Assets Committee


Ian Watmore
WatmoreCommissioner from 2014.  MA in mathematics and management, Trinity College Cambridge and Honorary Doctorate from University of Westminster. Ian worked from 1980 to 2004 for Accenture, starting as an IT and management consultant, becoming a partner in 1990 and UK Managing Partner/Director from 2000 to 2004.  He worked for seven of the next eight years in the Civil Service, holding three different Permanent Secretary posts under three Prime Ministers, first at the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit in No 10, then at the Department now known as Business, Innovation and Skills, and latterly at the Cabinet Office. He was also the Group Chief Executive at the Football Association from 2009 to 2010. He now supports his wife in her curacy of two parishes in the Diocese of Chester and has a portfolio of roles including Chair and Trustee of the Migraine Trust and Board positions at the English Institute of Sport, ER 2015 (the organisation organising the Rugby World Cup in England in 2015), and the Information Commissioner's Office.
Board, Church Buildings (Uses & Disposals) Committee

John Wythe
WytheCommissioner from 2007.  Previously Board member of Prudential's property investment management subsidiary (PRUPIM) until 2010 where he was Head of Fund Management and Chairman of PRUPIM's Investment Committees in London and Singapore. Since then he has been appointed to serve on Boards or Committees for Norges Bank, Prudential/M&G, CBRE Global Investors, DTZ, Portman Estate and Pollen Estate and is a Trustee of Sue Ryder. John has a degree in Estate Management from Reading University and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. 
Board, Assets Committee.

Simon Picken
PickenQC Commissioner from 2013.  Called to the Bar in 1989 and taking silk in 2006, Simon is a very experienced advocate. His practice, at 7 King's Bench Walk in the Temple, covers a wide spectrum of commercial law, involving all types of contractual disputes with a special emphasis on insurance/reinsurance disputes, international arbitration, energy, professional negligence, banking and shipping.  In addition to his practice at the Bar, Simon sits as a part-time judge in the Crown Court and the County Court, as well as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Queen's Bench Division (both general and in the Administrative Court). He has also previously sat as a Chairman of Bar Disciplinary Tribunals.  Queen's Counsel for the Welsh Assembly Government in relation to commercial matters. He is also co-author of a leading insurance law textbook, Good Faith and Insurance Contracts.
Board, Pastoral Committee

Jeremy Clack
ClackActuary Commissioner from 2012.  Senior Consultant at Towers Watson Ltd since 2003 advising companies and pension trustees on scheme funding and valuations among other things.  Fellow of Institute and Faculty of Actuaries since 2007.  Chair of Trustees of Keeping Health In Mind, a small charity in Coventry and Warwickshire focussed on reducing stigma associated with mental health issues within faith communities, and formerly a Trustee and treasurer of CPAS.  Married with one baby daughter.
Board, Audit & Risk Committee and Commissioners' nominated member of Church of England Pensions Board

Mark Woolley
WoolleyCommissioner from 2013.  Managing Director and London-based member of the Absolute Return Strategies Manager Research group at BlackRock. He is a portfolio manager responsible for managing commingled funds and custom solutions for institutional clients and oversees the sourcing, performance of due diligence on and monitoring of alternative investment managers across the European and Asian regions. His service with the firm dates back over twelve years, including serving as a US-based research analyst before leading the European due diligence activities and most recently he spent several years in Asia where he established the Hong Kong-based office for the group.  Mark earned a BA degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Washington.
Board, Assets Committee.

Hywel Rees-Jones
ReesJonesCommissioner from 2009.  Managing Director with CDC, which supports economic growth by investing in funds and businesses in emerging markets, he has been responsible for debt, microfinance and global sector funds.  In his investment career he has worked in Nigeria, Tanzania, Egypt and Thailand as well as the UK.  Churchwarden in his local parish church.
Board, chair of Audit & Risk Committee

Poppy Allonby
AllonbyCommissioner from 2014.  Poppy is Managing Director at BlackRock Management (UK) Ltd.  She is a member of BlackRock's Natural Resources Equities team and is responsible for the firm's Energy and New Energy funds (including BGF World Energy, BGF New Energy and BlackRock Energy & Resources Trust).  Her service with the firm dates back to 2000, including her years at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers.  Prior to joining the Natural Resources team she was an Analyst on the US Equity team, responsible for Basic Materials, Utilities and Energy sectors.  Poppy earned a BSc in physics from Imperial College of Science and Technology.
Board and Assets Committee.

Graham Oldroyd
OldroydCommissioner from 2014.  Portfolio Chairman and Non-Executive Director, multiple sectors.  Previously Partner at European Private Equity Fund Manager, Bridgepoint, 1990-2013.  Graham has a degree in Engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD Business School, France.  He is a Chartered Engineer, member of the Fédération Européenne d'Associations Nationales d'Ingénieurs, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.  He is a Member of the MBA Programme Advisory Board for Durham University Business School, and a visiting lecturer in private equity at Durham University Business School and INSEAD Business School.
Board and Assets Committee

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