#MondayMeet – Emily Shepherd, Director of Communications

ES workmode Cathedral (1280x831)Throughout 2015, we will be running #MondayMeet, where Diocesan colleagues introduce themselves and share a flavour of their work. Since responsibility for social media falls under my remit as Director of Communications, I feel honour bound to kick off!

Like words running through a stick of rock, communications is central to the work of the Diocese and that means my work is gloriously varied. Tasks include acting as a press officer for the Bishop of Dover and Archbishop when he is in Canterbury, editing the Diocesan magazine, Outlook, helping parishes improve their communications, sharing good news stories with the media, ensuring ministers and lay volunteers in churches receive the information they need for their ministry and supporting parishes when handling difficult issues. With my very able team we compile the ebulletin, keep the resource rich website up to date  and manage the online directory, handle the collection of church statistics plus provide IT support to our colleagues. I also work as the Deputy Diocesan Secretary, assisting Julian Hills in ensuring the smooth running of the Diocese, including staff, money and resources.

I feel very fortunate that through my work I meet extraordinary people with extraordinary stories of faith – it is the small acts carried out by members and leaders of local churches that have the power to transform lives – providing support to parishes so they can reach out like this, keeps me motivated.

If you would like to discuss any communications issue with me, please do call 01227 459401 or email eshepherd@diocant.org