Sally Muggeridge elected as Church Commissioner

Ms Sally Muggeridge, a Churchwarden at St Andrew’s Tilmanstone in Canterbury Diocese and a Board member of Total Oil, has been elected as a Church Commissioner for the Church of England.

An election within the laity of General Synod took place in December 2013 to choose four Church Commissioners to serve for a new five year term with effect from 1st January 2014.

With twelve candidates standing, the laity of Synod re-elected three of the existing Commissioners for a further term: Canon Peter Bruinvels (Guildford), April Alexander (Southwark) and Jacob Vince (Chichester).  A new Commissioner was also elected – Sally Muggeridge, a lay member of Synod representing Canterbury Diocese. Sally is Churchwarden of St Andrew’s,Tilmanstone and is also licensed by the Diocese as a Reader.

Sally brings extensive business experience to the role. She is on the Board of Total Oil and has previously held directorships in British Telecom, Cable & Wireless and Pearson. She was Chief Executive of the Industry and Parliament Trust for many years and is currently Master of the Worshipful Company of Marketors in the City of London.

Sally commented: “I am delighted that my background and considerable experience in business found appeal with lay members of Synod to secure my election. It was also gratifying to see two women elected out of the four successful candidates as the Church Commissioners have traditionally been very male dominated. I look forward to contributing to the efficient management of the Church of England’s assets whilst maintaining a strong ethical and mission-focused stance.”

The Church Commissioners’ main task is to form the Board of Governors which manages the assets of a charitable investment fund valued at some £5.5 billion. This provides the essential annual income to meet a number of costs that regularly fall on the Church of England.

Financially it helps to support the mission and ministry in parishes, particularly those in areas of need and opportunity. It also meets clergy pensions for service before 1998 and various other legal commitments such as those in relation to bishops and cathedrals, the administration of pastoral reorganisation, and deciding the future of churches which have been closed for worship.

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For further Information: Emily Shepherd, Director of Communications, Canterbury Diocese – 07876 210 446 or eshepherd@diocant.org

Photo attached show: Sally Muggeridge

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