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New Chair for Southwark Diocesan Advisory Committee

7 months, 2 weeks ago

The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, the Bishop of Southwark, has appointed Philip Fletcher CBE as the new Chair of the Southwark Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC), the body which helps the Diocese to care for the fabric of the churches. He succeeds Paul Parkinson who has stepped down after serving as Chair for the last five years.

Philip Fletcher brings a great deal of experience to his new role having worked as a civil servant from 1968 to 2000. He was Director General (2000-2006) and then Chairman (2006-2012) of the Water Services Regulation Authority (OFWAT). In 2010 he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education as a founder Board member of Ofqual, the regulator of qualifications and examinations, and then reappointed for a second term, ending in 2016. He chaired the regulator’s Audit and Risk Committee. He became a Governor of Canterbury Christ Church University in September 2017 and is now Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee.

Philip has been a Reader at St Andrew & St Michael, Stockwell since 1979 and served a maximum term as an appointed member of the Archbishops’ Council between 2006 and 2016. He was Chair of its Mission and Public Affairs Council for the last 5 years of that period. He remains a member of the national Environment Working Group of the CofE. The Archbishop of Canterbury recognised his service with the Alphege Award for Evangelism and Witness. He is now a trustee of the Church Urban Fund (CUF).

Commenting on his appointment Philip Fletcher says, ‘I am delighted to take this exciting new role working with our churches as we seek to ensure that they are fit for mission and worship in the 21st Century. There is so much that we can do whilst ensuring that we preserve all that is best in them whist looking at the best way to develop them for the new challenges of mission today.   It is really important to that we are as environmentally friendly as possible in all we do. 

Bishop Christopher comments, ‘I would like to thank Paul Parkinson for all he has done as Chair of the DAC. I am pleased that Philip Fletcher has accepted my invitation to succeed him as he brings a wealth of church related and professional experience which will help the Diocese to make the most of our church buildings now and in the future. He will help us to ensure that our churches are ready to meet the challenges of mission and ministry in our communities in the coming years’.