The Lord Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith has appointed Lyndsey de Mestre, QC to be Diocesan Chancellor.
The Chancellor is the judge of the consistory court of the diocese, which rules on matters of ecclesiastical law in the diocese, chiefly changes to church buildings.
Welcoming Chancellor de Mestre to her new post, the Bishop said:
“In the Diocese of St Albans, we have been hugely fortunate to be served by a number of outstanding lawyers over recent decades. With her standing as a QC and as a lawyer of great capability, she will take her place in that line, bringing her experience and skill to support us in our mission and ministry.”
Chancellor de Mestre said: ” I am delighted to be taking up this independent judicial role. My experience as Deputy Chancellor in the Diocese has taught me a great deal about the Church of England’s responsibilities as caretaker for some of the nation’s most important historic and architectural heritage and I feel privileged to have been called to use my professional skills in the service of the Church in the Diocese of St Albans. I am hugely grateful to the outgoing Chancellor, His Honour Roger Kaye QC, who has enabled me to observe a thoughtful, fair and disciplined approach to the faculty jurisdiction and I hope to bring my own experiences and skill-set to the role on the back of that learning to further encourage parishes in imaginative and appropriate use of their church buildings.”
Chancellor de Mestre will be welcomed and commissioned at a service of evensong at St Albans Cathedral on 9th February 2019.