Seasoned Charity Chief Appointed Diocesan Secretary
29th July 2021
The Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, has appointed Mr David White to the post of Diocesan Secretary of the Diocese of St Albans. The Diocesan Secretary is the Chief Officer of the Diocese which includes 400 churches served by 275 clergy, 241 lay ministers and myriads of volunteers in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Luton and part of Barnet.
David, who lives in Hitchin, has had a distinguished career serving health, development and church organisations, lately acting as Chief Operating Officer of the Anglican Communion Office.
He has also served as a charity trustee in a variety of charities large and small, so understands the charity sector from different viewpoints.
David was selected after a rigorous selection process and brings proven leadership, management, governance and people skills to the post.
Speaking about the appointment, the Bishop of St Albans said: “David is a worthy successor to Canon Susan Pope, who retires in September. I am confident that we have found someone who will have empathy with parishes, churches and chaplaincies at the same time as having the strength to lead change in these challenging times. He will assist us in our commitment to love and serve the communities in Christ’s service.”
Colin Bird, who chairs the Diocesan Board of Finance, the trustee body of the Diocese added: “I ask parishes to join me in extending a warm welcome to David. He has a warm presence as well as transmitting a clear sense of purposefulness. I know he will quickly gain the trust of clergy, churchwardens, parish treasurers, and all those he comes into contact with, in our parishes. His skills and experience are an extremely good fit for the person we sought and we are indeed fortunate in that.”
David also worships in a church in the diocese with his wife and young family. He said: “I am delighted to be appointed to serve the Diocese of St Albans at this important time of challenge and opportunity. I very much look forward to joining a most impressive team and to contributing to the vision of Living God’s Love across all parishes and schools and to all the people of the diocese. St Albans is my diocese and I look forward to getting to know it even more as I serve.”
David and his wife Helen have been leaders of Christian summer camps and houseparties for 25 years and are also leaders with young people in their parish. David has completed many long-distance walks using the annual Easter pilgrimage to the Cathedral as a “short training session”.