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Finance Chair to Stand Down

by glynch — last modified 21 Sep, 2015 12:06 PM

Bishop thanks Gil Williams for a decade of work with below inflation budget increases and lowest share in the C of E

Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance, Gil Williams, is to stand down with effect from 7 November 2015. 

Gil was co-opted on to Bishop’s Council in April 2005 and elected Chairman of the DBF in September 2006. Under his chairmanship the Diocesan finances have been exceptionally well run. This is reflected in a 99.2% Fair Share collection rate for 2014, and a series of well managed budgets amounting to increases less than half the rate of inflation over the course of a decade and culminating in a zero budget increase for 2016. The Diocese currently has the lowest share in the C of E.

Gil has also given significant time and energy to working with parishes directly, ensuring that finances serve mission, and supporting mission initiatives like Energising Local Ministry and the 20 Group. Mission is a particular priority for Gil. He said, “Over £3 million was raised by parishes for mission into communities last year - had budgets and finances not been in good order, that would never have happened.”

Gil was awarded the Aldhem Cross for services to the Diocese in May 2015.

In a letter to members of the Finance Committee today, Bishop Nicholas said, “Gil is outstanding in the amount of parish visiting that he does and the speed and efficiency of dealing with often quite complex enquiries.  He has contributed significantly to the development of strategic direction within this diocese as well as to the national conversations in the Church of England.  I am extremely grateful to him.

“It is hard to overstate the significance of Gil standing down from this role and there will be an opportunity to thank Gil at the Diocesan Synod on Saturday 7 November.  At that meeting we will need to elect a new chairman.  I am pleased that Nigel Salisbury, who joined the Finance Committee, Bishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod earlier in the year, is willing to stand.”

If anyone wishes to contribute to a leaving gift for Gil please send a cheque made out to Salisbury DBF with ‘Gil Williams leaving gift’ on the back of the cheque to Phil Musselwhite, Diocesan Accountant, Church House, Crane Street, Salisbury SP1 2QB.

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