New Chair of Finance Elected

by Gerry Lynch last modified 16 Nov, 2015 10:02 AM

Nigel Salisbury takes over reins

New Chair of Finance Elected

Nigel with Diocesan Secretary, Lucinda Herklots

Nigel Salisbury has been unanimously elected by Diocesan Synod as the new Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance, succeeding Gil Williams who has recently retired after 10 years sterling service.

Nigel has worked in the insurance and risk business for the last 32 years, with a particular focus on property, financial and professional risks. Nigel currently works as a Director at PIB, a new independent insurance broker with offices around the UK from London to Scotland.

Baptised into the Church of Scotland where his maternal grandfather was a minister, Nigel's paternal family roots lie deep in the West Country, mainly in Dorset, and today he worships at Salisbury Cathedral where he is a steward and an active member of the Cathedral Friends.

Speaking after his election, Nigel Salisbury said, “The main purpose of the Finance Committee is to ensure that resources are available for Mission and Ministry.

“Our finances are currently in a strong position and the rigorous financial management and budgeting process inherited from Gil would be the envy of many a large corporate. But we also have challenges ahead with ageing and declining church membership.  

"What inspires me is the simple vision to maintain a Christian presence in every community. To do this we need to be active, we need to learn to do some things differently, and we need to invest in the next generation - whether that is our younger parishioners, the students and pupils at our schools, or our clergy. 

"Bishop Nicholas's call to action Renewing Hope - Pray, Serve, Grow sets out exciting and ambitious plans for vocations and growth. I'm very much looking forward to playing a small part within the highly talented, dedicated and inspiring team we have in Church House and across the Diocese to help bring this about. 

“If there are people in the Diocese with talents they would be willing to use for the benefit of the Finance Committee, please contact me via Church House.”

As a “thank you” for Gil Williams work, the Diocesan Board of Finance will be making a contribution to Lepra, which works around the world to combat leprosy and prejudice towards those who suffer from it. This has been a cause close to Gil’s heart since his early life in India. Please make any donations to the Diocesan Accountant via Church House.

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