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Introducing New Trustees

8th November 2017


Introducing New Trustees

The Bishop and Diocese are pleased to announce the appointment of four new Lay Non-Executive Directors to the Diocese of Leeds Trustee.

Pictured [L-R] are:

Mark Gargan, a parishioner at St Joseph's, Bilton, Harrogate.  Currently Designated Civil Judge for Durham and South Cleveland, he has worked as a Circuit Judge hearing both Criminal and Civil cases and as a Deputy High Court Judge.

From the Keighley parish of St Joseph's, and with a MA in Religious Education and Catechesis, mother of six Anne Miller qualified first in teaching and then as a Chartered Accountant.  She now specialises in forensic accountancy. 

Paul Rogerson is on the Board of Governors of Leeds Trinity University.  A father of six, he has worked as a barrister, a Law lecturer at Leeds University and in the United States, and is a former Chief Executive of Leeds City Council.  He worships at Leeds Cathedral.

From the Parish of Sacred Heart & St William, Uppermill, Michael Booth is a Chartered Surveyor who has worked for many years in business and management as a freelance property consultant.  He has now retrained to specialise in building conservation and heritage and his interests include choral and chamber music.

The new Lay Directors join Bishop Marcus (Chair), Vicar General Mgr Paul Fisher, and Mgr Andrew Summersgill on the Board. 

In line with contemporary Corporate Governance practice and expectations, Lay Board members serve a possible maximum of nine years.  Directors are appointed initially for a three year term of office, with a potential second term of three years, subject to a review by the Chair, with a potential third and final term of office to be determined by the Chair after a further thorough review.

The role of Lay Directors is to provide guidance in a Non-Executive capacity.  They are not involved in the day-to-day running of the Diocese but rather to provide strategic advice on policy making and planning.

To ensure a transparent recruitment process, the voluntary Non-Executive Director roles were advertised only in Parish bulletins throughout the Diocese of Leeds.  A total of thirty excellent candidates possessing the required skillsets in Governance, Finance, Legal, HR, Education, Property or Safeguarding responded to the advertisement and all were interviewed.

The high calibre of the applicants was testament to the talent, expertise and goodwill of the laity in our Diocese and we are developing an initiative for some of these specialist individuals to work with the Curia and the Board as an advisory group or 'Think Tank'.