Mark Pendlington has been appointed the new Chairman of the Diocesan Board of Finance.
Thursday 10th May 2018
Bishop Martin is delighted to have appointed Mark Pendlington, Anglian Water’s Group Director of Corporate Affairs, as the new Chairman of the Church of England’s Board of Finance.
Mark holds many other key voluntary roles; including chairing the Lord Lieutenant’s “Flourish” programme, that seeks to tackle hidden deprivation in Suffolk, and of which the diocese is playing a lead role. He is also Chair of Governors at Easton and Otley College; a trustee of The Prince’s Countryside Fund; a trustee of the British Racing School; and a board member at the University of Suffolk. During his career, roles have included heading up a team for a former cabinet minister, the late Cecil Parkinson, and he was chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for five years.
Mr Pendlington’s experience of leading businesses at both a national and international level, and his knowledge of Suffolk, will be pivotal to enabling the organisation to fulfil it’s vision to grow in God. Being an innovative catalyst for change in the community will be high on Mark’s agenda and he sees one of his top priorities as helping encourage the church to be even more confident in the leading role it plays in involving and inspiring people and communities across Suffolk.
Bishop Martin says "I am thoroughly looking forward to working closely with Mark as we help all our churches make a difference for good and very pleased that we have someone in this key role who cares deeply for our county and the Church, sees the ‘big picture’ and has immense experience in helping organisations to work well. I know that Anna Hughes, our Diocesan Secretary, shares these feelings and is already appreciative of Mark’s thoughtful and considered approach and the external perspective that he brings that will help us reap the benefits of our work. I am sure that there will be plenty of opportunities for you to discover more about Mark and get to know him better in the coming months".
Mr Pendlington, who took up his new role within the last few days, said: “One of my top priorities is to help encourage the church to be even more confident in the leading role it plays in involving and inspiring people and communities across Suffolk. The Church is the largest voluntary organisation in the county. We have people of all ages, talents, ideas and expertise working with us and supporting us, day in, and day out; and I hope we can do even better at utilising all that experience as we lead by example".