New man appointed to lead central diocesan team
A NEW person has been appointed to lead our central diocesan team as Diocesan Secretary.
James Allport will take on the new role from October 8, after a career with the John Lewis Partnership. His appointment was announced by the Bishop of Portsmouth today (July 12).
The father-of-two lives and worships in Chichester, and he helps to lead the children's work in the city's cathedral.
His new role will see him leading the team that supports the work of 139 Church of England parishes in south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight from the diocesan office, based in Peninsular House, near the cross-channel ferry port.
Bishop Christopher Foster said: "I am very pleased to announce that James Allport is to be Diocesan Secretary. Presently manager, Democratic Engagement for the John Lewis Partnership, James emerged from a high calibre field as an outstanding candidate bringing wide experience and great enthusiasm for our work.
"I very much look forward to working closely with him alongside all who contribute to the mission of the gospel across the whole of the diocese. Though his principal responsibility is the leadership and management of the staff who work in and from the diocesan office, he also will have a key role with me and my senior colleagues in the parishes and the communities they serve."
James grew up in North Wales and is married to Chloë, a teacher. They have two sons aged 10 and 7. He will join the diocesan team after 11 years in the John Lewis Partnership where he carried out a succession of operational, personnel and leadership roles.
He said: "I loved working in the partnership, but the chance to lead a talented team in a unique and vibrant diocese was too good to pass up. I am hugely looking forward to getting to know the people and places of the diocese better, and playing my part as we Live, Pray and Serve."
Our last Diocesan Secretary, the Rev Wendy Kennedy, retired in January after 11 years in the post.