The retiring Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Carole Souter, is one of six new canons being admitted to Salisbury Cathedral’s College of Canons at Evensong 17:30 Tuesday 3 May.
All six represent a broad range of expertise and talent from mental health work to law and finance, international aid and even vexillology (science of flags and their symbolism)!
Carole Souter, who is to be admitted as a Lay Canon, has over 30 years’ experience of policy development and operational management in the public sector. With a strong background in health and social security policy, the development of legislation, and cross-departmental planning, her insights will be invaluable as the Cathedral plans for the future.
Joining her as a fellow Lay Canon will be the Diocesan Chancellor, Ruth Arlow. Ruth has been a barrister since 1997 and was awarded a Masters degree in Canon Law from Cardiff University in 2003. She is a member of the Standing Committee of the Ecclesiastical Judges Association and serves the National Church on the Legal Advisory Commission. She has been Case Notes Editor for the Ecclesiastical Law Journal since 2001.
Four Non-Residentiary Canons also being admitted at the same Evensong are The Revd David Baldwin Team Rector in Beaminster, Dorset, The Revd William Ridding of the Blackmore Vale Deanery, The Revd Dr Richard Harper from St Paul’s Weymouth and The Ven Sue Groom, Archdeacon of Wilts.
In October, Loretta Minghella, the current CEO of Christian Aid, will join the Cathedral as a Sarum Canon, an honorary position that recognises the contribution that the individual has made to the national and worldwide church.
Loretta joined Christian Aid in April 2010 after a career in financial regulations. A lawyer by training, she was the first Head of Enforcement Law, Policy and International Co-operation for the Financial Services Authority. Following the financial crisis in 2004 she was Chief Executive of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, in which capacity she oversaw the payment of over £21bn in compensation to victims of bank and other financial failures. In recognition of her contribution in that role, she was awarded the OBE in the New Year's Honours 2010.
Said The Very Revd June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury:
“We wholeheartedly welcome the new Canons. The Cathedral looks to the College of Canons for guidance and insight, and the breadth of experience the Lay Canons and Non-Residentiary Canons bring with them is of great importance to the Cathedral as it stands today and as we keep before us a vision of a sustainable and inspiring future.
“These are people who have made significant contributions to society and as a result bring a great deal of personal depth and compassion, as well as professional skills. The spectrum of insights they offer is extraordinary - from mental health work to ecclesiastical law, the particular issues facing rural communities to ethical investment.
The admission of Loretta Minghella as a Sarum Canon also adds valuable international perspective, reminding us that we are not only a Church with a local remit but part of a global community.”
The College of Canons meets twice a year and its role is to provide feedback to the Cathedral on its activities and to inform the policy decisions of the Chapter, Salisbury Cathedral’s strategic governing body.
THE VEN SUE GROOM (Non-Residentiary Canon)
The Venerable Sue Groom joined the Salisbury Diocese as Archdeacon of Wilts earlier this year after working as a parish priest in Henlow and Langford and as Diocesan Director of Ordinands in the diocese of St Albans.
She has served in various roles in London Diocese, as Vicar of Yiewsley in 2003 and later taking on additional responsibility for locally licensed clergy within small groups of parishes in the Kensington Area. As part of that role, she was also a theological teacher for STETS (Southern Education Training and Education Scheme), based in Salisbury.
Born in Wokingham and brought up in Cheltenham, Sue trained for the ministry at St John’s College, Nottingham from 1994-1996. She has a degree in linguistics; an MPhil in Computer Speech and Language Processing; a Postgraduate Certificate in Adult Education; a DipHE in Christian Life and Ministry; an MA in Aspects of Biblical Interpretation; and an MPhil for ‘Sources for the Investigation of Meaning in the Hebrew Bible’. She is also in the process of completing a DThM (Doctor of Theology and Ministry) with Durham University!
Married to Phil, Sue swims five times a week and she and her husband spend a large proportion of what spare time they have on their narrowboat.
THE REVD DAVID BALDWIN (Non-Residentiary Canon)
Born in Smethwick, The Revd David Baldwin worked in the Health Service for twenty years, seventeen of which were spent working as a dual Registered Nurse in General and Psychiatric practice. He studied Business at The University of Wolverhampton School of Business and held the position of Out Patient Business Manager for The Wolverhampton Acute Hospital Trust for three years.
David studied at Ripon College Cuddesdon for ministry and was Ordained Deacon in Lichfield Diocese in 1995, serving Curacy in the Uttoxeter Area Team Ministry. He became Incumbent of three parishes in North Shropshire and Rural Chaplain in Lichfield Diocese, taking on two further parishes a little later, making a United Benefice. David served as Rural Dean of Wem & Whitchurch Deanery for three years.
In 2008 he moved to Salisbury Diocese becoming priest in charge of The Lulworths, four lovely Dorset villages in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, and then became Team Rector of the Beaminster Area Team in 2010.
He has served on Diocesan Synod, Bishop's Council, The 20 group and The Dorset Area Pastoral Committee and The Vacancy in See Committee.
THE REVD DR RICHARD HARPER (Non-Residentiary Canon)
The Revd Richard Harper grew up in Dorchester before going to London to read Zoology, Cardiff for research and later to St Stephen’s House, Oxford. He was ordained in 1981 and served a curacy in a rural parish in Norfolk.
Most of Richard’s ministry has been in parishes (London diocese, in St Leonards on Sea and now in St Paul’s Weymouth). For 5 years Richard was on the staff of St Michael’s Theological College in Llandaff training priests and he has had experience of hospital chaplaincy.
He has enjoyed working in church schools in two parishes, and helping to lead a community primary school into Church Aided status.
His interests include travel, art and architecture, photography and music.
THE REVD WILLIAM RIDDING (Non-Residentiary Canon)
Location: Spire Hill Benefice
After training at Salisbury and Wells Theological College, William Ridding served his title at Verwood from 1983-1986. He joined Canon John McNeish and the Reverend Patrick Birt in the Gillingham Team Ministry. Since 2001, he has been Rector of the benefice of Spire Hill. Working in the Blackmore Vale Deanery for the past 30 years, he has developed a close affinity with rural communities and appreciates the many gifts and qualities they have to share.
William enjoys walking in the countryside, occasional visits to the theatre and cinema, as well as keeping a flag flying daily at the rectory from his extensive collection of national, regional and occasional flags.
RUTH ARLOW – Lay Canon
Ruth Arlow has been a barrister since 1997 and in 2003 was awarded a Masters degree in Canon Law from Cardiff University. She was licensed as Chancellor of the Diocese of Norwich in 2012, having served as Deputy Chancellor prior to that date. She has also served as Deputy Chancellor in the Dioceses of Chichester and Oxford. She is a member of the Standing Committee of the Ecclesiastical Judges Association and serves the National Church on the Legal Advisory Commission. She has been Case Notes Editor for the Ecclesiastical Law Journal since 2001.
Ruth has gained a breadth of experience in her various roles as a family barrister, a lecturer in professional legal skills at Monash University in Melbourne and at Bristol Law School, Chair of Governors of a Church of England primary school and a Sunday school leader.
She lives in Somerset with her husband, Jonathan, their three daughters and their labrador, Myfanwy. She fills what free time she has with long walks, reading and practicing her emerging skills as a guitar player.
CAROLE SOUTER – Lay Canon
Carole Souter has for 13 years been Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), a post from which she will very soon retire to concentrate on a number of Trustee and non-executive roles. She is proud to have worked in the public sector throughout her career, in the civil service and latterly at English Heritage (now Historic England) and the HLF. Originally from Cornwall, she has lived and worked in London since graduating from Oxford with a degree in politics and philosophy. She has a Masters in Victorian Studies from Birkbeck and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Society of Antiquaries of London. Carole is married with an adult daughter and son.
Carole is delighted to have the opportunity to bring her experience of working with great historic buildings, at the heart of their communities, to contribute to the life of the Cathedral as a member of the College of Canons.
LORETTA MINGHELLA – Sarum Canon
As Chief Executive Officer of Christian Aid, Loretta is responsible for strategic direction, plans and programmes across the world. She joined Christian Aid in April 2010.
Loretta is a lawyer by training who, after practising as a criminal litigator, began a career in financial regulation in 1990. The first Head of Enforcement Law, Policy and International Co-operation for the Financial Services Authority, she also chaired the International Organisation of Securities Commissions' Standing Committee on Enforcement and Information-Sharing.
In 2004, Loretta became Chief Executive of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, in which capacity she oversaw the payment of over £21bn in compensation to victims of bank and other financial failures. In recognition of her contribution in that role, she was awarded the OBE in the New Year's Honours 2010.
Loretta is a trustee of the Disasters Emergency Committee and of St Georges House Trust (Windsor Castle). She is also a member of the Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group.
Loretta has a BA (Hons) in Law from the University of Cambridge. She lives with her husband and two children in South London and attends St Barnabas Church, Dulwich, where she is, in her own words, an ‘enthusiastic if not talented’ member of the choir.