New diocesan Chief Executive appointed

Sharon Kindleysides has been appointed to replace Nick May as the next chief executive and diocesan secretary to the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

Sharon is an experienced leader from the engineering, technology and innovation sectors, who has worked with global companies in Austria and Australia. Her most recent experience has been as a consultant and adviser to start-up businesses and transport projects. Currently living in Ely with her two children, Sharon worships at Ely Cathedral. She will be moving to Wells and start work at the new diocesan offices at Flourish House at the beginning of September.

Bishop Peter said he was delighted to appoint Sharon to the role after a rigorous recruitment process. “She brings a wealth of experience from the commercial and not for profit sector which, combined with her joyful faith and energy, will be invaluable in steering the diocese through uncertain times ahead.”

Sharon said the advert for the role had ‘popped up’ on her phone as she was seeking to discern her next steps and her vocation as a Christian. “I love walking medieval pilgrimage routes and last year I did the Ely – Walsingham Way. In three days, I passed so many churches and I had a sense then that my calling might be to work with and support church communities, particularly those who are struggling. As soon as I saw the job advertised, I had a strong sense I was being called to the role.

“During lockdown, I’ve been really moved by the stories I’ve heard and read of how Christians have been living and sharing their faith in practical ways by supporting others, in this diocese and elsewhere. The really unusual and uncomfortable experience of lockdown has helped many people to connect or reconnect with the Church during this time and the amazing variety of online services and digital fellowship has shown that the Church is as needed and relevant today as it has ever been. My vision is for a Church which is welcoming to everyone and supportive of ministry in all its forms and locations, and I’m really excited to be starting on this new stage of my faith journey in Bath and Wells.”

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