This month we say a huge thank you and goodbye to Harry Musselwhite who is to step down as the Chair of Bath and Wells Board of Finance after thirteen years. Harry served as Vice Chair from 2007 to 2010 and went on to become Chair in 2010.
Bishop Ruth praised Harry’s leadership and thanked him for his wise guidance through many changes at the Diocese, saying,
“Harry is one of those wonderful, twinkly-eyed people who always causes us to think mission first and finds the finance to make it happen! We now need to build on his confidence in God and in us and remember that some things need to stop in order for others to flourish. Harry we thank you for all you have done as DBF Chair and we pray that as you stop this role so new avenues of possibility might open up for you!”
It was when Harry moved to Somerset from London that, Revd Tom Butler, then Bishop of Southwark wrote to Rt Revd Peter Price the Bishop of Bath and Wells to say he was coming to Bath and to suggest he found him something useful to do.
Harry’s decision to accept the offer was driven by his strong faith and his desire to serve God by utilising the extensive financial experience he’d gained working in higher education in a number of senior management roles and latterly as Vice Principal of King’s College , London.
“My retirement allowed me to develop a longstanding love of, and commitment to the work of, the Church of England. I have always wanted to do something to grow the Kingdom and have a job that might allow me to do that. I was delighted to accept the invitation from the Bishop of Bath and Wells.
“One of the wonderful things has been the people I have met and worked with. I have met a lot of terrific people during my time with Bath and Wells and have made many friends.”
Recently retired Diocesan Secretary Nick May, who worked closely with Harry for many years paid tribute to him, he said:
“Harry was a constant and reassuring figure during all my time with the DBF. I have greatly valued his support and encouragement, gentle humour and wise counsel. Committee meetings where he held the Chair were an enjoyable experience as he always carried out the role with elan. My best wishes and most grateful thanks go to him as he steps down after such long and distinguished service to the diocese.”
The Chairmanship brings with it a number of additional roles including membership of synod and the Bishop’s Council, Chair of the Finance Group, responsible for the day-to-day management of the Diocese’s finances, Diocesan Trustee of Glastonbury Abbey and many more.
Harry successor will be Ian Theodoreson who is currently Chair of the Investments Committee in Bath and Wells.