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Dr Rowan Williams to become new Chair of Christian Aid board

13 December 2012 - Saxton Bampfylde

Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is to become Chairman of the board of trustees of Christian Aid, the international development agency, next year.

Announcing the appointment today, Christian Aid Director Loretta Minghella said: ‘Archbishop Rowan brings a passionate interest in tackling the symptoms and causes of poverty, a profound theological understanding, and deep experience of addressing issues of environmental, economic and social justice with church and political leaders across the world. This is wonderful news for Christian Aid’.

Dr. Williams steps down as Archbishop of Canterbury at the end of December and in the New Year takes up a new role as Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

At Christian Aid he succeeds Dame Anne Owers who completed her term of office as chair of Christian Aid in November.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr. Williams said: 'I am very honoured indeed to be invited to chair the Board of Christian Aid.

'I had hoped very much to be able to continue some regular involvement in support and advocacy in the area of international justice and development, and this will allow such an involvement to flourish.

‘Many years of co-operation with and support for Christian Aid have made me familiar with the excellent quality of all that they do, and I am personally very happy indeed to be working with them in this new role at a time when international development issues will need the most dedicated and sustained attention.'

The appointment process was led by Kumar Jacob, acting chair of Christian Aid’s board, and culminated in a process of approval this week by Christian Aid’ssponsoring churches.

Mr Jacob said: ‘Archbishop Rowan’s leadership on issues of international development and the role of churches in the fight against poverty across the world has been exceptional.

I believe we have found in him the perfect Chair for the organisation at this time and a great custodian for the British and Irish churches’ continuing work in tackling the scandal of poverty through their support for Christian Aid.’

Dr. Williams will take up his position in May 2013. Kumar Jacob will continue as acting chair meanwhile.

Cranleigh School appoints new Head

10 December 2012 - Saxton Bampfylde

Cranleigh School has announced the appointment of Martin Reader as its next Head, replacing Guy Waller who retires in September 2014 after seventeen years of outstanding service. Reader is currently Headmaster of Wellington School in Somerset. 

Reader was educated at St Olave’s Grammar School, Orpington before going on to read English at University College, Oxford. He continued his studies at Oxford, gaining an MPhil in English Studies 1100-1500. Whilst at Oxford, Martin played rugby for the University and benched at the Varsity match in 1989.

Reader started his teaching career at St Edward’s, Oxford, where he was fully involved in the full life of a boarding school as a resident tutor, coaching rugby, running the athletics and leading the RAF Section. He then spent five years at Oundle School, where he became Deputy Head of Laxton, the day side of Oundle. In 2002, he moved to be Deputy Head of Reigate Grammar School and, during that time, he gained an MBA in Educational Leadership International. He is currently Headmaster of Wellington School, Somerset, a day and boarding school of around 800 pupils aged 3-18. 

Anthony Townsend, Chairman of the Governing Body, states: “I am delighted with this appointment and believe that Martin is the ideal candidate to lead Cranleigh forward for the next generation of Cranleighans. He is a man of vision, warmth and integrity, and he understands the deep-rooted culture and sense of community that are at the centre of all that Cranleigh stands for.” 

Reader comments, “In Cranleigh, I recognise a school that puts the all-round development of children at its heart, whether that be intellectual, creative, physical or spiritual. I admire its commitment to its roots in the community of Cranleigh and its distinctive local boarding ethos. My wife Amanda and I feel very much that we are coming to be a part of the Cranleigh Family. Guy Waller leaves me with a fine school, an ethos to champion and a growing reputation that I will strive to build upon, nurture and strengthen.”