A business leader, with senior experience in both industry and the church, is returning to his roots to help steer the future of the Church in Wales.
Simon Lloyd has been appointed as the new Provincial Secretary – the most senior lay role in the Church and effectively its chief executive. He will take up the post in May, following the retirement of John Shirley.
Mr Lloyd, who is originally from Cardiff, joins the Church from the Diocese of Coventry which he has been leading as Diocesan Secretary for the past 10 years. Prior to that, he had a career in the manufacturing industry, having graduated in electrical engineering and trained as a design engineer with the GEC (the General Electrical Company). He held a succession of positions in marketing, factory management, international sales and as a managing director with companies manufacturing electrical products.
In his role as Diocesan Secretary, Mr Lloyd, supported the work of the diocese in its parishes, Cathedral, church schools and academies and in a joint venture company with the Church Urban Fund.
He is also a Lay Canon of Coventry Cathedral and has been involved there as a member of its Chapter and in its worship by leading services and preaching.
Announcing his appointment, the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said, “Simon will bring his vast experience and expertise to the post of Provincial Secretary, having served for 10 years as Diocesan Secretary of the Diocese of Coventry and before that in the world of business. Born and brought up until he was nine in Wales, he is returning to his roots and we welcome him home.”
James Turner, Chairman of the Representative Body of the Church in Wales, added, “We are delighted that Simon Lloyd has accepted this key role in the Church. He arrives at a time when the Church is undergoing major changes as part of its 2020 Vision strategy for growth and we look forward to the guidance and support he will bring to assist with that.”
Born in Cardiff, Mr Lloyd lived there until the age of nine when his family moved to North Staffordshire. At Sheffield University, he met his wife, Faye, who was born and brought up in Blackwood where her parents still live. They have two adult children. In addition to his link with south Wales, Mr Lloyd has family connections with mid Wales and north Wales and, since childhood, has regularly holidayed here.
He said, “After 10 happy years serving the Church of England in Coventry and Warwickshire, I am looking forward to bringing all that I have learned there in service to the Church in Wales. I am excited by the challenges and opportunities my new role brings to enable the Church to flourish in every part of the land.”
The Bishop of Coventry, Dr Christopher Cocksworth, said, “Simon Lloyd has served the Diocese of Coventry with enormous energy, skill and wisdom for the last 10 years. He has been a superb colleague and I – together with so many in the Diocese – will miss him greatly. Nevertheless, we send him on gladly to the Church in Wales, grateful for all he has given to us and joyful that a whole Province of the Anglican Communion will now be blessed by his many gifts.”
Canon Ian Francis, Chair of the Coventry Diocesan Board of Finance, added, “It has been a privilege to have worked with Simon throughout his tenure as our Diocesan Secretary. He has been an exemplary chief executive who will take to the Church in Wales a wealth of knowledge and experience. I know that many have been touched by his enthusiasm and the professional way in which he has dealt with their problems, be they technical or pastoral. Simon will be sorely missed but his deep Christian faith will drive him forward to the next stage in his life. I wish him well as he follows the calling to his new role.”