Lord David Rowe-Beddoe retires as Church chairman
James Turner, Lord David Rowe-Beddoe and Archbishop Barry Morgan
November 27 2012
The Archbishop of Wales has paid tribute to a prominent Welsh businessman and peer who has played a key role in the Church in Wales over the past decade.
Lord David Rowe-Beddoe retires at the end of the year as Chairman of the Representative Body of the Church in Wales, the charitable trust which holds the Church’s assets. He has been Chairman since 2002.
The Archbishop, Dr Barry Morgan, praised his commitment and insight. He said, “Despite all the many calls on Lord Rowe-Beddoe’s time, he has given unstintingly to the Church in Wales over the past 10 years in terms both of his expertise and in the time it takes to chair a major committee. Although his background is as a businessman, he is also a deeply committed Christian and realises that running the Church is not the same as running a business. He has brought both gifts of sensitivity and insight to the role and we are enormously grateful to him for his huge contribution.”
Lord Rowe-Beddoe, former chairman of the Welsh Development Agency, said, “It’s been a most enjoyable 10 years and I have particularly appreciated the comradeship I have had with various representatives from around the Church in Wales. The Representative Body has just welcomed a report from a major church review which shows where we have to change. It is very stimulating and I am saddened to be leaving before having had the opportunity to be part of that work. It’s going to be an exciting and very challenging time ahead for the Church.”
Lord Rowe-Beddoe is succeeded as Chairman of the Representative Body (the RB) by James Turner. Mr Turner, an international business consultant, has been deputy chairman of the RB since 2009 and chairman of the St Asaph Diocesan Board of Finance since 2005.
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