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Help run the Church of England’s finances in Cumbria

The Church of England in Cumbria is on the hunt for new trustees to help oversee its finances.

The Diocese of Carlisle, which has an annual budget of more than £7 million, is looking to recruit new members to its Board of Finance.

The Board’s role is to make sure that money entrusted to the diocese is used well for the growing of God’s Kingdom in Cumbria.

It’s a partnership of clergy and laity.

The Ven Richard Pratt is Archdeacon for West Cumberland, and has been an executive director of the Board of Finance for over five years.

He said: “I feel that this post gives me the chance to use my life and work experience as a service to God; you could say it was a calling.

“As a Board we’re involved with an important body of work; we help to hold the diocese to account in terms of budget and financial planning.

“But our meetings also are fun, productive and there’s robust discussion. The Bible states that you can’t serve God and money but we can help to look after the money which serves God’s work here in Cumbria.”

Meetings are held six times a year, generally during the day and often at Church House in Carlisle.

The diocese is looking to recruit people who are able to contribute to strategic discussions and who can particularly contribute in five key areas:

  • HR
  • risk management
  • innovation & enterprise
  • education – because the diocese is setting up a Multi Academy Trust
  • representation and inclusivity: with applications from female and/or younger candidates particularly welcomed.

Derek Hurton, Diocesan Secretary, said: “Above all, we need people who ask questions and suggest ideas which test our current ways of thinking and doing things.”

There are four ex officio Trustees and five elected Trustees, with scope to co-opt two further Trustees if required.

There’s currently a vacancy for one elected Trustee and there are no co-opted Trustees.

For further information please contact the Diocese of Carlisle on 01228 522573.

Notes to editors

The Diocesan Board of Finance responsibilities include:

  • Management of the financial resources and property of the diocese
  • Preparation of annual budgets
  • Advising on action needed to raise income  
  • Oversight of Diocesan expenditure
  • Advising on the financial implications of policy proposals
  • Acting as employer to salaried diocesan staff
  • Custodian Trustee for numerous parish and diocesan trusts
  • Identifying and exploiting opportunities for new income streams and developments


For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Officer, on 07984 927434, 01228 560079 or at

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