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New Head of Finance appointed at Diocese of Carlisle

The Financial Controller of one of the country’s largest building societies has been appointed the Diocese of Carlisle’s new Head of Finance.

Ric JaquesRic Jaques joins the diocese from today (Thursday 24 November) and will be based at its Church House headquarters in Penrith.

He comes to the role having spent more than six years as Financial Controller for the Cumberland Building Society. He will be responsible for the financial planning and management of the Diocese which has an annual turnover of £8 million, making it one of Cumbria’s biggest charitable organisations.

Ric will also oversee financial stewardship of diocesan involvement with the ecumenical God for All vision that: By 2020 every person in Cumbria of all ages and backgrounds will have had an opportunity to discover more of God and God’s purpose for their lives, so that they will discover more of Jesus and the Good News and become followers of Jesus within a Christian community.

He said: “I have spent a large proportion of my professional career in Christian ministry as an accountant and previously worked within the Christian charity sector, so I am delighted to be appointed to this role.

“I think there is an additional calling which comes with a job like this. It’s not just about crunching numbers but also being involved with mission and evangelism whilst doing the job I’m qualified for.

“I’m delighted to be a part of the God for All strategy which is encouraging us to all look at fresh ways in which we can connect people with the Gospel message.”

Ric will report to the Carlisle Diocesan Board of Finance (CDBF), a limited charitable company which provides the corporate, financial and administrative backbone of the Diocese.

It has an annual turnover of around £8m, owns and manages around 150 diverse properties, has a range of investment assets worth over £20m including significant stakes in two Lake District hydro-electric plans, and, along with the Christian retreat and conference centre Rydal Hall, employs approximately 60 staff. The CDBF is also the custodian trustee for numerous Parochial Trusts with a value of £7m.

His appointment comes as the current Head of Finance and Deputy Diocesan Secretary Neil Barrett prepares to retire towards the end of December after 17 years with the Diocese. There will be a transitionary period until Neil’s retirement.

Martin Jayne, the Chair of the Carlisle Diocesan Board of Finance said: “I would firstly like to thank Neil for his diligence and professionalism in managing and planning the Diocesan finances during his many years with us, and which has been rooted in a strong Christian faith.

“In particular, Neil, alongside other senior colleagues, has overseen the introduction of a comprehensive five year budget plan and strategy. That means we are able to invest in mission through our God for All strategy as well as continue our greatly valued pastoral ministry in this huge Diocese.

“It is within this context that we welcome Ric to the role of Head of Finance. He brings with him a fantastic pedigree in financial management which will be needed as we face the future.

“We look forward to working alongside Ric in order that together we can all continue to grow God’s kingdom across Cumbria.”

Ric qualified as a chartered accountant in 1993, while working for Coopers and Lybrand. He later worked for 16 and half years for the Christian literature distribution charity Send the Light, latterly as Director of Finance, before joining the Cumberland Building Society.

The 48-year-old lives in Brampton with his wife, Andrea, and daughter, Anna, and is a member of the Bethesda Evangelical Church.



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For further information contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01768 807764 or at

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