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New Diocesan Secretary Appointed (posted 5 December 2014)

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New Diocesan Secretary Appointed

Gabrielle Higgins
Gabrielle Higgins

The Bishop of Chichester has announced the appointment of Gabrielle Higgins to the position of Diocesan Secretary, with effect from 19 January 2015.

He said, "It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Gabrielle Higgins as Diocesan Secretary.  Gabrielle's background and experience will position her well for this key leadership role.  She combines the well-honed analytical and communication skills of an accomplished barrister with a firm knowledge and understanding of the Church of England.

"She joins the senior staff team at an exciting time for the diocese, as we prepare to launch our strategy for the next five years at Pentecost.  I very much look forward to working with her."

Gabrielle gained a 1st in Classics from Merton College, Oxford, followed by a post-graduate Diploma in Law from City University, London.  She was called to the bar in 2002 and joined Maitland Chambers, Lincoln's Inn, where she specialised in business disputes relating to land.

The daughter of a former cathedral dean, Gabrielle has been fully involved in all aspects of parish life at St James's, Paddington, where she was a PCC member for six years and churchwarden for two.  She is also a keen croquet player, having twice represented England in the World Championships.

Gabrielle will begin her role on 19th January, 2015, taking over from Nicholas Taylor, who has been interim Diocesan Secretary since August.

Commenting on her appointment, Ms Higgins said "After 12 years at the bar, I am looking forward to a fresh challenge, working for an organisation whose values I share and whose mission I passionately support."

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