Comments: new director of the Central Secretariat and Clerk to the Synod

Welcome, Dr Philips.

I note that she has an impressive CV and no experience of churchy things much - possibly a good thing. Her St Mellitus connection does make me wonder if she is from an HTB background - and are we therefore going to be served by someone with a theologically conservative commitment? Does anyone know anything about her?

Posted by Jeremy Pemberton at Tuesday, 12 March 2013 at 10:32am GMT

Is Jacqui's doctorate, which is mentioned, more weighty than Dr Colin Podmore's, which isn't? !!

Posted by Neil at Tuesday, 12 March 2013 at 11:06am GMT

Jeremy, whether or not she is from an HTB background, I'm sure that she will show the same impeccable impartiality as Colin did, serving the whole Church by servicing it.

Posted by Richard at Tuesday, 12 March 2013 at 12:31pm GMT


I am asking about her background. It might have not made any difference with Colin, but she is not Colin. And I am not saying that it will necessarily make any difference with Jacqui Philips - though I think it is obvious that, for instance, it makes a huge difference with William Fittall.

What I am asking is, what does anyone know about this person and her church background?

Posted by Jeremy Pemberton at Tuesday, 12 March 2013 at 2:28pm GMT

It is worth noting that, whatever Jacqui's church background, being part of St Mellitus does not mean being part of HTB. St Mellitus is an initiative of the bishops of London and Chelmsford bringing together the old RTP (NTMTC) with SPTC, which is associated with HTB. We therefore have students from a wide variety of backgrounds. If anything, students from theologically conservative backgrounds find studying with us to be more of a challenge and stretch to their views.

Posted by Sean Doherty at Thursday, 21 March 2013 at 12:24pm GMT
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