Comments: Loretta Minghella announced as next First Church Estates Commissioner

Is she related to the Minghellas of film direction and ice-cream fame?

Posted by David Emmott at Wednesday, 28 June 2017 at 8:09pm BST

Good appointment.

Posted by Anthony Archer at Wednesday, 28 June 2017 at 9:49pm BST

@David Emmott: Yes she is. Anthony was her brother. Depressing to think that he died 9 years ago.

She is a joint editor of a guide to FSMA. It seems that she has no fund management experience, although she has 13/14 years' experience at the coal face of financial services regulation. Actually, Sir Andreas Whittam Smith seems to have been the first First Commissioner to have had substantive professional experience in stock picking (if not necessarily fund management) as editor of the Investors' Chronicle prior to his appointment.

I agree that this is an excellent appointment.

Posted by Froghole at Wednesday, 28 June 2017 at 11:04pm BST

The best R4 Lent talk I've ever heard was given by Loretta Minghella - moving, articulate, thoughtful.....I've never forgotten it.

Posted by Geraldine Campbell at Wednesday, 28 June 2017 at 11:38pm BST

Successively referring to Ms Minghella as "Loretta" in the press release is either sexism (because a man would not have been so referenced) or an attempt to convey an inappropriate atmosphere of "chumminess" to what is a very serious and important role. Full marks to the appointing committee, but the press office could do better....

Posted by Bernard Silverman at Thursday, 29 June 2017 at 2:22pm BST

Bernard: It would be unlikely that the press office would have published without checking she was happy with it, and it's probably just that 'Loretta' is how she asked to be known.

Secondly, and I think more importantly, I believe it's essential that christian organisations use christian names. Why wouldn't they?

Posted by Andrew Godsall at Thursday, 29 June 2017 at 3:48pm BST

Andrew. I've looked out the Church of England's press release about the appointment of William Nye. He's referred to, throughout either as "William Nye" or "Mr Nye"!

Posted by Bernard at Thursday, 29 June 2017 at 11:33pm BST
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