We would like to inform you that Andrew Halstead will be retiring at the end of this year. We are grateful for his many years of service as Diocesan Secretary.
Andrew took up the position in 2011 and under Bishop David's leadership has secured investment of over £9m from the Church Commissioners for strategic change programmes, overseen the building of new churches in Wythall, Sparkbrook and Gas Street and the new school and church in Chelmsley Wood, established sound finance, good governance and a clear deployment framework as the basis for parish resourcing, recruited high-quality parish support teams in Finance, Property and Communications and set up the new professional HR team, amongst other significant advancements.
Bishop David said:
"Andrew Halstead has been essential to the development and progress of Church of England Birmingham over the past nine years. I could not have asked for a more faithful, effective and visionary colleague. His talent for data driven dynamic change tested with prayer has been recognised and applied in national as well as local contexts. Andrew has with typical thoughtfulness given advanced notice of a well-earned retirement. I look forward to sharing with him in a productive five months ahead and at the same time to recruiting a equally effective successor as Diocesan Secretary”.
"Working with you all has been the joy of my professional life. There is a rich, deep seam of talent in Church of England - Birmingham and I've been privileged to be part of it. Thank you for everything you've done.
"The vision of Transforming Church supported by the People & Places framework gives great hope as the platform for a capable, growing and sustainable church. For the rest of 2019 I will be working hard with you to continue building those foundations.”
Recruitment for a new Diocesan Secretary is underway in order to achieve as smooth a transition as possible before Andrew leaves on the 31st December. We ask for your prayers for the recruitment process and also for Andrew and Fran as they adjust to and enjoy retired life.
There will be opportunities to say farewell to Andrew later on in the year; we will inform you of these when details are confirmed.