The Bishop of Birmingham is delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Ann Richardson as the first full-time Area Dean of the new deanery of Aston & Sutton Coldfield. The deanery came into being in May this year as part of Church of England Birmingham’s Transforming Church Vision and People and Places programme. This significant new role will give a high level of support and leadership to churches, clergy and lay leaders, with this being the first of six such appointments across the Diocese.
Ann is currently vicar of Twydall, an urban outer estate parish in the Medway area of Rochester Diocese and Area Dean of Gillingham. Ann brings wide experience to her new role from both before and since ordination. After serving a curacy in Bromley, she has held her current role in addition to being priest in charge at St Barnabas Gillingham and the wider responsibilities of Area Dean. Before ordination Ann had long experience as a Church of England Reader in Erith Parish. In her professional life for over 15 years Ann provided information services to international law firms including most recently Allen & Overy.
Ann says, ‘After five and a half very happy years in Twydall, I am really excited to be coming to Birmingham to join in with this new venture. I am passionate about collaboration between church communities and am looking forward to working with all the parishes of Aston and Sutton Coldfield in our shared mission to the local area.’
Bishop David says, ‘It is an exciting time for Ann to join us in Birmingham for this significant new role. I am sure her abundant energy and inspiring gifts in leadership and pastoral skills will be exactly what the church in Aston & Sutton Coldfield needs for a well-supported and flourishing future. Please join me in praying for Ann and our communities across the new deanery as we seek God’s blessing and guiding in this new venture.’
Ann will be welcomed and licensed by the Bishop at a special deanery service on the afternoon of Advent Sunday 1st December at St Margaret’s, Short Heath.