Beaver answers communication calling of CofE

The Industrial Society’s director of marketing Bill Beaver is to take the top communications job at the Church of England.

The Industrial Society’s director of marketing Bill Beaver is to

take the top communications job at the Church of England.



Rev Dr Beaver has been appointed by the General Synod of the Church of

England as director of communications. He replaces Eric Shegog, who left

in March after six years in the London-based post.



Shegog hit the headlines last November when he defended the Lesbian and

Gay Christian Movement’s 20th anniversary service on Radio 4’s Thought

for the day. The ensuing furore coincided with the launch of the CofE’s

new corporate identity.



US-born Beaver, who was ordained as a non-stipendiary minister in 1982,

will manage the communications unit, which has eight staff. The unit

aims to attract effective coverage of the Church’s activities.



’The Church of England is going through a period of change in the run-up

to the Millennium,’ said Beaver. ’It is a time when both internal and

external communications are going to be very important.’



Beaver’s previous roles include group director of corporate affairs at

National Westminster Bank and director of publicity for Barnardo’s.



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