New head of Cathedral Council appointed

New head of Cathedral Council appointed

Monday 12th June 2017

The Bishop of Exeter has appointed Barnabas Hurst-Bannister to be the new Chair of Exeter Cathedral Council from November.

The Council provides oversight and support to the Cathedral Chapter, which is responsible for the daily life of the Cathedral.

Mr Hurst-Bannister succeeds Geoffrey Bush CB DL, who has served three terms of office as Chair of the Council, nine years in total.

His appointment was announced by the Bishop of Exeter. Bishop Robert said: “Barnabas will bring enormous experience to his new role as Chair of the Cathedral Council and I am delighted that he joins us at this important time in the life of the Cathedral. The Cathedral has made great strides forward in recent months in addressing its financial challenges and setting a clear path for the future. We are very grateful to Geoff Bush who has served the Cathedral so steadfastly, for the work he has done in getting the Cathedral to this point.”

The Chapter of Exeter Cathedral has also welcomed Barnabas and paid tribute to Geoff, for his great commitment to the Cathedral over many years.

Mr Bush said: "It has been a privilege to serve the Cathedral for nine years and to have been installed as a Lay Canon by the Bishop 18 months ago. The Cathedral has experienced difficult times recently and it was, therefore, with great pleasure that I was able to report to Bishop Robert at the end of April that there is now reason for optimism about the direction of travel. The Cathedral is a beacon within the diocese of Exeter and continues to be a wonderful place for worshipper and visitor alike. I wish Barnabas every success."

Mr Hurst-Bannister has worked at Lloyd’s since 1975, first as a broker and then as an underwriter, and has chaired a number of boards and market committees. He has been a member of the Council of Lloyd’s and is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and past president of the Insurance Institute of London. The son of a parish priest, he was educated at Salisbury Cathedral School, Lancing and Oxford University. He is vice-chairman of the Governing Body of Blundell’s School. He and his wife, who live in a former rectory in North Devon, have three children, one of whom was married in Exeter Cathedral, and six grandchildren.

He said: “It is with a proper mixture of awe and excitement that I take on this role. Geoff Bush has been an outstanding chairman, and I know that I speak on behalf of many people in expressing immense gratitude for all the work that he has done. To follow Geoff will be a daunting challenge and it is, in no small measure, owing to his unstinting efforts that we can be confident that when I take on the chairmanship at the beginning of November it will be as part of a new era in the Cathedral’s history. I am delighted to be able to try to ensure that the Council continues to fulfil its discreet if pivotal role in the governance of the Cathedral.”

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