Press release

Appointments Secretary for senior ecclesiastical appointments and Deputy Appointments Secretary

Edward Chaplin CMG OBE is to be the next Appointments Secretary for senior ecclesiastical appointments.

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The Prime Minister has announced that he has appointed Edward Chaplin CMG OBE to be his next Appointments Secretary for senior ecclesiastical appointments when Sir Paul Britton stands down at the end of the year.

He has also appointed Richard Tilbrook as Deputy Appointments Secretary.

Mr Chaplin and Mr Tilbrook will work with the Archbishops’ Appointments Secretary on the consultations for diocesan bishop and Crown deanery appointments, attending meetings of the Crown Nominations Commission as appropriate.

Notes to editors

Mr Chaplin spent most of his career until his recent retirement in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, serving as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Jordan, Iraq and Italy.

Mr Tilbrook is Clerk to the Privy Council and Head of the Honours and Appointments Secretariat in the Cabinet Office.

Both are communicant Anglicans: Mr Chaplin worships at St Mary and St Michael, Trumpington in the Diocese of Ely; Mr Tilbrook at St Andrew’s, Naunton in the Diocese of Gloucester and at St Paul’s Cathedral. Both are also alumni of Queens’ College, Cambridge.

Mr Nicholas Wheeler in the Cabinet Office remains responsible for Crown parochial appointments.

Published 14 November 2013