Press release

Dean of Rochester

Appointment of Reverend Mark Howard Francis Beach.

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Mark Howard Francis Beach, MA, DMin, Team Rector of Rugby in Coventry Diocese, to be appointed to the Deanery of the Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary, on the elevation of the Very Reverend Adrian Newman, BSc, MPhil as Suffragan Bishop of Stepney on 1 April 2011.

Notes for editors

The Reverend Mark Beach (aged 50) studied first at Kent University and then at Nottingham University before moving on to King’s College London. He trained for the ministry at St Stephen’s House, Oxford. He served his title at Beeston in Southwell in the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham from 1987 to 1990. From 1990 to 1993 he was Curate at Hucknall Torkard in the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. From 1993 to 2001 he was Rector at Gedling in the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. From 2001 to 2003 he was Bishop’s Chaplain in the diocese of Wakefield. Since 2003 he has been Team Rector of Rugby and Transforming Communities Officer for the diocese of Coventry.

Mark is married to Annabel and they have one daughter Ellie.

His interests include a commitment to the voluntary sector and for the last four years he has served as Chair of the Trustees of Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action. He enjoys singing and has performed with Rugby Operatic Society in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. He is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Pewterers.

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