Press release

New Church Commissioner: Ian Charles Watmore

The Queen has approved that Ian Charles Watmore be appointed a Church Commissioner in succession to the Canon John Andrew Spence.

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The Queen has approved that Ian Charles Watmore, MA, D.Litt, be appointed a Church Commissioner for 3 years effective from 1 January 2014 in succession to the Canon John Andrew Spence, Esq, OBE who resigns on 31 December 2013.

Ian Watmore

Ian Watmore has an MA in mathematics and management from Trinity College Cambridge, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Westminster.

He worked from 1980 to 2004 for Accenture, starting as an IT and management consultant, becoming a partner in 1990 and UK Managing Partner/Director from 2000 to 2004. He worked for 7 of the next 8 years in the Civil Service, holding 3 different Permanent Secretary posts under 3 Prime Ministers. First at the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in Number 10, then at the department now known as Business, Innovation and Skills, and latterly at the Cabinet Office.

He was also the Group Chief Executive at the Football Association from 2009 to 2010. He now supports his wife, the Reverend Georgina Watmore, in her curacy of 2 parishes in the Diocese of Chester. He currently has a portfolio of roles including Chair and Trustee of the Migraine Trust and Board positions at the English Institute of Sport, ER 2015 (the organisation organising the Rugby World Cup in England in 2015), and the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Published 18 December 2013