Liverpool Cathedral make groundbreaking appointment

Liverpool Cathedral has appointed the Diocesan Secretary for the Diocese of Liverpool, Mike Eastwood, as their new Cathedral Administrator.

Mike will be carrying out this role – to be retitled Director of Operations – while continuing as Diocesan Secretary, a first for the Church of England.

This hugely significant and ground-breaking appointment for the Cathedral and the Diocese is one which will be watched closely by other cathedrals and dioceses throughout the country. It will enable us to achieve much closer collaboration between the Diocese and the Cathedral in mission planning, thinking and opportunity, while at the same time respecting the integrity and separateness of Cathedral and Diocese.

The appointment is a clear recognition of the benefits that collaboration can bring and builds on the levels of co-operation that have already been achieved between Cathedral and Diocese. Everyone involved is clear that there will be challenges ahead but there is a clear commitment
The Bishop of Liverpool, Bishop James said “As the Diocese and the Cathedral move forward in the mission of God it will be great to have Mike integrating and maximising the resources of both.”
Justin Welby, Dean of Liverpool said “I am very excited about the appointment of Mike as Director of Operations. His talents and overview will enable exciting progress in the mission and work of the Cathedral. There will be great opportunities for new ways of doing things, and for effective joint working. His gifts and imagination will make a big difference. Liverpool Cathedral has the extraordinary privilege of being at the centre of this City, in many ways. Mike will enable us to be more effective in building on our strengths in music, as a place of celebration and of comfort in the life of the City, and in serving our community.”

Mike Eastwood said “I am delighted to be offered this role and see it as another example of the forward thinking of Bishop James, Dean Welby and Chapter. Liverpool is the most unified Diocese I have come across we seem to be a Diocese that respects and wants actively to work with each other and I think that is hugely significant. As far as Diocese and Cathedral is concerned there is a strong sense of people wanting to work well together that has resulted in a climate where we can try things – there is a positive spirit.

‘I am under no illusions about what will be required to make it work, but think it will be terrific and am really looking forward to it. It’s a huge step away from the old perception of conflict between Cathedral and Diocese. It’s the embodiment of respecting each other’s independence and integrity, but at the same time collaborating wherever possible. That’s just fantastic and could send a message to the wider Church.

‘I think the Cathedral as a building is absolutely stunning and the variety of what goes on is breathtaking and there are huge opportunities for mission, both directly and indirectly, and that is what attracts me to this role most of all – being part of that witness and that voice.’

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Notes to editors

Mike Eastwood was appointed as Diocesan Secretary to the Diocese of Liverpool in 2001 following 12 years working for the country’s leading publishing and training charity the Directory of Social Change. He became a Director at the age of 29 setting up their Liverpool office. His appointment at The Diocese of Liverpool came at a time the Diocese were facing a £1m deficit. His approach was to launch a Diocesan review which was followed up by Responding to the Call, which set a framework for action.

The past seven years have been extremely busy for Mike and his Diocesan team – there has been the tremendously successful Giving in Grace programme; church growth initiatives through the School of Leadership; the Child Friendly Church awards; the work of the Education Department and Lifelong Learning; Church and Society continues with their ground-breaking work with people at the margins, of society.

Mike is married to Nikki with three children and has lived on the Wirral for the last 20 years. He worships at Townfield Church, a church plant from St Andrew’s Bebington where Nikki is also a lay reader.