We're delighted that our Diocesan Secretary and Chief Officer at Liverpool Cathedral has been announced as the Director of the national Reform and Renewal programme.
Mike said " This is a significant work for the wider church on an agenda that mirrors what we are doing here in Liverpool. So it reflects all our efforts that I have been asked to do this and I hope my involvement will further cement the reputation of our diocese and cathedral nationally.
Assuming all goes well it’s a 2-year secondment. Bishop Paul, Bishop Richard, Dean Pete and other senior colleagues are supportive of me doing it.
There’ll need to be some changes here to enable me to take on the additional responsibilities, part of which will be to use the money we will receive for the secondment to appoint a new senior post of Director of Estates. This post will cover off my responsibilities for the cathedral building, clergy housing and church buildings across the diocese.
My main focuses in the cathedral and diocese will be on strategy and strategic planning, financial planning, making sure we are geared up to deliver on our plans, how we develop as organisations and some key areas of specialist advice."
The text of London's announcement is below
Today (19 October 2015) the Secretary General of the Archbishops' Council, William Fittall, has announced that Mike Eastwood, Diocesan Secretary, Diocese of Liverpool and Chief Officer, Liverpool Cathedral will be starting a part-time secondment with the NCIs at the beginning of January.
Mike, who continues as Diocesan Secretary and Cathedral Chief Officer, will be working two days a week as the Director of Reform and Renewal. He has previously served on various national groups, including the Resourcing the Future Task Group and brings huge diocesan experience and knowledge of the Church to support the programme into the delivery phases. He will report to William Nye who becomes Secretary General on 1 December. William Nye will remain accountable for the Reform and Renewal programme. The secondment involves no structural or reporting changes at the NCIs. It is about bringing the current work streams together and co-ordinating the activities in a way necessary for delivery.
Mike will replace the temporary support that has been in place, since February, for the initial phase of the programme. The appointment has the full support of Archbishops' Council, The Bishop of Liverpool, Dean and Liverpool DBF. Mike will retain his role in Liverpool, with some changes in day to day activities to ensure manageability of workload.