Saturday, September 8, 2012

New Vice-Chairman for Forward in Faith (UK)

Forward in Faith News

Two days ago this announcement was posted on the Forward in Faith website: 

After eighteen years in office, Sister Anne Williams CA has decided to retire as Vice-Chairman of Forward in Faith. 

Paying tribute to her, the Chairman of FiF, Bishop Jonathan Baker, said ‘Sister Anne has been a doughty fighter for the Catholic cause in our Church over very many years and it is good to know that she will continue that work as a much-valued member of the Catholic Group in General Synod. But that she should now wish to lighten her load is entirely understandable and so, on behalf of all the members of Forward in Faith, I thank her most warmly for all she has done for us over the years and look forward to taking our leave of her publicly at the National Assembly next month.’ 

In accordance with the terms of the Forward in Faith Constitution, the Council this week elected Dr Lindsay Newcombe as its new Vice-Chairman, for the unexpired period of Sister Anne’s term of office. 

Lindsay read Mechanical Engineering at University College, London and worked in the design department of an orthopaedic implant manufacturer before studying for a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering and becoming Research Fellow at UCL. She has worked for the British Standards Institution since 2009 as a Technical Specialist where she assesses the safety and efficacy of medical devices to allow them to be placed on the market. Since her election to represent the Diocese of London at General Synod in 2010, Lindsay has been elected onto the Mission and Public Affairs Council of the Church of England and also serves on the governing body of St Stephen’s House, Oxford. She is married to Fr Andrew Newcombe SSC, Vicar of Holy Trinity Hoxton, and they have a toddler daughter called Mary. 

Bishop Jonathan commented: ‘I am delighted that Lindsay has agreed to become my Vice-Chairman at this seminal moment in the life of Forward in Faith, as we prepare for the November sessions of the General Synod. All members of FiF can draw great encouragement from the fact that such an able and faithful young woman has offered to serve in this capacity.’ 

Dr Newcombe added: ‘I would like to thank the Council of Forward in Faith for their trust in me and I am looking forward prayerfully to fulfilling my new role in Forward in Faith.’


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