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Sons & Friends of the Clergy names Canon Simon Butler as its Chair

On Thursday 8th November, Revd Canon Simon Butler was elected Senior Treasurer and chair of the board of Sons & Friends of the Clergy by the charity’s governors.

Simon Butler has a particular interest in clergy wellbeing, leading several debates on this issue in General Synod. In 2017 he was asked by General Synod to chair a working group which produced a consultation paper in October 2018 on a possible ‘covenant for clergy care and wellbeing’.

Canon Butler’s appointment comes at a key time for Sons & Friends, as it looks to modernise its governance and strategy. In November 2017 the charity’s objects, enshrined in the Royal Charter, were amended by an Order in Council approved by Her Majesty The Queen. The new objects mean that the charity is able to work for the ‘promotion of health’ among the Anglican clergy and their families, as well as its previous objects of poverty alleviation and the relief of illness, whether physical or mental.

Commenting on his appointment as chair, Canon Simon Butler said:

‘I feel honoured to be asked to become chair of Sons & Friends of the Clergy. The wellbeing and welfare of Anglican clergy and their nearest and dearest are live and crucial issues, as we face all that makes for change in the mission-shaped 21st century Church. I am looking forward to playing my part alongside a strong staff and trustee team in shaping the future of this historic charity as it takes the new opportunities afforded it by the recent change in its Royal Charter, alongside its historic and ongoing commitment to supporting clergy and their dependants in challenging circumstances .’

In addition to Simon Butler’s appointment as chair, the charity’s AGM elected the Archbishop of York and the Bishop of London as honorary Presidents, alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury who was elected to the position in November 2017. HM The Queen remains the charity’s Royal Patron.