06/10/2014

Marriage Care; equipping ourselves for the future

Marriage Care has recently appointed several new trustees who bring new skills and experience to take Marriage Care forward in its mission to strengthen and support marriage and relationships.

Kit Dollard has been appointed as Chair of the Board of Trustees, following the recent retirement of Charles Perryman. Kit set up and works for the charity Christian Community Resources, with his wife Caroline, following careers in the Army, the City, property and the Church. He is presently a member of the Spirituality Committee of the Bishop’s Conference of England & Wales as well as a member of the Middlesbrough Diocese Bishop’s Councils for Liturgy and Evangelisation & Adult Formation. He has also worked for the Pastoral Services Team at Ampleforth Abbey.

Mark Molden, Chief Executive of Marriage Care, said: “We are delighted that Kit is joining the Board as our new Chair. We are fortunate to have attracted someone with so much experience in a number of spheres and I know the organisation will benefit from his insights and leadership.”

Kit said: “I am honoured to have been invited to be the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. I look forward to working with my fellow Trustees and in providing support and encouragement to Mark Molden, his staff and the hundreds of volunteers serving on the frontline of our work”.

Besides Kit, Marriage Care has been able to attract three other trustees to the Board, all of whom have joined us very recently.

Margaret Morley is a qualified accountant with more than 30 years’ experience of finance in the not-for-profit sector.  She has worked in higher education, housing and with several charities, including as Director of Finance for the Royal Star and Garter Home and, more recently, the Health Foundation. Margaret will also be Chair of the Finance committee.

Father Mehall Lowry is the parish priest of Holy Cross Church, in Parsons Green, Diocese of Westminster and Pastoral Coordinator & Formation Advisor at the Westminster Seminary, Allen Hall. He is appointed by Cardinal Nichols as the President’s nominee to the board of trustees.

Michael Harper joins the Board and is a welcome representative from Wales. A senior civil servant with the Welsh Assembly, since retiring in 2005, he has been a marriage preparation course facilitator in our Cardiff centre as well as managing our marriage preparation bookings for the centre. As a vice Chair of a school Board, Chair of his local Parish Advisory Council and involved in a number of community projects as well as experience as a practitioner, he will bring a wealth of experience in governance to the Board.

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