New Diocesan Chief Executive Appointed

Bishop Paul today announced that the new Diocesan Chief Executive will be Martin Cooper, who has a senior role in a charity that works with thousands of volunteers across the UK to protect and improve local green spaces.

Martin Cooper has been with The Conservation Volunteers for five years and is currently the Finance Director and Company Secretary. He serves on the Leadership Team and has held interim operational leadership positions.

“I am humbled to have been entrusted with the opportunity to serve and support the growth of the church as Diocesan Chief Executive,” he said.

“I am looking forward to working collaboratively with people across the Diocese, serving together as we seek, with Bishop Paul’s oversight and leadership, to share the good news of Jesus Christ and the vision of Growing Disciples, Wider, Younger and Deeper”.

Bishop Paul said: “I am delighted that in Martin Cooper we have been able to appoint someone with the professional skills and experience to make a strategic contribution to the ongoing life and mission of the diocese at this time. He also comes into this role with a personal background in the Church of England as well as particular insight into the needs and opportunities within rural churches.

Martin was born in Derby and grew up in rural Suffolk before moving to Nottinghamshire to attend university. His father was a priest in the Church of England having trained for ministry in the former theological college at Kelham Hall.

He lives in the Diocese with his wife, Louise, and two young daughters. He is a member of his local PCC within the Riverside Benefice which includes two Grade I listed rural churches where he has played a leading role in a number of significant church restoration projects.

He is a dedicated diocesan bell-ringer, enjoys running and is a football ‘groundhopper’. He has recently become a Trustee of the Clergy Support Trust and is also a Trustee of several local charities. Along with his family Martin is also part of the Riverside Church in Southwell.

Prior to joining TCV, which operates nationwide in urban and rural areas, planting trees and wild flower meadows, clearing footpaths and creating food growing projects, Martin worked in commercial finance and is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Tax Advisor.

He will take up the role of Chief Executive in March next year.