Lichfield welcomes a new Strategic Programmes Director

Published: 29th May 2024

After interviews this month we are delighted to announce the appointment of Canon Nick Smeeton to the role of Strategic Programmes Director for the Diocese of Lichfield. This is a new and crucial role for our diocese and is funded by the national church, designed to bring life and detail to the implementation of the new strategic framework recently agreed by our Diocesan Synod.

Nick is married to Karen, who is the Area Dean of Rochdale, and they have a teenage daughter, Hannah. After leaving university Nick trained as a Chartered Accountant, and worked in business turnaround, nationally and internationally. He prepared for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon and was ordained in 2004 in the Manchester Diocese. After his curacy he spent ten years as the vicar of two of the most deprived parishes in the country, both in the centre of Oldham. Since 2017 he has been the Director of Vocations in Manchester Diocese, and since 2020 has also been Director of Strategy (Mission). Nick grew up in the Midlands and still has family in the region, so working in Lichfield will be something of a return to familiar ground for him.

Nick is looking forward to starting his new work in September. He says, “I am really excited to be joining the Lichfield Diocese at such an important time in the development of your strategic framework.”

Bishop Micheal says, “I very much look forward to working with Nick as we develop our direction of travel through the new strategic framework. His wisdom, energy, focus and humanity will help us all serve our people better as we follow Christ in the footsteps of St Chad.”

Julie Jones says, “I feel incredibly happy that Nick has said yes to our offer. He brings warmth, enthusiasm and a real sense of calling to the role and I am sure the autumn will be a stimulating time for us all”.

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