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/ 20 April 2020

Catherine Pickford to be next Archdeacon of Northolt

The next Archdeacon of Northolt is to be the Revd Catherine Pickford, currently Priest in Charge of St Mary the Virgin, Stannington, and Continuing Ministerial Development Officer for the Diocese of Newcastle.

Previously, Catherine was a Team Rector in Benwell in inner city Newcastle, where she was also a Police Chaplain and was deeply involved in youth and interfaith work.

She is a member of General Synod and Chair of the House of Clergy in the Diocese of Newcastle. She writes occasional articles for the Church Times and was a contributor to the book Northern Gospel, Northern Church, exploring themes of regional identity.

Catherine Pickford said:

“I am delighted to have been invited to become the new Archdeacon of Northolt.  I am looking forward to working with clergy, parishes, and deaneries to share the good news of Jesus Christ in our communities. Northumberland to North West London will be a big change, and there will be a host of new experiences.  I look forward to learning about this wonderfully diverse part of the capital and becoming part of discerning the London 2030 vision together.”

Catherine is married to John, a sculptor, and they have three school age children.

The Rt Revd Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London, greeted the appointment by saying:

“I am very pleased to announce Catherine’s appointment as the new Archdeacon of Northolt. I am certain that, under the stewardship of the Bishop of Willesden, Catherine will provide clear-sighted guidance, leadership and vision to the Archdeaconry, as well as supporting the mission of the Diocese of London. Catherine’s commitment to the service of the Church and to the members of the communities in the Diocese of Newcastle is highly commendable, and I am sure she will leave an indelible legacy.”

The news was also welcomed by the Bishop of Newcastle, The Rt Revd Christine Hardman:

“I am delighted that the Church has discerned God’s call on Catherine to be the next Archdeacon of Northolt, and I am sure that she will be a blessing to the Diocese of London. Catherine’s ministry in her parish and diocesan roles has been deeply valued for many years in the Diocese of Newcastle, and she will be greatly missed. Catherine leaves with our love, and we hold her and her family in our prayers as they prepare for their move to London.

The Archdeaconry of Northolt comprises the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow and Hillingdon. The Area Bishop is the Rt Revd Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden, who commented:

“It’s exciting to have Catherine joining the team here in Willesden. I know that she brings a wealth of experience and a real commitment to teamwork, to the poor, and to enabling the flourishing of all. I look forward to welcoming her on board and to working with her.”

The new Archdeacon will take up her appointment in September.

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