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/ 12 June 2015

Emma Davies appointed Registrar of St Paul’s Cathedral

Emma Davies

The Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral has announced the appointment of Emma Davies as Registrar, the senior administrative and lay officer of the Cathedral, accountable to the Chapter, with wide-ranging responsibilities affecting the day-to-day operations of the Cathedral’s life and work.

Emma is a Senior Civil Servant, currently Change Director for Defence People in the Ministry of Defence. This is the latest of the roles she has undertaken in the MoD since moving from the Ministry of Justice in 2009, which have included Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence, and Head of Business Strategy and Governance, acting as sole shareholder and Non-Executive Director for the MoD Trading Funds, including the UK Hydrographic Office. In 2013-14 Emma attended the Royal College of Defence Studies and was awarded an MA in International Relations and Security by King’s College London.

Emma originally trained and worked as a solicitor, taking an LLB with Honours from Nottingham Trent University and Law Society Finals at Guildford School of Law, before qualifying as a solicitor in 1994. Having worked for solicitors Edward Faile Neale & Co and Allen & Overy, she joined the Crown Prosecution Service, becoming a Senior Crown Prosecutor specialising in child abuse, sexual offences and youth offending.

She then undertook a number of roles in the Home Office Criminal Justice IT Department, including that of Business Architect and Communications and Marketing Manager. Emma was also Head of the Business Development Team, Social Exclusion Unit in the Department of the Deputy Prime Minister, and Head of the Crime Reduction and Partnership Delivery Unit, Government Office for London. She then served for four years in Her Majesty’s Court Service as Deputy Director in operational roles.

Announcing her appointment, the Dean of St Paul’s the Very Reverend Dr David Ison said:

“I’m very glad indeed to welcome Emma as a member of the team at St Paul’s. She brings with her a wide range of skills and experience, including managing complexity and implementing change, and is well placed to help the Cathedral as we work together to achieve our strategic plan for the next generation, building on the good work of our current Registrar.”

Emma said:

“It is a privilege to have been appointed Registrar. I am looking forward to working with the team at St Paul’s to deliver the wide range of responsibilities, serving the Chapter, as well as the wider community in and around this world famous institution and iconic building.”

After a three-week handover period alongside the present Registrar, Major-General Nicholas Cottam, Emma Davies will take up the appointment as Registrar of St Paul’s Cathedral from the end of September 2015.


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