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/ 5 December 2012

New Archdeacon of Northolt announced

The Church of England’s Olympic and Paralympic Executive Coordinator is to become the new Archdeacon of Northolt, the Bishop of London has announced today. The Revd Canon Duncan Green, who from 2007 oversaw the Church of England’s involvement at the London 2012 Games, will be installed at St Paul’s Cathedral and will take on the role from April 2013.

As well as representing the Church of England during the Summer Games, Duncan was also seconded to the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games as a faith adviser and then in Spring of 2010 became their head of multi-faith chaplaincy services; a role in which he oversaw the chaplaincy service for 20,000 athletes and officials, 200,000 staff and volunteers as well as 26,000 reporters and broadcasters.

Duncan will be one of six archdeacons in the Diocese of London and will work closely with the Bishop of Willesden, the Rt Revd Pete Broadbent, in the Willesden area which includes the Boroughs of Brent, Harrow, Ealing and Hillingdon.

Speaking about his new role in North West London, Duncan said:

"I am delighted to be joining the London Diocese and look forward to working in and getting to know the Willesden area, with its vibrant culture and multi-faith community. I’m pleased that I will have the opportunity to be part of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy for London especially as my role includes a diocesan interfaith brief."

An engineer by profession, Duncan started out as a sales director for an agricultural engineering company in Surrey, before beginning his training for the clergy at Salisbury and Wells Theological College. He then worked as a Curate in Uckfield in Sussex after his ordination in 1984, before joining the Diocese of Chelmsford as a Diocese Youth Officer in 1987.

He worked with young people through the next decade and in 1996 worked to establish St Mark’s College Residential Youth Centre at Audley End, which involved a major renovation of an historic 13th century building. He then moved on to become Team Rector of Saffron Walden, where he stayed from 1996 to 2007, becoming Rural Dean of Saffron Walden in 2000.

Duncan is married to Janet and they have three grown up children Adam, Anna and Christine. He enjoys sailing, and has been active in the sail training world. His other love is a 1931 Morris, which he has been restoring for a number of years.

The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres said:

"I am delighted that Duncan is joining the London Team after such a remarkable contribution to the London Olympics. The Chaplaincy Service with which he was so involved set new standards for the Olympic movement and we are very fortunate to be welcoming someone with a proven track record in building alliances with secular bodies."

Welcoming Duncan to the Willesden area, The Bishop of Willesden, Pete Broadbent said:

"The role of Archdeacon of Northolt is demanding and strategic, with responsibility for four London Boroughs and 100 plus churches. Duncan is admirably suited to this role, and I’m looking forward to working with him. His entrepreneurial skills and big picture approach are just what we’ve been looking for. An exciting appointment."

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