Bishop Martin has appointed a new leader of the Church of England in the county


Bishop Martin has appointed a new leader of the Church of England in the county who is looking forward to playing his part in helping the Church to flourish.  The Rt Rev Martin Seeley, Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, has chosen Gavin Bultitude to be the next Diocesan Secretary.

The position is the one of most senior posts within the Church of England in Suffolk and includes helping the Bishop’s senior management team to lead on strategic planning, shaping policy as well managing the Diocesan Office in Ipswich.

Bishop Martin said: “I am delighted to appoint Gavin to this key role, I know he will make a real difference in supporting the life of our church communities across Suffolk. Gavin has a strong background across a range of sectors, and his skills will be invaluable in supporting us, building on the excellent work of our current Diocesan Secretary Anna Hughes who is retiring from the role after contributing so much to the organisation.”

Gavin, who lives in Suffolk, said: “I am so excited to be taking up this role. I know the challenges we face are real, but I hope I can play my part in overcoming them and building a flourishing Church in Suffolk. I’m looking forward to starting in August, and hope that before then I can meet more of you, visit your churches, and better understand the issues that you face.”

Gavin was born in Buckinghamshire in 1965, and attended state schools there, in Kent, and in Slough. He studied Human Science at the University of Sussex where he was involved in student politics and was vice president of the Students’ Union. After gaining his degree Gavin trained as an accountant at John Moore’s University in Liverpool and started a career in the NHS, which culminated with the post of Finance Director of North Norfolk Primary Care Trust. 

Gavin moved to Suffolk in 2003 to start working for Suffolk County Council where he has held a number of senior positions in Finance, Children’s Services, and Adult Social Care.  He has been married to Eileen, for almost ten years, and has two grown up children from a previous relationship.  Gavin studied theology at the London School of Theology and has also undertaken mission work in the Philippines.  Outside of work Gavin and Eileen like travelling, cycling (slowly) in the Suffolk countryside, and time with friends and family. 

The new appointment comes as the current chairman of the Diocesan Board of Finance Mark Pendlington is stepping down after many years of service in this key voluntary role for the Church of England.

Bishop Martin said: “It has been an immense pleasure to work with Mark who has done so much during his time in office. He has worked tirelessly to support the work of the Church.”

His successor is the former High Sheriff of Suffolk for 2021/2022 Edward Creasy. Edward is Suffolk born and bred and has lived in the county for 38 years.  He has had a 40-year business career, he was Chief Executive of Kiln plc and is currently Chairman of the Charles Taylor Group. He is one of the most long-standing members of the charity, Pilotlight, and was a trustee of Street Child. He has been heavily involved in supporting and helping local Suffolk charities, the Diocese and other institutions.

He said: “I am delighted to have been given the honour of becoming Chairman of the Diocesan Board of Finance at such an exciting time and very much look forward to working with the Bishop’s Council and the Diocesan Office. There are outstanding initiatives taking place across Suffolk to grow the Church’s influence and reach and it is a privilege to be part of the team working on them.”


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