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New Diocesan Chancellor Appointed

Bishop Tim and Cain Ormondroyd at the licensing service

Cain Ormondroyd has been licensed as the new Chancellor for the Diocese of Winchester, following a ceremony in the Chapel at Wolvesey, conducted by the Rt Rev Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester.

As Chancellor, Cain acts as the independent judge of the Consistory Court, overseeing legal issues across the Diocese, especially those which relate to the use of and alterations to church buildings and land. He will work closely with both the Diocesan Registrar and the Diocesan Advisory Committee.

Cain has extensive experience in public law, and much of his experience is in the fields of planning permission, rights of way, and property taxation. He has acted previously for the Church Commissioners, as well as for individual churches, most recently in the dioceses of Canterbury, Carlisle and Southwark.

Educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, Cain grew up in Lancaster and attended the Lancaster Royal Grammar School. He was called to the bar in 2007. He lives in London with his wife and is an active member of his local parish, St Stephen’s in Shepherd’s Bush.

The Right Rev Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester, said:

“I am delighted that Cain has accepted my invitation to become the new Diocesan Chancellor. This is an exciting time for the Diocese as we continue to place our focus firmly on mission. Cain has a wealth of experience and will provide our parishes and the Diocese as a whole with crucial support.”

Cain Ormondroyd, Chancellor of the Diocese of Winchester, said:

“I am delighted to be taking up this independent judicial role at a very exciting time for the Diocese.  Bishop Tim’s mission-focussed approach has already brought benefits and I expect that the following years will be an important period of growth.”