Betty Renshaw steps down as chair of DBF 2015


undefinedBetty Renshaw has come to the end of her term as chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance after serving in the role since 2006. A long-term member of St Michael's, West Kirby, where she has served in a variety of roles, including treasurer and secretary of the PCC, Betty is currently the parish gift aid officer. And she continues to serve as: a lay member of General Synod; a member of Bishop's Council; a director of the Diocesan Board of Education; and a director of the Chester Academies Trust.

Betty (pictured above) was born in and grew up in Ireland until she was aged 15, when she moved to London to study mathematics and book-keeping. She joined Lloyds Bank in the late 1950s – part of a recruitment drive for young staff.

She worked in local government in Wirral for 33 years, and for 21 years as a school business manager at Woodchurch High School (now a C of E academy). She was awarded an MBE for services to education in 2008 and appointed a lay canon of Chester Cathedral in the same year. 

Married to Matt, a retired electronics engineer, the couple have three grown-up children and six grandchildren.

Betty said of her time at the helm of the Diocesan Board of Finance: “Our key focus has been on retaining clergy numbers while dealing with the financial crash of 2008 and onwards. The Diocese of Chester has managed to keep clergy in post in good numbers right through the financially troubled years.

“It was a great honour for to have been asked to take on the role. I was the first woman in the post, so it was a courageous choice by the bishop. I have thoroughly enjoyed the work.”

After stepping down she was thanked for her work by Bishop Peter during the Eucharistic service at Diocesan Synod held back in November. Betty was also presented with a gift of vouchers for the Cheshire Oaks retail outlet.

George Colville, our Diocesan Secretary said: It’s been a pleasure and privilege to work closely with Betty over the years, particularly during her time as Chair of the DBF. As well as sharing her gifts and insights in management, finance and administration, she has also been kind, considerate, and encouraging to me. I look forward to the future with her as a valued friend and fellow worker for Christ in this diocese.”

Bishop Peter said: “During Betty’s time of office we have had one of the best DBF chairs in the country, and undoubtedly the most elegant. Betty has an ongoing and very significant role in the wider church, through the Church Commissioners and the General Synod. We look forward to her continued contribution to the life of the diocese.”

Betty with husband Matt - pictured on holiday