New Communications Director joins the Diocese


Jim Butterworth has been appointed as our new Director of Communications. Jim grew up in Boothstown, Salford and has a wealth of experience in the communications field. His previous roles include Head of Communication in the Diocese of Gloucester, Senior Communications Officer in the Diocese of Bath and Wells, and as an independent radio Broadcast Producer and as a Broadcast Assistant for BBC Radio 2.

Jim will be tasked with making sure that communications from Church House departments and Foxhill are coordinated and are as effective as they can be. He will be responsible for supporting communications requests from parishes and in developing training to assist parishes in furthering their mission. He will also act as the media advisor to the Bishops, the wider Diocese and Board of Education. 

Bishop Peter said; “Jim was appointed from very strong group of candidates for this role. He impressed the interview panel with his passion for the church and its mission. His work in this field is an outworking of his own faith journey. He has a track record in dealing with major media stories and significant skills in inspiring and supporting parishes and clergy. Jim is current in best practice in the communications field, including social media, and his vision and expertise means he will be a valuable resource for the Bishops and Diocese."

Jim said; “Growing up in the North West means I appreciate the diverse communities of Cheshire, the Wirral and Greater Manchester. It will be a privilege to follow the call to help the Diocese of Chester, its parishes, clergy and schools communicate the Good News as effectively as possible.  I’m excited to see where this next stage of my professional and spiritual journey leads me. I look forward to getting to know you all.”

Jim will take up his new role on 5th June 2018. Until then please use David Marshall as the contact point for communications as listed on the website.

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