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Lord Wilson announces retirement from Chair of St Paul’s Cathedral Council
13 February 2015
Having Chaired St Paul’s Cathedral Council since 2009, David Wilson, Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, will step down this year.
Lord Wilson announced his departure from the role at the Council’s February meeting and will leave the post after the July meeting.
Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, KT GCMG, is a retired administrator and diplomat.
For the last posting of his distinguished diplomatic career, Lord Wilson was Governor of Hong Kong (1987-92). On retirement from public service he became Chairman of Scottish Hydro-Electric and was then, for six years Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge. Among many other appointments he has also been Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen. He is a Knight of the Thistle.
Speaking of his time as Chair of the Cathedral Council, Lord Wilson said: “It has been a great privilege and a great pleasure to be Chairman of the St Paul’s Cathedral Council. It has meant working together with a group of highly talented and committed people, both clergy and lay, on the Council itself. It has also been opportunity to see at first-hand what an immense range of activities are carried out by the Cathedral, and its dedicated staff, in the service both of the Diocese of London and as a great national institution."
The Dean of St Paul’s, The Very Reverend David Ison, who also sits on the Council, added: “David Wilson has been an immensely wise, gracious and supportive Chair of the Cathedral Council, with a concern for all its members and a strong commitment to the work and mission of the Cathedral, calling us to account with generosity and warmth. His extensive experience has brought a wider perspective, including on how to balance competing priorities in difficult times, which my predecessor and I have much valued. He has also kept us alert to the importance of Scotland in our national life. Together with members of Council and the wider Cathedral community, I will miss him very much; and we pray that he and Natasha may have every blessing into the future.”
Lord Wilson will be succeeded by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, and former Lord Mayor of London, Sir David Brewer. A respected businessman, Sir David is a Justice of the Peace and Past Master of the Worshipful Companies of Merchant Taylors and Blacksmiths.
St Paul’s Cathedral Council
The Cathedral Council furthers and supports the work of the Cathedral in many capacities including spiritual, pastoral, evangelistic, missionary, social and ecumenical. It also reviews and advises upon the direction and oversight of that work by the Chapter.