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Senior civil servant appointed to top administrative role at St Paul's
12 June 2015
A senior civil servant with experience across Whitehall departments has been appointed Registrar of St Paul's, the Cathedral's top administrative position.
The Cathedral Chapter is delighted to announce Emma Davies will take up the role in September 2015.
Emma will move from her position as Change Director for Defence People in the Ministry of Defence, where she has also been Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence and Head of Business Strategy and Governance. She previously worked at the Ministry of Justice.
Emma originally trained and worked as a solicitor, qualifying in 1994. She joined the Crown Prosecution Service as Senior Crown Prosecutor covering child abuse, sexual offences and youth offending. She then undertook a number of roles in the Home Office Criminal Justice IT Department and the Department of the Deputy Prime Minister. She served for four years in Her Majesty's Court Service as Deputy Director in operational roles.
In 2013-14 Emma attended the Royal College of Defence Studies and was awarded an MA in International Relations and Security by King’s College London. Emma lives with her family in Hertfordshire.
Emma's appointment as Registrar of St Paul's will see her assist the Cathedral Chapter with their executive responsibilities and to take on much responsibility for the management and development of the Cathedral.
The Very Reverend Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, said: "I’m very glad indeed to welcome Emma as a member of the team at St Paul’s. She brings with her a wide range of skills and experience, including managing complexity and implementing change, and is well placed to help the Cathedral as we work together to achieve our strategic plan for the next generation, building on the good work of our current Registrar.”
Emma said: "It is a privilege to have been appointed Registrar. I am looking forward to working with the team at St Paul's to deliver the wide range of responsibilities, serving the Chapter, as well as the wider community in and around this world famous institution and iconic building.”
Emma takes up the position on the retirement of Nicholas Cottam, Registrar since 2008.