New finance chief Geoff gets to grips with his role

The Diocese's new Chief Finance Officer Geoff Park is busy learning about the Anglican church to best understand future challenges and opportunities.

"I come from a Methodist and Baptist background and so it's fascinating to learn all about the Church of England's structures," said Geoff, who originally hails from Garsdale on the north west corner of the Yorkshire Dales.

Married to Gill, a lecturer on museums and their management, he now lives in Otley where his hobbies include 5-aside football, cycling and touring in their VW camper van.

"Everybody has been thoroughly welcoming and I'm getting a good understanding of how all the teams of people in the diocese work.

"There's lots of interesting and exciting work going on which I'm looking forward to supporting," said Geoff, who previously worked for UKAR, the Government-backed body responsible for managing the collapsed Bradford and Bingley and Northern Rock banks.

"There are lots of opportunities ahead for the Diocese, but also challenges to be resolved.

"Our main challenge is to ensure the Diocese is on a strong financial footing to meet our vision and strategies and to support all the good work going on."

KPMG-trained accountant Sajid Boota has also just joined the finance team, following 16 years with Bradford-Based social housing provider InCommunities.

"The welcome at Church House has been fantastic and everyone has been very friendly," said Sajid, who lives in Shipley, West Yorks.


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