CANON Sheila Bamber is going back to her roots.
Canon Bamber is leaving her position at St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle after being appointed Canon Provost at Sunderland Minster, a role which will involve her overseing all the Minster’s activities.
Sheila, who started her working life in social housing, began her career as a clergywoman in the Durham area, later becoming the Diocese’s Director of Education, and a Canon of Durham Cathedral.
During her time as Director of Education, she worked extensively in and around Sunderland, particularly with the Venerable Bede Church of England Aided Secondary School in Ryhope and with the Benedict Biscop Church of England Primary Academy in Moorside.
“It is really good to be returning to the Diocese and to be going to work in Sunderland,” she said.
“The Minster was created at the same time as Sunderland became a city so it is very much involved in that development of the area. It is really exciting to be part of that.
“I have always been absolutely passionate about the role the church can play in the community and using our platform of faith to help people have the best possible life chances. I am looking forward to playing a part in the life of Sunderland and acting as an advocate for the people of the city.
“We have great things going on in Sunderland and it needs to have a regional presence. We have already had talks between Newcastle Cathedral and Sunderland Minster to see how we can work together for the benefit of the wider Tyne and Wear area.”
Bishop of Durham The Right Reverend Justin Welby said: “I am delighted to appoint Sheila to this important role. She brings a wealth of experience that will be a real asset to the job.
“In the interview process, Sheila’s passion for innovative ways to creating community cohesion, with strong business and spiritual leadership was most impressive. I am sure that she will be a real asset to Sunderland and the Diocese.”
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