Chapter Canon takes up national role
16th September 2014
The Archbishops’ Council has appointed Hannah Foster as the new Human Resources Director for the National Church Institutions.
Hannah is currently a Canon of Exeter Cathedral.
In her new role Hannah Foster will be responsible both for delivering an HR service to the Council, the Church Commissioners, the Pensions Board and the Archbishops and for policy in relation to the terms of service and remuneration of the Church of England’s clergy.
Welcoming the appointment William Fittall, Secretary General to the Archbishops’ Council said: “I am delighted that we shall be welcoming Hannah to the Church House team in mid- November. The adoption of a more professional approach to human resources issues has been one of the more notable developments across the Church of England over the past decade. Hannah’s varied experience in a major international company and her active engagement in various areas of Church of England life mean that she is well placed to make a significant contribution in her new role.”
Hannah said “I have always seen work as a vocation. I am delighted to be working formally for the Church in my new role. I hope that I can work with and for all parts of our Church, and its people to the greater good.”
Hannah, who is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, has spent much of her professional career at Pearson PLC, the FTSE 100 education company. Hannah’s career has taken her across different businesses within the Pearson Group including the Financial Times, FT.com and Penguin books before moving to the service side of the business related to UK Government contracts.
Hannah is a committed Anglican and over the years has been a member of PCCs, a Deanery Synod and is currently a Chapter Canon at Exeter Cathedral and chair of their Personnel Committee. Hannah gives employment advice to a number of Charities and is a member of Exeter’s Employment and Skills Board. She has fund raised for several charities, worked in homeless shelters, voluntarily nursed at a home in Delhi and dug a well in Uganda.
Hannah is married to David, a retired Royal Naval Officer who is now a farmer in Devon.
The Dean of Exeter Cathedral, the Very Revd Jonathan Draper, said: “I’m delighted for Hannah and for the Church of England that she has been appointed to this role. She will bring huge experience, real wisdom and a proper compassion to her work that we have found invaluable here in Exeter. Though she will continue to assist the Cathedral in its own HR work, sadly the appointment also means that Hannah will have to come off Chapter after nearly 6 years of excellent service. We will miss her voice around the Chapter table, but delighted she will be able to continue to be a part of our life in other ways.
And the Bishop of Exeter, Rt Revd Robert Atwell, said: “We are all delighted at Hannah’s new post, but sad to lose her. Her experience and professionalism will find a ready welcome in the national Church. We wish her well in her new post.”