Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee is required to review the diversity of the membership of the Chapter and recommend how the Chapter can address any lack of diversity identified when it appoints new members. Whilst diversity encompasses age, disability, gender, race and sexual orientation, it can also include diversity of socio-economic background.

Edward Wild

Edward Wild read Theology at Keble College, Oxford and subsequently taught Religious Studies and Politics and worked for national charities. He has advised a wide range of charities, schools and membership bodies on senior and board appointments since 2004. He has been the Managing Director of Wild Search since 2010. Edward is a trustee of the Royal School of Church Music, a governor of St Pauls Cathedral School and a Council member of the Suffolk Agricultural Association.

Sue Hughes | St Edmundsbury Cathedral Chapter

Sue spent 27 years involved with criminal justice in the police and Magistrates’ Courts. More recently she has shifted her focus to health & social justice, serving as Lay member of the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership, Board member of Healthwatch Suffolk and Independent Chair of two separate groups working together to make Suffolk a dementia friendly county. She is a member of the finance and nominations committees and Chapter Lead for social action & inclusion.

Gavin Stone

Gavin served the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich as an employee for 18 years. The first five were in an advisory role to the then Bishops, holding a national representative role, before fulfilling several senior administrative roles. He supported the Cathedral with the planning and delivery of major events including the Royal Maundy Service in 2009 and Archbishop’s Centenary year visit in 2014. Gavin is Chief Executive Officer of the children and young people’s charity 4YP and continues to serve the Church as a Lay Minister.

Neil Watts

Neil was born in Lancashire, read Economics at Magdalene College, Cambridge and has lived in Mid Suffolk since 1978. He was a secondary school headteacher in Suffolk for 21 years and also worked in both advertising regulation at the ASA and press regulation at IPSO. He was a founder member of the board of Ofqual and a lay member of the Architects Registration Board. Neil is currently a Council Member of the Alpha Plus Group, on the Board of Saffron Housing Trust, and a Member of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Multi Academy Trust.