Audit and Risk Committee

The Audit and Risk Committee is part of the new Cathedral Measure 2021. It enables Chapter members to meet their responsibilities by providing independent oversight of the Cathedral’s systems of internal control, risk management and financial reporting, and through supervision of the quality, independence and effectiveness of both the internal and external auditors.

Judi Newman

Judi has been a Lay Canon of St Edmundsbury Cathedral since 2022, with a particular interest in supporting the bereaved in our community. She is Chief Executive of St Elizabeth Hospice which serves the population of Ipswich, East Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney. After a degree in Religious Studies at King’s College London, Judi’s career has focused on fundraising and philanthropy, working for international, national and local charities and serving on a number of charitable boards. She is a current Board member of the East of England Co-operative Society and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Suffolk.

Paul Torrington

Paul was born in County Durham and read Modern Languages at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he also sang in the choir. He spent his career in the insurance industry, specialising in political risk and working mainly with French, German and Italian clients. He retired in 2021. Paul is involved with his local church, Holton St Mary where he sits on the PCC and acts as Churchwarden and Treasurer. He is a Governor of the Royal Hospital School and is a Trustee of Brass for Africa, a UK-registered charity working with highly disadvantaged young people in Uganda, teaching them music and life-skills. He is also a director of the Festival of Suffolk, the organisation which was responsible the celebrations around the Platinum Jubilee of her late Majesty the Queen in 2022. He occasionally sings with the cathedral choir.


Jonathan moved to Suffolk from London in 1988 after graduating with a degree in Agricultural Economics from Exeter University and having trained as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. He quickly became involved in his local church at Haughley, serving on its PCC for ten years, six as Treasurer. He continues in his role as a bellringer. The accountancy firm he joined in 1988 became auditors to the diocese and, following a merger of firms, he became responsible for the Cathedral’s audit for two years. Gaining a further qualification as an Estate and Trust Practitioner, he has been running his own accountancy practice for the last fourteen years. From 2010 until 2021, he served on the Finance and Investment Committee of the Diocese.  Jonathan also acts as a trustee of the Alfred Williams Charitable Trust, a Suffolk based grant making charity.

Justin Rabett

Justin Rabett is an innovative and strategic senior manager with a career in developing and delivering new European market propositions in document management and cloud workflow automation. Most recently, Justin has been working on the Bishop’s Council which forms the Trustee Board of the Diocesan Board of Finance of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich in the Church of England. His main contribution has been financial strategy, marketing and communications. Until 2020, Justin worked as the Head of Digital Strategy in Business Process and Application Services (BP&AS) at Ricoh Europe, responsible for conception and delivery of the new business line strategy and developing the vision for the next three years. Justin is churchwarden at Hargrave Church on and off since 2005 so brings plenty of practical experience from the sharp end.

Chris Cumberbatch

Chris is a senior solicitor and qualified trust and estate practitioner at Ashtons Legal LLP. He was a founding trustee of the Suffolk Law Centre, and helps manage their elderly client legal clinics. He also holds a research masters in charity law and is a senior visiting fellow in law at the University of Suffolk, where he lectures in equity and trusts. Chris loves gospel music and formerly sang as lead tenor with the Ipswich Community Gospel Choir.


Mark Pendlington Senior Non Executive Member of Chapter

Mark has been an active member of the Church of England for over 50 years, most recently as Chair of the St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Diocesan Board of Finance. He has extensive experience of working across the public and private sectors including in industry, national and regional voluntary organisations, further and higher education, economic development bodies, local enterprise partnerships, and academia, many with UK, EU and international dimensions. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk and is High Sheriff of Suffolk (in nomination) for 2023/2024.

Sarah-Jane Allison


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