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Bray Parishioner Elected Chair of CMSI Board

Bray Parishioner Elected Chair of CMSI Board
David Reynolds lights Advent candles in Christ Church, Bray, with Antony Njoroge of the Tumaini African Foundation in Nairobi.

On Saturday last, April 24, the Annual General Meeting of the Church Mission Society Ireland saw the appointment of a new chair of the society’s board, as well as the election of a number of new trustees.

David Reynolds, a parishioner of Christ Church, Bray and a Diocesan Reader in the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough, was elected as chair of the CMSI Board of Trustees. He succeeds the Revd Adrian Dorrian (Lecale Area Mission Partnership; Down & Dromore), whose six–year term as chair came to an end at the AGM.

David has been as a CMSI trustee for the past nine years and has served as company secretary since 2017. He has visited and hosted some of CMSIs’ Global Partners during this time and was instrumental in helping develop the society’s current strategic plan. For the past nine years, David has worked as the CEO of Dublin Central Mission’s Services to the Older Person.

In addition to David’s appointment as chair, the CMSI AGM elected five trustees – four of whom are joining the board for the first time:

·     The Revd Canon Patrick Bamber – Rector of Calry Parish, Sligo

·     The Right Revd Richard Clarke – former Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland

·     Mrs Hilda Connolly – Diocesan Youth Officer for the United Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross

·     Mrs Joanne Quill – former CMSI Mission Partner (Kenya and Uganda)

Prof Frank Dobbs (Agherton Parish; Derry & Raphoe) was re–elected to the board for a new three–year term.

Speaking about the change in leadership of the board, CMSI’s Mission Director, Jenny Smyth said: “It has been a real privilege to have Adrian as chair of CMSI over the past six years. Adrian has been exceedingly generous with his time and skills and endlessly supportive to me and the staff team. I am delighted that David will now lead the society onwards. He has worked with great dedication as a trustee and he brings a wealth of experience of both the Church of Ireland and the charitable sector.

“I am thankful for the faithful service of the trustees whose terms have come to an end, and full of hopeful expectation for what God has in store for the CMSI family over the next few years with our new trustees under David’s leadership,” she continued.

CMSI Board of Trustees

David Reynolds (Chair)

Revd Canon Patrick Bamber

Maureen Clarke

Right Revd Richard Clarke

Hilda Connolly

Prof Frank Dobbs

Will Grier

Ruth Mann Gracious Nyamupachitu

Joanne Quill

Louise Talbot Beirne

Revd Capt Geoffrey Walmsley

Very Revd Geoff Wilson


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