David Brooks is the new Diocesan Chief Operating Officer, having been appointed by His Grace, Archbishop Bernard Longley.

A former general manager of the National Trust, David joined the organisation on March 1.

He is a parishioner at Saints Peter and Paul in Brailes, near Banbury, and has been involved with the life of the Church for many years.

Before his four-year role at the National Trust, David was a senior manager for 30 years with BP, working in a variety of roles including Director of Asset Development and Head of Business Services in the UK, and Director of National Operations in South Africa.

David joins a growing number of Chief Operating Officers already in place at other Diocese’ across the country.

In his new role he will consider and direct the implementation of the Diocesan Trustees’ Strategy as it seeks to meet the challenges posed by changes in society, and by the need to reallocate resources to engage the laity more in the life of the Church. This will enable priests and deacons to focus their ministries on teaching, sanctifying, evangelising and offering pastoral care and leadership.