The Church of England Diocese of Durham has appointed its new Diocesan Secretary.

The Rt Revd Paul Butler has announced that Edward Gorringe (55) will be the new Diocesan Secretary, (the senior executive officer of the diocese) and will take up his post on the 1st October 2018.

Edward who is an ordained Anglican Priest and currently the Chief Executive of a Mental Health Charity in his native Northern Ireland said: “I originally trained in London as an accountant and worked in finance for a number of years. I then moved into more general management roles and have held senior positions in central government, local government and the voluntary sector. For the past five years, I have worked in the mental health sector as a charity chief executive.

“My faith has always been a very important part of my life, and I am currently a non-stipendiary priest in the Church of Ireland. For the past ten years, I have served both at home and abroad as an Army Reserve Chaplain.”

Edward was educated at Queen’s University, Belfast and went on to gain an MBA from Strathclyde Graduate Business School. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has also studied company direction and theology.

He said: “My greatest hope for the role is that I will play a part in the Diocese achieving the outcomes set out in its strategic vision (‘plan on a page’).

“If I can say that I have helped to transform Communities, Churches, and lives, then I will be very happy indeed.

“I am most looking forward to meeting new people in the Diocese and getting to know and understand them.

“What motivates me is helping others to lead more satisfying and fulfilling lives. Sharing my faith is a large part of this, but I also seek to address injustice and inequality.”

Bishop Paul said: “I am delighted that Edward has agreed to join us. He brings a broad range of skills that are very applicable to the diocese, and I am looking forward to working with him in the coming years.”

Edward is married to Jennifer and has two grown-up children living in the North East of England. He says that he is usually a busy person but what little leisure time there is available he likes to spend with his wife getting away on their motorcycles. He is currently a voluntary trustee of a local enterprise organisation and Mental Health UK.   


  1. The Diocesan Secretary is the senior executive officer in the diocese, working with the bishop, and helping to coordinate and implement diocesan strategy and policy and manage the relationship with the Diocesan Synod and Canonical structures.
  2. The appointment of Edward Gorringe is made following the resignation of Andrew Thurston who held the post for 4.5 years.