Ian joins the MMS Team as Mission Partner Learning Co-ordinator. (Picture: Keith Blundy)

The newest member of the Mission and Ministry Support team at Cuthbert House is Ian Goulding.

Ian joined the team at the beginning of April and will be focusing his time on the Waymark 2019 Diocesan Conference. Historically, Ian was a chemistry graduate and worked as a research scientist and had a commercial career in biotechnology before 20 years working for the Royal Mail, latterly as Head of e-commerce responsible for over £700m of business.

Ian said: “I am delighted to be joining the team and very much looking forward to helping to ensure the Waymark Conference on October 12/13th 2019 is a great success.

“My role as Mission Partner Learning Co-ordinator is focused on delivering a great conference that helps us to listen, learn and understand where God is leading us next in the Durham Diocese.”

Ian who is married to Karen and has two grown-up sons, first came to faith when one of his sons was about to be baptised and he attended baptism classes. Ian says: “I am a PCC member at St Mary’s & St Cuthbert’s in Chester-le-street and I am also a baptism visitor.  I started to go to church in the first place when we were preparing for one of my son’s baptisms.

“Since giving up work in November 2016, I have taken on various volunteer roles including with the blessing of St Mary and St Cuthbert in Chester le Street, the setting up of a Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Job Club assisting the unemployed. CAP helps to improve people’s confidence and self-worth as well as providing practical assistance with CV’s, job applications and interview techniques. In the last two years, we have assisted over 60 job seekers, given them a relationship with Church while demonstrating to Job Centre Plus Christians can play a crucial part in helping the unemployed.

“I have been active in my local church for over 20 years as a PCC member, Baptism visitor, and a Sweaty Church group leader.

“The rest of my time is taken up by running ( I’m an Event Director of Riverside Parkrun and member of Birtley Athletics Club), I am a volunteer advisor for Citizens Advice, and I enjoy getting involved in the local community. Among the things I do is to act as a public representative on a board awarding European Union funds to boost employment and in the Area Action Partnership. In my spare time, I enjoy walking.”

The Revd Canon Sophie Jelley, Director of Mission, Ministry and Discipleship for the Diocese said: “I am delighted to welcome Ian to the team. His experience in business and involvement in church and community will be a fantastic addition and will help us ensure that the Diocesan Conference Waymark 2019 is the best it can be.”

Ian joins the team as Mission Partner Learning Coordinator taking over from James McCardle who has taken up a full-time role outside the diocese.