The tasks undertaken by today’s churchwardens are many and varied. Health and safety, security, administration and the day-to-day running of the church are just some of the responsibilities held by churchwardens. Whether you are new to the role or not some of this can seem incredibly daunting.
However, with a little help and guidance and the right tools to help you understand your responsibilities it need not be.
“There is not much we haven’t seen over the last 130 years so we are well placed to offer advice and guidance to our church customers on topics such as health and safety, security and church events.” Michael Angell, Church Operations Director for Ecclesiastical Insurance, explained.
The specialist insurer has a wealth of resources available to churches for free on its website www.ecclesiastical.com as well as a risk management helpline available to its church customers.
“While there is a lot of information on our website, we understand that sometimes having someone to talk things through with is really needed. Of course, our church team is always at the end of the phone but we also know the value of having someone come to the church, which is why we recruited our church insurance consultants.”
Ecclesiastical’s church insurance consultants (CICs) are based across the UK and are a local point of contact for the insurer’s church customers. The CIC team works closely with Dioceses, Archdeacons and Area Deans to support diocesan and related events, sharing their in-depth knowledge of insurance and
other issues such as risk management.
Alongside this, they are available to host and facilitate networking events and risk management seminars at parish level.
Meet your Ecclesiastical Church Insurance Consultants…
Chris Brudenell (Wales & SW England)
With a background in both insurance and the not-for-profit sector, Chris had a great starting point for his role as a church insurance consultant. Drawing on his experience as an events manager for a national Christian charity, he is well prepared for attending and running training sessions.
Chris began his insurance career working with church and charity policies, risk management and health and safety issues, so he has a deep understanding of churches and their insurance and risk management concerns.
He spends his spare time with his family in Wales, and enjoys running and live music.
Rebecca Chantler (South East)
Rebecca has spent many years in the insurance industry including working as an Ecclesiastical church surveyor. Her passion for delivering excellent customer service and her knowledge of churches provides the perfect combination for her role as a church insurance consultant.
During her time as a surveyor, Rebecca provided detailed insurance valuations to Ecclesiastical’s customers. She worked as the local Ecclesiastical representative for the Chichester and Canterbury dioceses, giving specific risk management advice and attending diocesan training events.
After work, Rebecca enjoys spending quality family time with her partner, two children and two French Bulldogs.
Lynne Ingham (Midlands)
Lynne’s 30-year career in insurance and a lifetime of involvement in the church family has been great preparation for her role as a church insurance consultant. Lynne enjoys meeting dedicated church volunteers, and using her risk management experience to assist them with their insurance responsibilities.
With a background in insurance within the hospitality industry, Lynne appreciates the similar challenges faced by both pubs and churches in the current economic climate, as well as their significance in the community.
In her spare time, Lynne enjoys singing in her local choir and loves being at home with family and friends.
Kay Short (North)
Kay started her career in underwriting so has in-depth insurance knowledge. She has built on this throughout her career, moving into advisory roles in both insurance and risk management.
Recently, Kay spent a year with the Leeds Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) helping parishes look at how church buildings are used for mission, and thinking creatively about their future use. Kay’s experience in insurance, risk management and close work with Leeds DBF is ideal for her role as church insurance consultant.
Kay was recently licensed as a reader and has served on PCCs, core groups and as churchwarden.
Derek Stancombe (Parts of SW and Midlands)
Derek has had a long career in insurance, spending many years in insurance broking in both the UK and Australia. Since joining Ecclesiastical in 2004, Derek has assisted over 300 churches and charities with insurance and risk management reviews, so he brings great experience to his role as a church insurance consultant. Derek is delighted to bring together his passion for the church with his interest in insurance and risk management. He has also studied theology, and has previously worked at missionary radio station FEBA.
He lives with his family in Worcestershire, and enjoys oil and acrylic painting in his spare time.
If you would like to talk to your local church insurance consultant email us at firstname.lastname@example.org