The Archbishop of York, following consultation with its directors, has appointed Mr Rodney Barton to the voluntary post of Chair of The York Diocesan Board of Finance Ltd in succession to Mrs Maureen Loffill who stood down at the end of 2018.

The York Diocesan Board of Finance is the statutory body which manages the central finances of the Diocese of York and fulfils the role of employer for its central staff; its Directors are the Members of the Archbishop’s Council who in turn are the Standing Committee of the Diocesan Synod.

Charles Rodney Barton worships at All Hallows, Walkington in the East Riding of Yorkshire, and is the Lay Dean for Beverley. He is an elected member of the Diocesan Synod, and Chairs the DBF’s Investment Group, which monitors and reviews the Diocesan Investments.

In his working life, Rodney Barton has been director of the West Yorkshire Pension Fund since 2009 and is responsible for its administration including the internal management of its investments of £13,000 million. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1977 with Price Waterhouse. In 1982, he was appointed Senior Technical Assistant to the County Treasurer at Merseyside County Council until his appointment as Chief Investment Officer of the Merseyside Pension Fund in 1987. He was Head of Investments for the East Riding Pension Fund from 1995 until 2009. He is a director of GLIL Infrastructure LLP, Northern Pool GP (No 1) Limited, Montanaro European Smaller Companies plc, The York Diocesan Board of Finance Limited, and on the Executive of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum.

Diocesan Secretary Canon Peter Warry said, “We're very fortunate that Rodney has come forward to take on this demanding role and carry forward the tireless work done by Maureen Loffill in her seven years as DBF Chair. Rodney brings enormous financial experience in the commercial and public sectors and has been closely involved in the management and stewardship of the church's resources too. Above all, we know him as a man of faith and commitment to the church and its mission, and we hold him in our prayers as he takes on the Chair of our Board of Finance. ”