The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has appointed Louise Connacher of Lupton Fawcett as registrar for the Diocese of York and legal secretary to the Archbishop.
Louise has spent the past seven months as acting registrar, following the sudden death of previous incumbent and Lupton Fawcett lawyer Caroline Mockford in March this year.
Louise has more than 25 years’ experience as a lawyer, primarily in the areas of employment and ecclesiastical law. She acts for individual clients on matters including safeguarding, clergy discipline and data protection and delivers seminars and training for ecclesiastical clients.
She is also registrar of the Diocese of Sodor and Man, which covers the Isle of Man, and a deputy registrar in the Dioceses of Leeds and Blackburn.
Archbishop Sentamu said: “Louise has done exceptional work and has been a great blessing to the Diocese in these difficult months while we, and she, came to terms with the sudden death of Caroline Mockford. It’s a great blessing to be able to confirm her appointment now and I know that she will continue to be a source of wise counsel and sound advice.”
Louise said: “After 25 years practising primarily as an employment lawyer, I am privileged to serve the church in this exciting and fulfilling role of Diocesan Registrar. I am very much looking forward to continuing to work with the Archbishop and the staff at Bishopthorpe and the Diocesan Office.”