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'Canon Provincial' for Lupton Fawcett's Lionel Lennox


The Dean of York, the Very Revd Vivienne Faull, officiated over the Admission of six new Canons Provincial for the Diocese of York and the Northern Province at Evensong on 12 November.

The honorary title of ‘Canon Provincial’ is enshrined in The 1999 Cathedrals Measure and provides for Provincial representation to support the work of York Minster.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, presented four of the new canons for Admission at Thursday’s service.

They are:

  • Caroline Boddington, to be appointed Canon Provincial of York in recognition of the support and wisdom as Archbishops’ Secretary for Appointments
  • Lionel Lennox, to be appointed Canon Provincial of York in recognition of the support and wisdom as Registrar of the Province and Diocese of York and advisor on matters of ecclesiastical law
  • Sir Philip Mawer to be appointed Canon Provincial of York in recognition of the support and wisdom through a series of Symposia and in relation to matters on the Church of England agenda
  • The Revd Professor Oliver O’Donovan to be appointed Canon Provincial and Provincial Theologian of York in recognition of the support and wisdom through a series of Symposia and in relation to matters on the Church of England agenda.

Admission services for the remaining two new Canons Provincial - Frank Field, the Labour Member of Parliament for Birkenhead and Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust - will be held later.

Commenting on the service, Vivienne Faull said that the appointment of the new Canons Provincial, recognises their outstanding commitment, support and contribution to the life of the Church, their communities and to wider society over many years. She said, “These appointments allow a place of affection and friendship to be created in our life for those members of the extended Minster family with whom we have a special regard or relationship, but who may not be resident in the Diocese of York or in the Northern Province.

“The honorary title of Canon Provincial allows us in particular to recognise individuals who made a distinguished contribution to the building up of Church and society, not least in the North of England, and to honour our links with other churches within the Anglican Communion and beyond.”

Biographical details

Caroline Boddington

is the Archbishops' Secretary for Appointments. She coordinates the processes for making senior appointments in the Church of England.

The Rt Hon Frank Field MP

is the elected Member of Parliament for Birkenhead. Frank has served the Church as a member of General Synod and chaired the Church of England’s Conservation Trust. His great passion is campaigning against poverty and low pay. For more information visit frankfield.com

Lionel Lennox

is a solicitor and notary public and a Director and Member of Lupton Fawcett. He is a leading national specialist in ecclesiastical law having been Registrar of both the Province and Diocese of York for twenty seven years, and is now the Deputy Registrar for both the Diocese and Province of York and Registrar of Sodor and Man. He is an appointed member of the Legal Advisory Commission of the General Synod and also serves on its Rules Committee. He is a Registrar of Tribunals for the Province of York. For more information visit luptonfawcett.com

Sir Philip Mawer

is the Chairman of Allchurches Trust Ltd, the charitable owner of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group. He is currently also a member of the Advisory Committee on the regulation of the Notarial profession and of the Business Committee of the General Council of the University of Edinburgh. In November 2014 he was appointed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to be the Independent Reviewer of grievances and concerns arising from the consecration of women as bishops. He chaired a series of the Archbishop’s Symposia, contributing to the 2015 ‘On Rock or Sand’ publication.

The Revd Professor Oliver O’Donovan

is Emeritus Professor of Christian Ethics (University of Edinburgh) and has been an Honorary Professor of Divinity at the University of St Andrews since 2013. He has served the Church of England as a member of the General Synod, the Board for Social Responsibility, the Doctrine Commission, the Faith and Order Advisory Group and most recently as part of the Archbishop’s Symposia, contributing to the 2015 ‘On Rock or Sand’ publication.

Julia Unwin CBE

is Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. She has made outstanding contributions to social policy and the voluntary sector in the UK. She has supported the Archbishop’s Symposia, contributing to the 2015 ‘On Rock or Sand’ publication. For more information visit jrf.org.uk

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