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Archbishop of Canterbury appoints Director of Communications

Mrs Ailsa Anderson, the Archbishop's new Director of Communications.

Friday 20th September 2013

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is delighted to announce the appointment of Ailsa Anderson LVO as Director of Communications at Lambeth Palace. Mrs Anderson is currently the Communications and Press Secretary to The Queen.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is delighted to announce the appointment of Ailsa Anderson LVO as Director of Communications at Lambeth Palace. Mrs Anderson is currently the Communications and Press Secretary to the Queen.
Mrs Anderson will be the primary spokesperson for the Archbishop, and a member of his senior team at Lambeth Palace. She will manage the Lambeth Palace communications team, overseeing day to day contact with the media as well as driving and developing strategic communications. 
As Director for Communications, Mrs Anderson will be tasked with developing strategic-level communications to support the Archbishop of Canterbury in his ministry. The role has responsibility not only to oversee how the Archbishop is represented to the press, but also to provide him with regular advice and guidance where the media are concerned.
Mrs Anderson will also be the ‘convenor’ of the communications heads at Church House, the Anglican Communion Office, and Bishopthorpe.
A former newspaper journalist, Mrs Anderson brings extensive experience of public relations. She was appointed Communications and Press Secretary to the Queen in October 2010, having been Deputy Press Secretary to the Queen and Head of News at Buckingham Palace since June 2007. From May 2001 to June 2007, she was Assistant Press Secretary to the Queen. Mrs Anderson has also acted as Press Secretary to two ministers of state and a cabinet minister.
Mrs Anderson will take up the role in December. The exact date is yet to be finalised.
Speaking about the appointment, Archbishop Justin said: “Ailsa Anderson is one of the most experienced and distinguished Communications Directors of our time. I am absolutely delighted and honoured that she has chosen to use her great skills and experience in the service of the Church, and greatly look forward to working with her.”

Mrs Anderson will be the primary spokesperson for the Archbishop, and a member of his senior team at Lambeth Palace.

She will manage the Lambeth Palace communications team, overseeing day to day contact with the media as well as driving and developing strategic communications. The role has responsibility not only to oversee how the Archbishop is represented to the press, but also to provide him with regular advice and guidance where the media are concerned.

A former newspaper journalist, Mrs Anderson brings extensive experience of public relations. She was appointed Communications and Press Secretary to The Queen in October 2010, having been Deputy Press Secretary to Her Majesty and Head of News at Buckingham Palace since June 2007. From May 2001 to June 2007, she was Assistant Press Secretary to The Queen. Mrs Anderson has also acted as Press Secretary to two ministers of state and a cabinet minister.

Mrs Anderson will take up the role in December. The exact date is yet to be finalised.

Speaking about the appointment, Archbishop Justin said: “Ailsa Anderson is an experienced and distinguished communications director with an exceptional record of service. I am absolutely delighted and honoured that she has chosen to use her great skills and experience in the service of the Church, and greatly look forward to working with her.”


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