The international Anglican mission agency USPG has announced that its chief executive, Janette O’Neill, is to retire at the end of August. Mrs O’Neill has been at the helm of the organisation for the past six years. USPG’s trustees have now begun a search for “an effective leader with strong links to the Anglican Communion” to succeed her.
“I should very much like to pay tribute to Janette for the way in which she has inspired such a vigorous development of the programmatic life of USPG,” the chair of the organisation’s trustees, Canon Chris Chivers, said. “She has made a lasting difference in the life of so many people by the way in which she has built on the strength of our global partnerships. We all wish her a happy retirement.”
Janette O’Neill’s appointment marked two “firsts” for USPG: She was the first woman and the first lay person chosen to lead the organisation in its 316-year history.
“It has been a real honour to help steer USPG over these past six years with the support of a very able and committed team of colleagues,” she said. “I believe USPG and our partners in the Anglican Communion are at the cutting edge of mission today. Together we have brought in people from the margins to share their prophetic, pastoral and compassionate dimensions to mission.
“I look forward to the next stage of my life, with all of the opportunities it brings for time to spend with family friends and local community, but I will continue to watch and support USPG with great interest, helping in whatever ways I can as USPG continues to encourage churches to fulfil their mission.”
Founded in 1701, USPG supports churches around the world “in their mission to bring fullness of life to the communities they serve,” the organisation says. “Theologically, practically and financially, we encourage and enable churches within the Anglican Communion to act as the hands and feet of Christ.
“Together, we are working to improve health, tackle poverty, put children in school, challenge discrimination, nurture leaders, give a voice to women, and much more.”
The recruitment advert for the next chief executive of USPG is available on the USPG website.
- This article was corrected on 30 May to correct the mis-spelling of Janette O’Neill.