A former investment banker at RBS in London has been appointed Finance and Resources Director of the Anglican Communion. Michaela Southworth succeeds Tim Trimble who stepped down last month. She has been interim Director for the past four weeks.
Michaela, who is originally from Otley in West Yorkshire, went into banking after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. She read Mathematics at Newham College, Cambridge.
Michaela’s career at RBS spanned roles in finance, regulatory change projects, and business management on the trading floor. She also brings direct experience of charity accounting through her longstanding voluntary role as church treasurer.
She said she was delighted to be taking up her new post.
“When I came as an interim I did not expect to apply for the permanent job. I have been so impressed by the diverse work of the staff, and their commitment to serving the worldwide Communion, that I felt led to apply for the permanent role,” she said. “It is a privilege to join the team, and I look forward to working together during this exciting time in the Communion’s history.”
The Anglican Communion Chief Operating Officer, David White, said he was very pleased to be appointing Michaela.
“We went through a rigorous recruitment process. Michaela was an outstanding candidate and I am delighted she has accepted the offer to join us. She has considerable expertise at a very high level. I believe her calm professionalism will be a huge asset for the Anglican Communion.”
Michaela is married to Darren, a graphic designer. They have two young sons and live in east London where they attend Quaystone church.