Eric Wiles has been appointed in a voluntary capacity as the new Deputy Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance and Chair of the Investment and Glebe Committee.

Eric is a member of St. Kenelm’s Church in Upton Snodsbury where he lives with his wife Carole and two children (although his daughter is currently studying in Australia!). He is a Chartered Accountant by background, and former member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants’ National Council. He has spent most of his career in the Asset Finance division at Midland Bank/ HSBC. For the last 15 years he worked in a specialised leasing company within HSBC (latterly sold by the bank) which leased trains to train operating companies in the UK and across Europe. Eric is now semi-retired, but still undertakes the occasional freelance consultancy assignment.

He said:

“I saw the post of Deputy Chair of the DBF advertised and it seemed to fit with my skillset. I’m currently Treasurer for the Bowland Benefice Council, but felt I wanted to give more back to the Church and this seemed like a good opportunity to do it. It’s also an interesting way to learn more about the Church of England and develop my faith in a different context.”

Eric was brought up as a Methodist but lapsed when he was in his teens. He and his family have been worshipping at St. Kenelm’s for the past 25 years, gradually getting more and more involved.

“I know Peter Seward will be a very hard act to follow, but I am looking forward to the new challenge that this role will bring. I’ve previously been the Treasurer of the charity Asthma UK and was Chairman and Treasurer of RoSPA. Some of the new responsibilities will, therefore, be familiar, but there will be new challenges and opportunities - not least learning the intricacies of Glebe Land and the complexity of the Church of England!”

Eric was Chairman of Governors at Worcester College of Technology (now part of Heart of Worcestershire College) for 12 years and has recently become a Governor at Stratford upon Avon College, where he chairs the Audit Committee. He is also Chairman and Treasurer of Pershore Volunteer Centre.

Alastair Findlay, Chair of the DBF, said: 

“I’m delighted to have appointed Eric to these roles. Please do pray for him as he brings his financial skills to the work of the Church across this diocese where we are hugely blessed with very significant diocesan investment income without which Parish Share levels would be much higher than they are.”