For the last 10 years Hilary has worked in a safeguarding role within Sure Start Children’s Centres in Worcestershire and Birmingham. Most recently she has worked for the charity, Barnardo’s, supporting vulnerable children and their families as a Children's Services Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead. Hilary is also a qualified nurse and midwife.

Bishop Graham said: “It’s essential that as a diocese we give the highest priority to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. The panel that recommended Hilary’s appointment were impressed with her professional experience and her desire to always remind others of their dignity and potential.”

Hilary said: “It’s a real privilege to be able to use my skills within a church context and I’m looking forward to supporting parishes as we work together to keep the Diocese as safe as possible. Those in our churches could be important early identifiers of safeguarding issues and I see my role as empowering people to recognise the importance of safeguarding. I’m also looking forward to working with a range of agencies across Worcestershire again.”

Hilary’s appointment follows the death of Maria Johnson earlier in the year and Bishop Graham said: “The Diocese of Worcester owes a great debt of gratitude to Maria for all of her work in this area and we continue to remember her and her family in our prayers. I am also very grateful to Chris Lees from the Diocese of St Albans who has provided cover for this area of our work over the last six months.”

Hilary lives in Worcestershire with her husband Neil and they have three daughters. She is a member of Manor Park Evangelical Church and part of a small church plant in Warndon. She will begin as Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser in mid-June.

The contact details for the Safeguarding team will remain the same following Hilary's appointment.