The High Sheriff's Chaplain

David Walsh

Rector of St Peter & St Paul

with St Michael and All Angels and Priest-in-Charge of All Saints

High Sheriffs may appoint a Chaplain to attend on them and assist on matters of faith. The Chaplain will principally be involved with the church services for the judiciary that are arranged by the High Sheriff conventionally annually but may also participate in the High Sheriff’s year on other occasions, for example the Declaration Ceremony that follows the High Sheriff’s appointment by the Monarch. The Chaplain may also play a valuable role as adviser to the High Sheriff on inter-faith matters in the community.

David has been in ordained ministry since 2002, serving a curacy in Greenwich in the Southwark Diocese, moving to Kensington for ten years in 2006, where he led a local church and was Area Dean of Kensington for five years; and moving to Kettering in 2016, where he now leads three churches, being Rector of St Peter & St Paul with St Michael and All Angels and Priest-in-Charge of All Saints.

David has been Chaplain to the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire once before, in 2018-19.

Before being ordained, David worked as a Whitehall official for 13 years, mostly in the Department for Education but also in the Cabinet Office. He served as Private Secretary to two government ministers. His wife Carys is also an ordained Anglican minister, working for the national Church of England.

David has an interest in world cinema. He is on sabbatical in the autumn and will be living for two months in South Korea, whose Anglican church has a link with the Diocese of Peterborough.


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