Bishop Tom reflects on the retirement of John
John Smallwood long before I became the Bishop of Southwark. Truth to tell, if
you've been around Church of England finances at all or on General Synod it's
pretty hard not to have at least known of him.
'career' (and it is literally little short of that) as one of the foremost lay
participants in the affairs of Southwark Diocese has spanned almost forty
years, twenty five of which he spent as Chairman of the Diocesan Board of
been John's hard work which has helped to ensure that last year we collected
99% of the Fairer Shares Assessments from the parishes. We have had a
marvellous record for contributions for many years now.
more than that John has served the wider Church of England, helping to consider
the best ways forward with clergy pensions, with investments and with all other
aspects of financial life. John is 74 and feels that it is time to step aside
from his roles here in Southwark and he is also not standing for re-election to
General Synod this year. He and his wife, Jean, recently moved into the Diocese
of Guildford and we wish them well in their retirement.
tribute to John would be incomplete without some survey of his many
achievements. So, here is a brief survey of his work:
a Reader in the Church of England, and has been a member of General Synod since
1965. He served on the Council of the Southwark Ordination Course, 1960-74 and
1980-94, as Vice-Chairman for the latter period.
He was a
Church Commissioner from 1966 to 1998. He has contributed hugely to sound
financial management in Southwark Diocese, as a member of the Board of Finance
since 1961 and Chairman for 25 years (1975-2000). He worked for the Bank of
England from 1951 to 1979, when he retired as Deputy Chief Accountant. He has
served on the Central Board of Finance and a wide variety of other committees
of the Church of England. He was appointed a CBE in 1991.
miss him and send him on his way with our warmest thanks and admiration for all
that he has achieved over so many years.