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Vice-President of the Methodist Conference announced as President for national Christian housing and homelessness charity
15 December 2016
Ms Rachel Lampard, Team Leader of the Joint Public
Issues Team and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, has
been appointed as a Co-President of Housing Justice
Since 2008, Rachel has been the Team Leader of the Joint
Public Issues Team, an ecumenical collaboration between the
Methodist Church, the Baptist Union, the United Reformed Church and
the Church of Scotland, enabling the denominations to campaign and
speak out on issues of poverty, climate change and peace.
At the Methodist Conference in 2015, Rachel was elected to serve
as Vice President of Conference, alongside the Reverend Roger
Walton during 2016 - 2017.
Rachel is no stranger to work of Housing Justice. In the 1980's,
she served as policy and campaign lead for the Catholic Housing Aid
Society, which became Housing Justice in 2003.
Rachel's appointment, joining Cardinal Vincent Nicholas,
the Archbishop of Westminster, comes at the end of the Jubilee
Celebrations for the Catholic Housing Aid Society.
As part of her new role of President, Ms Lampard will be visiting
the Housing Office, based at the South London Mission at Bermondsey
this morning to meet staff and volunteers of the
Speaking of her new role, Rachel Lampard, newly appointed
Co-President of Housing Justice said:
"I have seen how homelessness and poor housing damages people's
lives. Churches have long been at the forefront of responding by
offering help to those affected, developing innovative solutions,
and campaigning for change.
I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as a President
of Housing Justice and look forward to continuing to support their
work, and the work that is done by churches, of all denominations,
around the country."
Welcoming this appointment, Housing Justice Chair, the Rt Revd
James Langstaff said:
"Throughout 2016, Housing Justice has been celebrating the
birthday of the Catholic Housing Aid Society, which laid roots to
what Housing Justice has become. We are grateful to all those who
worked so hard to enable the current organisation to become what it
I warmly welcome Rachel's appointment as a President of Housing
Justice because she is no stranger to championing the cause of the
benefit that churches can and do make in practical action to those
who are homeless or in housing need.
Inviting Rachel to take up this important role will not just
maintain the link to our heritage as a charity, but also be an
example of our continued commitment to working ecumenically
with organisations such as the Joint Public Issues Team as
well as the denominations which they represent."
For more information, please visit www.housingjustice.org.uk