29 June 2005

Dudley Coates elected Vice President of Conference for 2006

Dudley Coates has been elected Vice President of the Methodist Conference for 2006. Dudley will start his year of office when the Conference meets in Edinburgh in 2006.

Dudley is a retired civil servant, ending his career as head of the Environment Group for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Since retiring in 2001 he has been able to give even more time to his work within the Church.

Dudley was a member of Conference from 1993- 2004. He has been chair of Methodist Publishing House, is a member of the Methodist Council and the Strategy and Resources Committee, and is the Methodist Ecumenical Representative on the General Synod of the Church of England.

'It's a delight and a great honour to be able to serve the Church as Vice President of the Conference,' says Dudley. 'In my year I want to stress the importance of worship and the need constantly to boost its quality. I want to explore ecumenism, and to encourage good government in both state and Church. And following on from my professional work, I want to continue to address environment issues and rural affairs.'
Dudley is married with two adult daughters. His wife is the Rector of a group of Church of England parishes near Dorchester. In his free time, Dudley is a keen singer and cyclist.

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