Huw Edwards appointed as a Vice-President

Published: Friday, June 7, 2013


Huw Edwards, broadcaster and journalist has been appointed as a Vice-President of the National Churches Trust.

The National Churches Trust, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, is the leading national independent charity concerned with the protection and welfare of churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout the United Kingdom. Vice-Presidents are ambassadors for the National Churches Trust, helping to promote its work and the cause of caring for the nation’s Christian places of worship.

Huw Edwards, broadcaster and journalist, presents Britain’s most popular television news programme, BBC News at Ten. He combines his news duties with coverage of major events which have included the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Royal Wedding. He is currently writing a book on the Welsh chapels and churches of London.

Three other new Vice-Presidents of the National Churches Trust have also been announced.

The Most Reverend George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff, is Chairman of the Patrimony Committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Ordained Priest in 1972, from 1993 to 2001 he was the  Administrator of Westminster Cathedral and from 2001 to 2011 Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Westminster.

Reverend Canon Roger Royle was ordained in the Church of England in 1962 and is Canon Emeritus to Southwark Cathedral.   As well as presenting BBC Radio 2's former Sunday Evening programme Sunday Half Hour, for five years he was one of the main presenters of BBC One’s Songs of Praise.

Richard Taylor, writer and lawyer who lives and works in South Yorkshire and London is the author of the best selling book, ‘How to Read a Church’, and the accompanying six-part BBC Four television series.

Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust said: “For 60 years the National Churches Trust has been helping churches, chapels and meeting houses stay open. We fund urgent repairs and modernisation, provide expert advice on how churches can continue to serve local communities and promote church heritage and tourism. We are honoured that Huw Edwards , the Most Reverend George Stack, Reverend Canon Roger Royle and Richard Taylor have become Vice-Presidents of the National Churches Trust. I know that their passion for churches, chapels and meeting houses, influence and expertise will have a major impact on our work in the future.”