From the DioSec
As Diocesan Secretary, Mark Humphriss heads up and is responsible for all diocesan services provided from Church House including Mission, HR and Safeguarding, Finance, Buildings, Communications and the Secretariat. He is responsible for the leadership and managerial oversight of the staff employed by the Oxford Diocesan Board of Finance and working in Church House and in the episcopal areas.
Mark is responsible to the Bishop of Oxford and the Chairman of the Board of Finance. He is the principal strategic adviser to Bishop Steven and a member of his senior team. He provides leadership in the management of diocesan relationships and overall governance of the diocese, ensuring that the vision, aspirations and values of the diocese are lived out in all operational activity. He is titular Secretary of the Diocesan Synod and the Bishop’s Council.
Mark joined the Diocese in July 2019, having been University Secretary of the University of Bath since 2007. He worked for the Church of England in a variety of roles previously, and has been active in his local church for many years. He was married in the Diocese of Oxford, where his wife Rachel grew up, and has two teenage sons. He is a member of the Archbishops’ Council’s Remuneration and Conditions of Service Committee, Trustee of Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust and Chair of the Nominations Committee of the Holburne Museum. He is a lay canon of Christ Church, Oxford.
Mark writes to the diocese each month via eNews in a section known as ‘From the DioSec’. It’s a chance to hear from Mark about how Church House teams are supporting the mission and ministry of parishes across the diocese. You’ll find a link to each article here, plus links to the Church House Quarterly mailings, which summarise the latest useful information for churchwardens, PCC secretaries and treasurers.
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- Bishop’s Council meeting, July 2021
An onsite meeting at last. The DioSec reflects on our common vision.
- The work of the Oxford Diocesan School Trust (ODST), May 2021
- The Registry, April 2021
The diocesan legal service.
- An update on the Glebe and Buildings team, March 2021
Responsible asset management in a pandemic.
- Good governance, February 2021
The opportunity to change things for the better.
- Human Resources, January 2021
The wide-ranging work of the HR Department.
- Investment and divestment, December 2020
How the Diocese uses its resources.
- Communications in the diocese, November 2020
How the Communications team support the work of the diocese.
- New congregations, October 2020
Opportunities and resources for new congregations.
- Supporting our church schools, September 2020
Our work with the 281 church schools and academies in our diocese.
- Reflecting on an extraordinary period, July 2020
Working virtually, communicating well and looking at the finances.
- Children and young people, June 2020
Fostering intergenerational congregations and church communities.
- Equality, diversity and inclusion, May 2020
How are we enabling a culture that seeks to remove obstacles to anyone accessing the ministry of our churches?
- Social responsibility, April 2020
Declaring a climate emergency and our strategic partnership with Citizens UK.
- Training resources in the Diocese, March 2020
Providing training for clergy and laity that best supports local ministry and mission.
- Safeguarding, February 2020
Our Past Cases Review, the Independent Safeguarding Panel, safeguarding training and the Safeguarding team.
- Our common vision, January 2020
The outworking of our common vision across the Diocese and the opportunities and resources available.
- The work of the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC), December 2019
The work of the DAC and how we are addressing increasing demand for their expertise and advice.
- Diocesan finances, November 2019
How diocesan finances work; details of income and expenditure; and ways we are resourcing ministry across the diocese.
- The best job in the Church of England? October 2019
The Diocesan Secretary introduces his approach to the new role.