Anglican Alliance announces the departure of our current Executive Director while launching a Communion-wide search for her successor

8 April 2024

The Revd Canon Rachel Carnegie, current Anglican Alliance Executive Director, with the Anglican Alliance Chair and Vice-Chair, the Most Revd Albert Chama, Archbishop of the Church of the Province of Central Africa, and Rt Revd Michael Beasley, Bishop of Bath and Wells.

Today, the Anglican Alliance has announced that after a decade of leadership our current Executive Director, the Revd Canon Rachel Carnegie, will be stepping down from her role in mid-October 2024, as she takes up other international church and development work.

The Anglican Alliance was launched in 2011, on the recommendation of Bishops at the 2008 Lambeth Conference. It serves to connect and equip Anglican churches across the Communion, with its 85 million members in 165 countries, responding to human need, promoting justice and peace, and safeguarding creation. As an Alliance, the organisation also convenes various relief and development agencies based in churches across the world and collaborates with ecumenical partners and other actors in the humanitarian space.

Rachel was part of the team developing the concept of the Anglican Alliance from 2009, when she served as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Secretary for International Development.

Rachel said, “Churches are on the front line responding in loving service to major issues challenging our world today.  The impact of Anglican churches working together globally is inspirational and significant, in strengthening disaster resilience and response, transforming communities, challenging inequalities, and tackling environmental crises. That’s why the work of the Anglican Alliance is so vital in weaving together the resources and skills of churches and agencies globally. It has been such a delight and privilege to have led the organization over the last ten years serving our beloved Communion. I give thanks for the amazing collaboration from superb colleagues, networks and partners around the world. I look forward to seeing the next season of the Alliance’s work flourishing with the brilliant team continuing under new leadership.”

Archbishop Albert Chama, Primate of the Church of the Province of Central Africa and Chair of the Anglican Alliance Board said, “Under Rachel’s leadership the Anglican Alliance has drawn together gifts and resources across the Communion, sharing inspiring examples of churches living out the Five Marks of Mission. Together with the excellent Alliance global team, Rachel has served with joy and commitment, for which we give great thanks. She leaves the organisation in an excellent place, and we now look forward to recruiting her successor to lead the Alliance into the future.”

Bishop Anthony Poggo, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion said, “Rachel will be truly missed. Her leadership of the Anglican Alliance and commitment to poverty reduction, advocacy, relief and development has been driven by her faith in Christ Jesus. She has spent a lifetime working with and on behalf of vulnerable communities around the world and I know she will continue to do this in her ministry in the future. She is leaving a strong and committed team, supporting the range of dynamic initiatives, including the Communion Forest. They will, I know, continue to draw on Rachel’s legacy while moving forward with the new Executive Director.  My prayers and support go with her as she ventures on to pastures new.”

A Communion-wide search for the new Anglican Alliance Executive Director is launched today. The new Executive Director will lead a global team working across the worldwide Anglican Communion. The role is based at the Anglican Communion Office in London. Responsibilities include strategic leadership, advocacy and representation, partnership development, resource mobilisation and team leadership.

The closing date is May 6. For more information about the role and how to to apply click on the link here.

Please join us in praying for the Anglican Alliance as it prepares for this next season, seeking to serve the Communion in responding to God’s Mission in the world.