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Friday, October 28, 2016
CCS chief steps down - official statement
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¬†The Bishops' Conference issued to following statement this morning, announcing that Mark Morley, Director of Communications, will be leaving his post at the beginning of November. Mark and his wife Ruth have decided to move to Scotland later this year to pursue other interests. Mark began working for the Bishops' Conference in September 2001, when he was asked to take forward and implement the review of Church communications structures delivered by Controller of Radio 2, Jim Moir and senior PR specialist, Angela Salt. (Salt / Moir Review). Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor who appointed Morley as his interim Press Secretary In December 2002 said: "Mark has done a demanding job with great enthusiasm and energy. I am very grateful to him and I wish him and Ruth every blessing in the future." Speaking today, General Secretary, Monsignor Andrew Summersgill said: "I will be sad to see Mark move on. In the two years he has been here he has worked hard to put the CCS into place following the communications review. He has created an effective communications team and has been a very cheerful presence around the offices. I am delighted, though, that Mark and Ruth are able to return to Scotland." Bishop of Portsmouth, Crispian Hollis ≠ the Catholic Bishop with special responsibility for media and communications said: "I am very sorry that we are losing Mark Morley from the post of Director of the Catholic Communications Service. "He has been the first Director of the new Service and he has spent two years directing and shaping what has become a much more integrated Communications Service in the Catholic Church in England and Wales. It has not been an easy task but Mark has established a media network in the Church which has served the Bishops Conference well. "At the same time, under his leadership the Service has both encouraged and respected the truly professional work of all those who are responsible for communications in the dioceses. "Thanks to Mark, the new Catholic Communications Service is up and running. I want to thank him for all that he has done to achieve this. He moves on to new work in Scotland and he goes with my thanks, my best wishes and my prayers." Mark Morley said: "I am proud to have played such a vital role in assisting the bishops with their communications brief and I thank them all for their help and support. "I am especially proud and humbled to have worked alongside so many smaller Catholic organisations who toil relentlessly for the common good of Catholics and non-Catholics alike. "I thank the Cardinal, the General Secretary, Bishop Hollis of Portsmouth and the Conference of Religious for their steadfast support and to all those professionals ≠ in the Church and the media ≠ who have been so courteous and generous with their time and support. "A special thanks go to all my colleagues at the CCS whose professionalism good humour and patience have been a constant source of support. "Finally, I thank everyone with whom I have shared this fascinating voyage." Source: CCS
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