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Appointment as Registrar for the Diocese of Derby

Appointment as Registrar for the Diocese of Derby

The Bishop of Derby is pleased to announce that after a competitive tendering process, Ian Blaney of Lee Bolton Monier-Williams has been appointed the next Registrar of the Diocese of Derby and her Legal Secretary, following the retirement of Nadine Waldron. The appointment will take effect on 1st October 2021 and all Registry enquiries should be directed to the new registrar from that date. He is to be supported by three deputy registrars, Howard Dellar, Susan Newell and Ed Henderson who each have their own specialist expertise. Susan Black is to be the principal registry clerk, supported by Kevin Diamond. 

Ian Blaney is a solicitor with over 15 years’ experience in ecclesiastical law. He has written various publications on church, burial and marriage law and has a degree in canon law. He lives in north London where he is a member of his parish church, on the PCC, and is Vice-Chair of Governors of the church school. He hails from Cheshire and Staffordshire where family members still live. He has served as Registrar of the Diocese of Lincoln for the last 4 years and will continue in that post. His firm, Lee Bolton Monier-Williams is known for its expertise in ecclesiastical, charity and educational law.

Bishop Libby writes:

“I am delighted that Ian is joining us as our new registrar. His knowledge, experience and expertise will be an valuable addition to our diocesan team. I am inspired by his commitment to live out his faith by offering the best practice of law in the service of the Church for the sake of the Kingdom. I am looking forward to working together so that we can be good news for all in transforming lives through growing the church and building community.”

Ian Blaney writes:

“I would like to thank the Bishop and her team for appointing me to this important role. I look forward to exploring the parishes of the Diocese and getting to know the clergy, lay officers and volunteers who faithfully make their churches a place of welcome and sanctuary. I am grateful to my predecessor Nadine Waldron for her steadfast work over many years for and making the handover as smooth as possible. My office is based in London, where the Registry is easily contactable by phone, email, ‘snail mail’ and video. Although the last year has highlighted the convenience and usefulness of online meetings, I and my team value forming relationships and maintaining a presence through personal visits, and we look forward to being with you.”

The contact details for the new Registrar are:

Derby Diocesan Registry
1 The Sanctuary

Reception Telephone: 020 7222 5381

Direct Telephone (Registry Clerk): 0207 960 7152


A registry website is in the process of being built and information about this will be published in due course.