News and events Stories News from Edward King House - July 2019 Nicola has been working as a consultant contractor for the diocese since August 2018. She was initially contracted to lead on the diocese’s application to the national church’s Strategic Development Fund (SDF). The diocese was successful in its application and awarded £2.67m in funding towards a five-year diocesan programme to resource the urban church. Nicola has worked as Interim SDF Manager for this programme since November 2018, bringing the programme from vision to action. As Strategic Programme Manager, Nicola will continue to oversee the SDF Programme: 'Resourcing the Urban Church', a programme that aims to develop three resource churches and establish or revitalise eight further churches across our urban centres. Nicola will support the overall integrity, coherence and effective implementation of the programme, ensuring the vision, outcomes, budget and schedule remain on track. In the role, Nicola will also oversee the diocesan Learning Communities, helping to grow the reach and impact of this programme. Nicola brings a range of experience to the post. Starting her career as a secondary English teacher in London, Nicola then moved to work for the HTB Group - a group four charities: Alpha International, which has given over 26 million people to date the opportunity to explore faith, life and God through the Alpha course; St Paul’s Theological Centre - part of St Mellitus College; Holy Trinity Brompton, a London church with a global reach; and the Church Revitalisation Trust - a charity establishing new city-centre churches across the UK. Nicola worked as Development Communications Manager for the HTB Group, creating and implementing a communications strategy for donors across the charities through a programme of change and stakeholder management. Moving to Lincoln, Nicola worked in Public Relations as an Account Manager, before becoming a freelance consultant, specialising in communications and fundraising, working with charities, churches, and then the diocese. David Dadswell, Diocesan Secretary said: We are really pleased that Nicola is joining us as Strategic Programme Manager. Nicola has been key in helping us get this far with our resourcing churches bid and came through a competitive interview process as the right person to support this and other strategic programmes which are part of our growth plans for the coming years. We are looking forward to what she brings with her undoubted project management skills and her confident commitment to mission and transformation in greater Lincolnshire. Nicola said: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the Church through my new role at the Diocese of Lincoln. The Church is the hope for our hurting world. I am ambitious and optimistic about the potential the Church has to transform society. As Strategic Programme Manager, I will have the privilege to practically support the diocese in releasing and resourcing that potential with the aim to see churches, communities and the diocese transformed in the name of Jesus.” Nicola is married to Joseph, a curate in the diocese, and they have a two-year old son, Solomon.