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Sunday, 7 July, 2002, 08:35 GMT 09:35 UK
Church post for NI peace man
A bishop in a church doorway
The move was approved by the church's General Synod
A leading civil servant instrumental in the daily progress of the Northern Ireland peace process is to take up a senior position in the Church of England.

William Fittall has been appointed secretary general of the General Synod of the Church of England.

The move was approved by the General Synod, meeting at the University of York.


I am both excited and daunted at the prospect of being able to serve the Church of England at what promises to be a challenging and absorbing time

William Fittall

He succeeds Philip Mawer, who has been appointed Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards after 12 years as Secretary General of the Synod.

Mr Fittall said: "Leaving the civil service and daily involvement in the Northern Ireland peace process will be a great wrench and following in the footsteps of Philip Mawer will be exceptionally difficult task.

"I am both excited and daunted at the prospect of being able to serve the Church of England at what promises to be a challenging and absorbing time."

Mr Fittall is associate political director at the Northern Ireland Office.

His role at the NIO is to support Prime Minister Tony Blair and Northern Ireland Secretary of State John Reid in the day-to-day management of the peace process.

In his new post, Mr Fittall will act as the Church of England's senior civil servant responsible for the management of the General Synod and its support structures.

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