Mayor's Chaplain and Spiritual Advisor

The Mayor’s Chaplain and Spiritual Advisor is chosen by the Mayor and is an honorary title. The role of the Chaplain and Spiritual Advisor is to offer spiritual guidance to the Mayor as and when required and to assist in organising the civic service, other civic occasions and prayers or suitable thoughts for the occasion at council meetings. The Chaplain and Spiritual Advisor is usually seated near to the Mayor at these events.

The Mayor’s Chaplain and Spiritual Advisor can also act as a focal point for religious or faith groups in the area and to advise the Mayor on religious and other matters. The residents of the area will not all be of the same belief and the Mayor’s Chaplain and Spiritual Advisor can explain the differences and similarities of belief and practice. Attending a religious or other service of another faith is the outward show that he or she is the Mayor of all the people and of the right to worship freely. It is therefore important that the support that the Chaplain and Spiritual Advisor gives to the Mayor helps the Mayor to understand and lead all sections of the community.

The Right Reverent David Williams
Bishop of Basingstoke

The Right Reverent David Williams, Bishop of Basingstoke

The Right Reverend David Williams has lived in Hampshire for 23 years. After 13 years as a Vicar in Winchester, he was appointed Bishop of Basingstoke in 2014. With a background in Social Policy, David has been eager to forge good community links. He has worked with the Hampshire Hospitals Trust and Winchester Prison.

There are 200 Anglican Churches across North Hampshire and David has sought to become familiar with the communities in which the churches are set and over the years, he has visited every settlement, village and town in North Hampshire.

Regular meetings with the leadership of the five borough councils has been helpful in understanding the enormous potential and some of the challenges facing Hampshire. As Bishop of Basingstoke, he has a particular affinity with Basingstoke and Deane – and the aspirations around the visionary growth of the town.

David has developed a particular interest in education, having served as a Governor of Winchester University, and currently is the Chair of a local multi-academy trust and a governor of Peter Symonds College. As a bishop he is indirectly involved with the 152 Church of England primary schools in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

He has been particularly appreciative of the warm hospitality that has been afforded by the interfaith network in Basingstoke.

Over the last four years, following George Floyd’s funeral and our own local response, David has found local networks in Basingstoke have been formative in his own understanding of our shared common purpose.

He considers it an honour to be asked by the Mayor to serve as his chaplain for the coming 12 months and he looks forward to everything they hold.

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