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Peter Rouch appointed Mission to Seafarers secretary general

Mission to Seafarers Mission to Seafarers Peter Rouch
The successor to Mission to Seafarer secretary general Revd. Canon Andrew Wright has been announced and will take over on Wright's retirement in September.

Wright has led the Mission to Seafarers for almost 12 years and will work alongside his successor Venerable Dr Peter Rouch from July 1 for a handover period.

“It has been the greatest of honours to serve as Secretary General of the Mission to Seafarers through a time of so much challenge and change. I was delighted to learn of Peter’s appointment
as my successor. He brings huge experience and a strong reputation. I am certain the Mission’s leadership will be in the very best of hands in the exciting times that lie ahead,” said Wright.

A former banker, achdeacon, and consultant to Lambeth Palace, Rouch now lives in Sheffield where he has worked as CEO of Church Army UK & Ireland since May 2021. He will take over the running of an organisation which works in over 200 ports in 50 countries providing care for seafarers of all faiths, nationalities, and ranks.

“I am very grateful indeed to have been invited to become Secretary General of The Mission to Seafarers. It is a charity with considerable heritage, a strong track record of valuable impact, breadth and depth in representation, and very exciting possibilities to develop support for the world’s seafarers and their frequently struggling families in a dynamic and sometimes risky worlds,” said Rouch.

Tom Boardley, Chairman of The Mission to Seafarers, said: "We are delighted that Peter is joining the Mission and look forward to welcoming him in July. Our current Secretary General, Andrew Wright, has done so much to develop and transform the Mission during his tenure and we owe him a debt of gratitude for his leadership for more than a decade. We are confident that Peter will maintain this momentum and build on our vital role as a leading provider of maritime welfare support for seafarers around the globe."