Rachel Lampard, Team Leader of the Joint Public Issues Team and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, has been appointed as a Co-President of the charity Housing Justice.
Since 2008, Rachel Lampard has been the Team Leader of the Joint Public Issues Team, an ecumenical collaboration between the Methodist Church, the Baptist Union, the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland, enabling the denominations to campaign and speak out on issues of poverty, climate change and peace.
At the Methodist Conference in 2015, she was elected to serve as Vice President of Conference, alongside the Rev Roger Walton during 2016 - 2017.
Rachel Lampard is no stranger to the work of Housing Justice. In the 1980's, she served as policy and campaign lead for the Catholic Housing Aid Society, which became Housing Justice in 2003. Her appointment, joining Cardinal Vincent Nicholas, the Archbishop of Westminster, comes at the end of the Jubilee Celebrations for the Catholic Housing Aid Society.
As part of her new role of President, Racjel Lampard visited the Housing Office, based at the South London Mission at Bermondsey Central Hall to meet staff and volunteers of the charity.
Speaking of her new role, she said: "I have seen how homelessness and poor housing damages people's lives. Churches have long been at the forefront of responding by offering help to those affected, developing innovative solutions, and campaigning for change.
I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as a President of Housing Justice and look forward to continuing to support their work, and the work that is done by churches, of all denominations, around the country."
Welcoming this appointment, Housing Justice Chair, the Rt Rev James Langstaff said: "Throughout 2016, Housing Justice has been celebrating the birthday of the Catholic Housing Aid Society, which laid roots to what Housing Justice has become. We are grateful to all those who worked so hard to enable the current organisation to become what it has.
"I warmly welcome Rachel's appointment as a President of Housing Justice because she is no stranger to championing the cause of the benefit that churches can and do make in practical action to those who are homeless or in housing need."
He concluded: "Inviting Rachel to take up this important role will not just maintain the link to our heritage as a charity, but also be an example of our continued commitment to working ecumenically with organisations such as the Joint Public Issues Team as well as the denominations which they represent."
* Housing Justice http://www.housingjustice.org.uk/
* Methodist Church in Britain http://www.methodist.org.uk/