Loretta Minghella

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Loretta Minghella
First Church Estates Commissioner
Assumed office
November 2017
Preceded by Sir Andreas Whittam Smith
Chief Executive of Christian Aid
In office
April 2010 – 2017
Personal details
Born (1962-03-04) 4 March 1962 (age 56)
Isle of Wight, England
Nationality British
Christopher Parsons (m. 1992)
Children Two
Alma mater Clare College, Cambridge
College of Law
Profession Solicitor and charity worker

Loretta Caroline Rose Minghella, OBE (born 4 March 1962) is a British charity executive and solicitor. Since November 2017, she has served as the First Church Estates Commissioner, one of the most senior lay people in the Church of England. From April 2010 to 2017, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Christian Aid.

Early life and education[edit]

Minghella was born on 4 March 1962 on the Isle of Wight, England, to Edoardo Minghella and Gloria Alberta Minghella. She was one of five children, a brother being director Anthony Minghella, whose son Max is an actor. Minghella was educated at Medina High School, a state school in Newport, Isle of Wight. She studied law at Clare College, Cambridge, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1984. She continued her studies at the College of Law.[1]


From 1985 to 1987, Minghella was an articled clerk at Kingsley Napley.[1] She was admitted as a solicitor in 1987 and continued to work at Kingsley Napley.[1] From 1989 to 1990, she was a legal advisor to the Department of Trade and Industry.[1]

From 1990 to 1993, having moved into financial regulation, Minghella was an assistant director of the Securities and Investments Board (SIB).[1][2] From 1993 to 1998, she was head of enforcement law and policy at the SIB.[1] From 1998 to 2004, she was head of enforcement law, policy and international cooperation for the Financial Services Authority (the successor to the SIB).[1][2] From 2004 to 2010, she served as Chief Executive of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.[1][3]

In April 2010, Minghella was appointed Director (later Chief Executive) of Christian Aid.[3] She has also been a trustee of the Disasters Emergency Committee since 2010,[1] and of the St George's House Trust since 2015.[1][4] As CEO of Christian Aid, she was paid £119,123 in 2011 in the 2011/12 financial year and £126,072 in 2012/2013.[5]

On 28 June 2017, it was announced that Minghella would be the next First Church Estates Commissioner, one of the most senior lay people in the Church of England, in succession to Sir Andreas Whittam Smith.[2] She took up the appointment on 1 November 2017.[6] As the First Church Estates Commissioner, she is a member of the Church Commissioners' Board of Governors, the General Synod of the Church of England, and the Archbishops' Council.[6] Her main duty is serving as chair of the assets committee of the Church Commissioners which is responsible for managing an investment portfolio of £7.9 billion.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 1992, Minghella married to Christopher Parsons.[1] Together they have two children: one son and one daughter.[1][2]

Minghella is an Anglican Christian.[6] She attends St Barnabas Church, Dulwich, London.[2][8]


In the 2010 New Year Honours, Minghella was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to the Financial Services Industry".[9] In October 2016, she was made a Sarum Canon of Salisbury Cathedral, "recognising the contribution she has made to the national and worldwide Church".[10][11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l 'MINGHELLA, Loretta Caroline Rose', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 28 June 2017
  2. ^ a b c d e "Church Commissioner Appointment: Loretta Minghella". GOV.UK. Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Our directors: Loretta Minghella OBE, Chief Executive". Christian Aid. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Board". St George's House Trust. Windsor Castle. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  5. ^ Topping, Alexandra (6 August 2013). "Foreign aid charities defend rising executive salaries". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c "Loretta Minghella announced as next First Church Estates Commissioner". Media Centre. Church of England. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Williams, Hattie (30 June 2017). "Loretta Minghella appointed as First Estates Commissioner". Church Times. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "20 Questions: Loretta Minghella". Reform Magazine. April 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "No. 59282". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2009. p. 11. 
  10. ^ "New admissions to College of Canons". Salisbury Cathedral. 15 April 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  11. ^ "Christian Aid CEO to be Sarum Canon". Diocese of Salisbury. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2017.