The Yorkshire Society are pleased to announce that The Most Reverend & Right Honourable Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York, has accepted its invitation to become a Vice President.

An Essex boy from Leigh on Sea, he found faith as a teenager through the work of youth organisations in his local church and began training for ministry in 1981 at St Stephen’s House in Oxford and was ordained deacon at the age of 25.

He moved to West Yorkshire in 1998 and became a member of Springboard, the Archbishop of York and Canterbury’s team for evangelism. In 2020 he was confirmed as Archbishop of York, following the retirement of Dr John Sentamu who was also a Vice President of the Society.

The Archbishop is married to Rebecca, who is a potter. They have three sons, two grandchildren and a dog. If anyone doubts his commitment to Yorkshire, Stephen adopted Huddersfield Town FC as his team when living there, alongside his beloved Spurs.

About his appointment as Vice President of The Yorkshire Society, the Archbishop commented “I’m delighted to take on the role of Vice President. I love Yorkshire in all its varied glory, from coastlines to moors and dales, great cities to tiny hamlets – it has it all! I endorse the work the Yorkshire Society does to promote this great county.”

Philip Bell, chief executive of the Society, said “The Yorkshire Society is proud to have the Archbishop as a Vice President. Who better to have on board to help us work for the greater good of ‘God’s own County’?”

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