Church appoints first woman archdeacon in the North

Julie Hemmings The Church of England has appointed its first woman archdeacon in the northern province.

Canon Janet Henderson, priest in charge of Nuthall, Nottingham, is to become Archdeacon of Richmond and a residentiary canon of Ripon Cathedral. Mrs Henderson, 49, is the first woman to be appointed an archdeacon in the northern (York) province of the Church of England. She said: "Having trained at Durham and ministered mostly in the northern province of the Church of England, it is exciting and a great privilege to be the first woman archdeacon in the North."

Responsible to Bishop of Ripon and Leeds John Packer, Mrs Henderson will lead the day-to-day support for the 60 stipendiary clergy and 108 parishes of the largely-rural Richmond archdeaconry area.

This is split into four deaneries for administrative purposes and includes Ripon, Harrogate, Bedale and Richmond. Mrs Henderson succeeds Ken Good, who retired as Archdeacon of Richmond in the summer.