Rev'd Canon Ivor Moody Chelmsford town centre and Essex County Council Core Chaplain

I have now taken over from The Rev’d Canon Carol Smith who has moved to take up a new post at Hythe in Kent. Carol was kind enough to walk me round the ECC offices and introduced me to a few people before Christmas, and over the next few weeks I will be seeking to set up meetings with them to try and learn more about the ECC and how it ‘ticks’, and any expectations of/about having a Chaplain available for all those who work there. I have already had a meeting with the Chief Executive, Councillor John Aldridge, and I am seeing the CEO Gavin Jones in March. I am also looking forward to meeting and working with the other city centre Chaplains here.

I am interested in networking with the ECC because there is obviously an ongoing agenda for Chelmsford Cathedral where I’m based, to establish strong and effective links and partnerships with the city in which it is set, and having one of the cathedral clergy team as the Chaplain to the ECC seems a sensible reflection of that vision for partnership working.

I am also glad to be assuming this mantle because of links I have already established with several individuals within the organisation, both through my Chairmanship of the Mid Essex Inter Faith Forum and Essex Mind and Spirit. EMS is a community voluntary organisation working to raise the profile of mental health issues in the community, and to encourage a positive relationship between faith and spirituality and the understanding and management of mental health issues.

I have just picked up my ECC electronic pass which will give me access to all areas (!) and |’m grateful to the  Human Resources department who have made me so welcome and provided me with a base from which to work, including access to the all- important ECC intranet!   


Rev’d Canon Ivor Moody   Chelmsford Town Centre & Essex County Council        Tel:  01245294493