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St Paul's Institute announces appointment of new Director

by St Pauls Institute

Posted: 11 Jun 2014

Influential public debate focusing on finance, economics and social wellbeing is set to grow further at St Paul's as the Cathedral announces its new Director of St Paul's Institute.

Barbara Ridpath has been appointed to the position and will be responsible for thought-leadership, vision, strategy and organisation of the wide programme of debates and events run by the Institute each year.

An American who has spent most of her career in finance in New York, London and Paris, Barbara has worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Standard & Poor's and JPMorgan. Most recently she was the founding Chief Executive of the International Centre for Financial Regulation.

Announcing her appointment the Very Reverend David Ison, Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, said: "We are delighted to welcome Barbara to the team at the Institute as its first full-time lay Director. Her combination of study and broad experience in finance and regulation on both sides of the Atlantic gives her particular insights into the opportunities and tasks which lie ahead for St Paul's Institute. We look forward to her leadership and the partnerships which she will grow, and to our shared ongoing task of fostering creative engagement between Christian faith and the needs and hopes of all in our society."

St Paul's Institute works to stimulate dialogue on contemporary economic and financial issues. It focuses on the need for positive values systems, rooted in the Christian faith, to inform current debate surrounding the direction that our financial and economic institutions might take in the 21st century.

Barbara said: "The opportunity to apply the lessons of over 25 years in economics, banking and capital markets to contribute to the improvement of both behaviours and outcomes in the City and in financial markets is both a privilege and a challenge.

"I look forward to working with a broad range of market participants, academics, policy makers and clergy in considering how best to serve St Paul's Institute's mission and the wider community. The need for a strong moral and values-based component in the discussion of the role of finance and economics in our society gives St Paul's Institute a unique position."

Barbara has an A B degree in Economics cum laude from Smith College and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. She is a non-executive director of the National Australia Group Europe and a member of Council at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

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St Paul's Institute seeks to foster an informed Christian response to the most urgent ethical and spiritual issues of our times: equality, stewardship, and the meaning of the common good.


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