Introducing Nicholas Cannon

Author: Mr Nicholas Cannon

Published on: 30 August 2022

I joined the Diocese after retiring from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) after 34 years’ service.

I grew up in Essex and studied History at the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining HM Diplomatic Service, I served as an Inspector in the Royal Hong Kong Police. My FCO career included overseas postings in France, Cyprus, Pakistan, Rwanda, Burundi, Albania and Turkey, as well as London postings in the FCO itself and in 10 Downing Street. During my career I experienced many different Christian cultures. In Rwanda and Burundi, for example, I found them to be staunchly Christian countries, and the Church plays an important role in the daily lives of the people, as well as providing educational, medical and support. The Roman Catholic Church predominates in both countries, former Belgian colonies, but both have lively Anglican minorities strongly influenced by the Church of Uganda, one of Africa’s most dynamic churches with a history of heroic mission and martyrdom. Whereas in Albania, religion was suppressed under the brutal communist dictatorship of Enver Hoxha, but has re-emerged since the collapse of the old regime in 1991.

I am married with two sons.

I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve the Church in the Diocese of Norwich, and I am looking forward to the challenges of my new role.

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