Last updated 12th December 2018
Welcome. I’m Ronnie Semley, the Diocesan Communications Manager. I have worked in the media and communications industry for more than 30 years. You can read more about my career on my LinkedIn page.
My current role encompasses all the major communications needs of the Diocesan Bishop as well as communications support and advice for the other senior clergy and the senior staff. I am a member of the Bishop’s Leadership Team.
Elsewhere on the Diocesan website you will find comprehensive advice about all aspects of communications to assist parishes in their work. These pages are continually growing and being updated. You can find them under the 'Resources' heading on the homepage - then 'Communications Resources'.
Headings include: 'Get Your Church Noticed'; 'Copyright Advice'; Effective Digital Communications'; 'Template Press Releases' and much more ...
My own strategic communications work includes coordination of ...
I also provide (principally reactive) communications support for the Diocesan Board of Education; Cidari Multi-Academy Trust, Whalley Abbey (our Diocesan Retreat and Conference Centre) and Blackburn Cathedral as and when required.
If you have a story of regional or possibly even national interest I will be happy to discuss it with you and, if it is suitable for a wider audience, I will work directly with you on the publicity.
In addition, in the unlikely event you should have a crisis of any kind in your church which could spark the attention of regional or national media, then I will be on hand to support.
I am also available to offer general advice on any aspect of communications – just drop me an email (see below) or give me a call. Also, look me up on Linkedin and connect with me.
I am supported by my administration colleague Karen Ashcroft and by Mark Ashley, an experienced retired journalist, who provides volunteer support one day a week writing good news stories about the work of the Diocese.
I also employ freelance support for photography and video work as and when required and as limited budget availability allows.
Ronnie Semley, Diocesan Communications Manager
E: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
T: 01254 503416
Karen Ashcroft, Senior Administrator (including support for communications)
E: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
T: 01254 503070
Mark Ashley, Diocesan News Reporter (volunteer position, one day a week)