Diane Kutar and her son Christian

We're delighted to introduce our new part-time administrator, who will start in November 2015 for a handover period with our current administrator, who is retiring at the end of the year.

My name is Diane Kutar and I am delighted to have been appointed as the new administrator for Modern Church.

I am married to Philip and have a six year old son, Christian. We live in Burgess Hill, about 10 miles from the South East Coast. We worship as a family at St Andrew’s Church in Burgess Hill, where I also work as their site co-ordinator.

This involves running and maintaining a large Church site, including two hall spaces, where we are about to complete a £850,000 building project. I deal with all the booking of the space by hirers and the maintenance of the site as well as writing and implementing policies, completing risk assessments, supervising all contracts and monitoring health and safety procedures on site. In the course of the same day you may find me writing a bid for funding, or unblocking a toilet!

I am also the Finance Manager for the large and popular pre-school that runs on the church site under the church’s name. The role with Modern Church very much complements my other work commitments.

My background was initially in financial services, having worked for 16 years for one of the big four banks. Having reached the point where I felt I could no longer align my values with the organisation, I decided on a career change and spent the next phase of my working life as a teacher of business studies, mostly as a Head of Department. During my NQT year and second year of teaching I completed a Masters Degree in Education.

With the arrival of my son I discovered that teaching wasn’t quite as family friendly as one would think! I was pleased to be able to take on two new job opportunities at my church that allowed me to work more flexibly and enjoy some family time. As my son now enters Year 1 at school I find myself ready for a new challenge and am very much looking forward to working with the Trustees and membership of Modern Church.

I have worked as a volunteer with Greenbelt for more than 15 years and for the last five years I have been a team leader, with my team running the reception desk that welcomes all artists and performers to the festival.

My passion and heart are for social justice. I long to be wherever God can be found, and my continual prayer is that He gives me His heart for the things that concern Him and makes His priorities mine. Working for the church is a continual lesson in how amazing God’s grace is and I feel very privileged to be able to play my part.

In my spare time I am a huge Formula 1 fan, I enjoy all kinds of crafts, but especially knitting and cross stitch. We also love a good family trip to the cinema. I am passionate about reading and run my church bookstall.

We wish Diane happiness and fulfilment in her new role.

UPDATE: Since writing this, Diane has been elected to General Synod as a representative of Chichester Diocese, and deserves our congratulations and support.