New Prior installed
Rodney Green, former Chief Executive of
Leicester City Council, has been formally installed
as Prior (Chairman) of the Priory of England and the
Islands of The Order of St John.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, The Grand
Prior, carried out the installation ceremony on Tuesday 14
September at The Priory Church of the Order of St John in
Business leaders, dignitaries and charitable heads gathered for
the formal ceremony, which also marked the departure of the
outgoing Prior, Sir Brian Jenkins GBE.
Mr Green is himself an accomplished business leader and came to the
post of Prior late in June. The ceremony has formalised the
appointment and his significant post within the historic
Honoured to be appointed to historic post
The Order of St John was founded as a Christian charity in the
11th Century. Today it is a Royal Order of
Chivalry, with Her Majesty The Queen as its Sovereign Head. It
comprises two dynamic foundations – the first aid charity,
St John Ambulance, and the St John of
Jerusalem Eye Hospital.
'I am delighted to be taking up this post within an organisation
of great heritage and international reputation.'
'It is a particularly significant time for St John Ambulance
given that this year it launched a contemporary and
thought-provoking campaign to raise awareness about the importance
of first aid. Each year, up to 150,000 people die
in situations where first aid could have given them a
chance to live. St John Ambulance equips people with
vital life saving skills so that they can be the difference,' said
Passionate about first aid
Mr Green first undertook a St John Ambulance first aid course 40
years ago and recently completed a refresher course. While doing
the course he realised how important it is for everyone to learn
such valuable life skills.
'If we could just have one first aider in every street, in every
car, in every classroom and office, then it really would mean a
huge number of lives would be saved across the UK.'
Mr Green is passionate about getting this message across
during the period of his role as Prior and is looking forward to
not only working with the team in London, but to visiting more than
40 counties around the country.
'At every one of those are St John Ambulance volunteers – nearly
40,000 across the country including many thousands of young people
– working tirelessly in the community to ensure that first aid
skills are available when and where needed.'
A father of two, 57-year-old Mr Green has been on the board of a
number of organisations including, currently, British
Waterways. He served on the National Advisory
Panel for the Beacon Scheme and on the Migration Impacts
Married to Helen for 35 years, he was part of the
Cambridge Climate Project under the leadership of
Al Gore, seeking to address society's
approach to climate change.
Mr Green was selected for the post after retiring from his role
at Leicester City Council. He was joined at the event by his