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10th December 2018

A former Peterborough Cathedral choirman who later rose to become chairman and CEO of
Multipart Bus Parts – a successor part of the Leyland-DAF Group – and lives in Lancashire
has been appointed as a vice-president of the Prayer Book Society (PBS).

The appointment of Neil Inkley (86) brings to five the current number of vice-presidents of
the PBS which encourages rediscovery and use of the majesty and spiritual depth of the
Book of Common Prayer at the heart of the Church of England’s worship.

The others are Frank Field MP, Anthony Kilmister OBE, the Rev Dr Roger Beckwith and
Professor Roger Homan.

Those invited to become vice-presidents are either distinguished in church or secular life or
are people whom the PBS wishes to honour in respect of their service to the society.

Mr Inkley, whose home is in Walton-le-Dale near Preston, joined the PBS in 1984 and held
the position of honorary secretary and treasurer of the society’s Blackburn Diocese Branch
for 30 years. During this period he was national vice-chairman of the PBS for 12 years and
editor of its newsletter. Subsequently he was chairman of the society’s Branches
Representative Council.

For the past 18 years Mr Inkley has been convenor of the trustees of the PBS Edith Matthias
Prayer Book Trust Fund which helps parish churches and similar institutions within the
Church of England to buy copies of the Book of Common Prayer which they might otherwise
be unable to afford, thus maintaining or introducing Prayer Book worship.

Mr Inkley, who has been a member of the congregation of Blackburn Cathedral for 47 years,
is a popular speaker who has addressed members of 15 PBS branches across the country.
Prior to retirement in from a career in industry in 1995 Mr Inkley held senior positions with
ICI, Perkins Engines, Findus and Leyland.

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