The Moderator

The committee elected to nominate the Moderator chose The Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC (Jim Wallace) as the Moderator of the General Assembly 2021-22.

Lord Wallace
The Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC.

Lord Wallace, an elder and former Deputy First Minister in the Scottish Executive, began his year-long role of ambassador for the Church of Scotland in May 2021, succeeding the 2020-21 Moderator, Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair.

The Moderator—who moderates, or chairs, the annual General Assembly—is nominated by a committee which consists of 15 representatives elected by the General Assembly. The Moderator must also be formally elected by commissioners at the start of the Assembly.

The honorary office is held for one year only. Following the week of the General Assembly, the Moderator acts as an ambassador for the Church of Scotland, frequently being invited to represent the Church at official events at home and abroad.