Prior to ordination, Margaret Sentamu’s background has been in recruitment and consultancy. She worked for a number of years in the private, public and third sector which included a period as Senior Selection Secretary, overseeing the team responsible for the recruitment of future clergy for the Church of England.
She is currently a Lay Adjudicator for the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and a Lay Assessor for CIPFA member accountants who breach the Code of Conduct and bye-laws. Until recently she was a Non-Executive Director of the Leeds & York Mental Health Trust; on the board of Traidcraft, which helps to fight poverty through fair trade, and President of Mildmay International (HIV/Aids).
She maintains an ongoing interest and support of a number of charities mainly to do with education, health and poverty and domestic abuse. She is married to the Archbishop of York and they have four grown-up children, and grandchildren.