Rev. Canon Ann Easter is the first Chaplain to HM the Queen to come from Newham.
Mother-of-three Ann is seen here in the scarlet cassock of the Chapel Royal and wearing the badge of her office. This prestigious role within the Church of England requires her to preach once a year at St James's Palace. Ann Easter became a deaconess in 1980 and was ordained as priest in 1994, becoming the first female canon in the Borough in 2000. She was also Newham's first female area dean. The appointment of Chaplain to the Queen was made in 2007. She works full time as chief executive of the Renewal Programme, based in Forest Gate.
(Source: Newham Recorder 19/9/07. Photo: Kathy Taylor, Newham Heritage & Archives)