GLASTONBURY, England — An announcement was made at the summer assembly of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids in earlier this month, regarding the selection of a new chosen chief. Eimear Burke, an Irish Druid, will be stepping into the role in 2020 after a two-year transition period, and she will be taking the order forward. In 2020 the current chief, Philip Carr-Gomm, will have been in the role for 32 years. He himself was selected by Ross Nichols, the founder of the order, and initiated on Glastonbury Tor 48 years ago. Carr-Gomm states on his blog, “I will be handing on the leadership of an organization that is flourishing, that doesn’t need changing or fixing, but just needs a steady hand on the tiller while at the same time allowing the order to grow and flourish in a new phase of its life.”
He goes on to say, “If you wait until the leader of a group dies, you create an unstable situation that has so often occurred in the history of spiritual groups.