Brought up in an Army family and read History at Oxford before ordination training at Ridley Hall. Worked (gap-years) as a housefather in Children's Homes in Nottinghamshire and as an ambulance driver in Stevenage. Ordained to a title in Watford after a brief spell doing missionary work with BMMF (now Interserve) in India.
Subsequent ministry has included Tutor (Ethics and Pastoral Theology) in a Theological College; Minister of an Ecumenical Project; Rural Dean; Residentiary Canon (Chester Cathedral); DDO and Director of Ministry. Consecrated as Bishop of Penrith in 2002 and became Bishop of Carlisle in 2009. Currently lead bishop for Healthcare and also the URC; Chair of the National Stewardship Committee; President of St John's College Durham and Deputy Lieutenant for Cumbria. Became Member of the House of Lords in November 2013.
Married with 4 grown-up children, his interests include film and the history of art.