About me

I am a priest, writer and academic.  I am the National Adviser on Ecumenical Relations for the Church of England. I was Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge from 2014 to 2021.  Previously I was Dean of Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, where I was privileged to work with its wonderful choir, and the late Sir Stephen Cleobury, in that magnificent building.  The product of a south London State school, and of parish Anglicanism, I read Modern History at Oxford, where I also did my doctorate, before working for some years in management consultancy and university management, including a spell at the LSE.  After reading Theology at Cambridge, I was ordained and served as a parish priest in Battersea.  I was Vice-Principal of Westcott House from 1996 to 2001, and Dean of Trinity Hall from 2001 to 2010.  My specialisms are modern religious history, including the Anglican tradition, the ecumenical movement, and arguments about secularization.  I will put details of my books and other writings elsewhere on this site.  I am a committed ecumenist, liberal Catholic and sacramental socialist.  My passions are my family, music (I am a bad piano player), poetry, the built environment, hill-walking and, on the rare occasions I can do it, horse-riding.