If you wanted a blog run by an experienced blogger look elsewhere – I am a beginner. I am a mum, a Bishop in the Church of England, Dame and poor potter – welcome.
I started writing my blog while a Team Rector in Sutton Surrey. My study sat under the shadow of a car park – hence the title.
I was born in Woking Surrey in 1962 and following a very middle class education trained as a nurse at the London South Bank Poly and the Nightingale School of Nursing on a BSC Hons Nursing programme – so not quite a ‘True Nightingale’. I later went onto gain a Msc in Inter Professional Health and Welfare Studies at the London South Bank University.
I have had over 35 year experience in the health service. I was appointed as the youngest Chief Nursing Officer in 1999 a post I held until 2004. With responsibility for over 400,000 nurses and midwives I advised the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Health and other senior officials on issues related to the professions as well as having responsibility for improving people’s experience of the NHS. I was Vice Chair and non executive Director at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust from 2005 to 2013. I am presently a non executive Director at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
I trained part time at the South East Institute for Theological Education becoming a deacon in 2001 and priest in 2002 completing a MA in Pastoral Theology at Heythrop College, University of London in 2006. I was appointed in September 2006 as Rector to the Anglican Sutton Team Ministry and installed as a Residentiary Canon at Salisbury Cathedral in September 2012 and was consecrated as the fourth women bishop in the Church of England on July 22nd 2015. I have taught Ethics on the Southwark Readers course and I was involved in the Clergy Leadership Programme and now sit on the Church of England’s Dioceses Commission. I was an independent governor and Pro Chancellor at the London South Bank University until 2015. I was awarded an Honorary Fellow of the South Bank University and Christ Church Canterbury University and have been awarded honorary Doctorates by Bournemouth University, Wolverhampton University and the University of Hertfordshire. I am a non executive director at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
I am married to Eamonn with two children and a Chocolate Labrador and became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2005 in recognition of my contribution to nursing and midwifery.
I took up pottery a few years ago as something I did with my daughter – she excels, whilst I make pots – just.