Bishop Anna is the Bishop of Ripon. Anna grew up in the West Country and studied Business and Anthropology at the University of Durham; which sparked a love of the Northern countryside. “I have felt drawn back to the North of England for a number of years and have a strong sense of God’s call to this particular role.”
Prior to entering ministry, Anna worked in strategic marketing, including a role in Croydon Council where she launched a successful programme that helped local businesses cut their impact on the environment and, in her spare time, developed a community-run fair-trade shop. Increasingly involved in church, community and justice work, she discerned God’s call to ordained ministry, and following in the footsteps of her father and previous generations Anna was ordained Deacon in the Diocese of Southwark in 2008. During her training Anna had a placement at the World Council of Churches in Geneva. This was a formative time as she lived and studied in a community alongside 30 or so ministers from all over the world and from many different denominations – ever since, ecumenism has remained a priority.
Bishop Anna has most recently served as part of the Oxted Team Ministry in the Diocese of Southwark (four churches in Surrey) where, since 2019, she has been Team Rector. For the last six years she has also been the Dean of Women’s Ministry, advocating for, and developing the ministry of lay and ordained women in the diocese and advising senior staff on such matters. Anna has also served as an Honorary Chaplain to the Monarch since 2020.
Saxophone-playing Anna is married to Nigel and they have two school-aged daughters. They enjoy family trips out in their VW campervan along with visiting museums, galleries, arts events and the seaside. She also likes creative writing, walks in the country, trying to up-cycle furniture and chatting over a glass of something chilled.