Member (Director)
Member (Director)

Role on Trust

Member (Director)

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • BA Hons History MA (Theology)
  • PhD (Theology)

Suitability Statement

As Bishop of Selby I seek to support all initiatives within the Town and its District which enhance the life of our communities. Education is vital to this end and having a wife and two daughters as teachers as well as having spent 16 years in adult education I have seen the dividends of such investment particularly in disadvantaged communities. My role also enables me to advocate for and promote Selby and also means that I visit many schools in North Yorkshire and the East Riding.


2014: Bishop of Selby a role which involves supporting Church of England Schools in North Yorkshire and parts of the East Riding.

2001-2014: Director of Ministry, Diocese of Sheffield running the Sheffield School of Ministry in partnership with the University of York St John training ministers for the Church of England.

1993-2001: Vicar of St Mary’s, Wheatley, Doncaster. John was a primary school governor for 6 years, and a member of a secondary school’s Governors’ Welfare Committee for 3 years.

1989-92: Tutor in St Paul’s Theological College, Grahamstown South Africa and Assistant Lecturer in Rhodes University (1991-2) tutoring, lecturing and training church ministers and university students.