Nick was born in Liverpool in 1957 and graduated from Bradford University in 1980 with a BA in German and French. Prior to his ordination he was a specialist in modern languages, working briefly in Germany and France.
He graduated from Trinity College, Bristol with a BA in Theological Studies in 1987 and was ordained Deacon in the same year. He was priested in 1988. From 1995-2005 he was a member of the General Synod and in 1999 was appointed to the Crown Appointments Commission Review Group. Through the General Synod he also served on the Partnership for World Mission committee and the Board of Mission.
Nick moved to the Diocese of Southwark in February 2000 to become Archdeacon of Lambeth. He continued his long-held interest in youth work as Chair of the Diocesan Children and Youth Development Group. Other interests include the shaping of the church to face the challenges and oppurtunities of the 21st century, clergy development, ecumenism and mission to people outside the church. As Archdeacon of Lambeth he had oversight of mainly inner-city and suburban churches, with the extra responsibility of sharing the Bishop's staffing and management of them. He was appointed Bishop of Bradford in May 2011.
Nick was a Non-executive Director of Ecclesiastical Insurance from 2002-2010. He is the Anglican co-chair of the Meissen Commission (which develops relations between the Church of England and the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland), chair of the Sandford St. Martin Trust (religious media awards), and represents the Archbishop of Canterbury in international interfaith conferences.
For many years he has regularly contributed to the media in the UK and beyond and has spoken on BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought for over a decade, currently contributing to the Chris Evans Breakfast Show. He has written five books for St. Andrews Press. He was consecrated Bishop of Croydon in May 2003 at St. Paul's Cathedral. He is married to Linda and they have three adult children and one grandchild.
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