The Right Reverend Timothy Stevens CBE

Chair, Common Purpose UK

Bishop Tim Stevens was raised in a rural vicarage in Essex and went to Chigwell School. After leaving school he spent a year in Zambia with Voluntary Service Overseas and then read Classics and English at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Subsequently he spent five years as a Management Trainee with the British Overseas Airways Corporation. This was followed by two years as a Second Secretary in the South Asian Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He trained for ordination at Ripon Hall, Oxford and subsequently at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. He was ordained in 1976 as Curate in East Ham, East London. Subsequently he was Team Rector of Canvey Island in Essex.

As Bishop's Urban Officer in the Chelmsford Diocese and as Archdeacon of West Ham he was engaged in developing the Church Urban Fund projects and in reshaping Church buildings for the contemporary needs of the Church's mission in the City. Before taking up his present position, he was Suffragan Bishop of Dunwich in the County of Suffolk, working particularly with community and voluntary agencies in preparation for Regional Government.

He was Bishop of Leicester from June 1999 - July 2015. During this time, Bishop Tim was also the Convenor of the Lords Spiritual, a coordinating and representational role for those Bishops sitting in the House of Lords. In the House of Lords, he spoke for the bench of bishops on welfare, children & family, and constitutional issues.

He has also been a member of the Archbishop's Council, House of Bishop's Standing Committee, Chair of the Council of Westcott House Theological College in Cambridge, and a Governor of De Montfort University.

Bishop Tim's other interests include a keen attachment to cricket and rugby, and he enjoys walking.