Tuesday 23 May 2006

New Bishop of Birmingham appointed

23 May 2006

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Right Reverend David Andrew Urquhart BA, Suffragan Bishop of Birkenhead, for election as Bishop of Birmingham in succession to the Most Reverend and Right Honourable John Mugabi Tucker Sentamu LLB MA MPhil PhD following his translation to the See of York.

Notes for Editors

David Urquhart (aged 54) was educated at Rugby and Ealing College Business School. He subsequently worked as a volunteer in Uganda for a year in 1971, and then joined BP and worked in various commercial roles for ten years before training for the ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He was curate at St Nicholas, Kingston upon Hull from 1984 to 1987, Team Vicar of Drypool from 1987 to 1992, and from 1992 to 2000 Vicar of Holy Trinity, Coventry. He has been the Suffragan Bishop of Birkenhead since 2000. He has also been chairman of the Church Mission Society since 1994 and chairman of Wirral Local Strategic Partnership since 2002. In 2005 he was made Prelate of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michel and St George.

David Urquhart is single. His recreations include walking in the Scottish Highlands, playing fives and watching films.

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