Area Bishop of Ripon
The new Bishop of Ripon is Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley. She was welcomed to the diocese on 4 February 2018.
Bishop Helen-Ann was previously Bishop of Waikato in New Zealand, an office she has held since 2014. At the time she was the first woman priest ordained in the Church of England to become a bishop. She succeeds Bishop James Bell who retired last year.
Bishop Helen-Ann was born in Edinburgh and grew up in north-east England. She is the fourth generation of her family to be ordained, and was priested in 2006 in the Diocese of Oxford.
She worked as one of a team ministering to 12 rural parishes in Oxfordshire before being appointed as the Director of Biblical Studies and a lecturer in the New Testament at Ripon College Cuddesdon, near Oxford.
Helen-Ann, with her husband Myles who is a musician and church organist, went to New Zealand in 2010 to undertake research at St John’s College – and returned there in February 2011 to take up the position as Dean. In 2014 she became joint diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki, unique in the Anglican Communion with two equal bishops sharing jurisdiction across the whole of the diocese.
PA: Judith Richardson. 01677 423525. Office hours: Monday - Thursday, 9.00 am - 2.00 pm. Office Closed on Friday.
Bishop of Ripon Office Address: Thistledown, Exelby, Bedale, North Yorkshire DL8 2HD.