I joined the Shaftesbury team in September 2010, before that I was priest in charge in Ashwell, Hinxworth and Newnham in Hertfordshire, and before that I was curate at St. Peter’s Parkstone in Poole being ordained in 2002. Many people ask me what I did before, and what is my PhD is in: well, I studied for my PhD at Liverpool University in Electronics and after my study I joined with a colleague and we started our own business back in 1991. Designing computer Vision Systems from the ideas of our research, we specialised in high speed Vision Systems, which are special computers that are connected to video cameras that are then able to process the images from the cameras. These systems were then integrated into a wide range of other companies’ control equipment to perform tasks such as remote inspection, robotic guidance, banking systems and production systems to name but a few. But in 2000, through answers to prayer and much discernment, I started training for the priesthood, and was ordained at Salisbury in 2002.
I am passionate about how people relate to God: that understanding themselves and knowing their own personality gives them insights to understanding and relating to God. I have a love of liturgy and collective worship and my spirituality is routed in music, prayer and the Eucharist. I am married to Jenny, have a delightful daughter Grace 6, and a son Arthur 5. I play the Bassoon, design celtic knotwork, have a 1976 VW bay-window campervan, and a 1966 beetle which you will see me out and about in the parishes. We also have three cats, nine chickens - Oh and I am still interested in computers and electronics, not so much designing them but getting them to work for me and for God. So I am the 'Webmaster' for this site
In the Shaftesbury Team I have oversight of St James’ and St John’s and Mebury Abbas, I am Rural Dean of the Blackmore Vale Deanery, a member of the diocesan communications group, a Associate Vocations Coordinator in the diocese, on Diocesan Synod, and also a governor of The Abbey Primary School next to St James.
... I guess that’s probably enough