LSBU alumna and former Governor appointed as Bishop
10 June 2015
The Revd Dame Sarah Mullally is the fourth woman bishop to be appointed by the Church of England, and the
first in the South West.
A former nurse,
Dame Sarah had a distinguished service in the NHS before ordination,
culminating in her appointment as the government's Chief Nursing Officer for
England in 1999, when she was the youngest person to be appointed to the post.
Dame Sarah started
her nursing career at what was then the South Bank Polytechnic in 1980 and
became a Registered General Nurse with a BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies. She
returned again in 1990 and obtained an MSc in Interprofessional Health and
Welfare Studies including a distinction in research.
as an independent Governor for LSBU from 2005 until her retirement from the
board in early 2015.
2001, Dame Sarah served her curacy in St Saviour's Battersea Fields, initially
as a self-supporting minister. She left her post as Chief Nursing Officer in
2004 to take up full time ministry becoming a Team Rector in Sutton, Surrey in
2006. In 2012 she was installed as Canon Treasurer at Salisbury Cathedral.
She was made
a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2005 in recognition of her
outstanding contribution to nursing and midwifery.
The Revd Dame
Sarah Mullally said: "Throughout my life, as both a nurse and a priest, I have
experienced God's enduing love and I hope as Bishop to be able to share that
love with others.
future ministry in the Diocese of Exeter I hope to encourage and enable
Christians to grow in their faith, to share that faith with confidence and to
serve the people of Devon with joy."
She will be consecrated as Bishop of Crediton in Canterbury Cathedral in July,
alongside the first woman to be appointed as a diocesan bishop, the Venerable
Rachel Treweek, who is to be Bishop of Gloucester.