Country of origin: United Kingdom
Bishop of Brechin, Scottish Episcopal Church
As an Archdeacon – a senior executive leader in the Church of England – I was attracted to the Critical Management programme at Lancaster University in 2003 where I enjoyed engaging with other professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. The Management School has a friendly atmosphere and from the start I found the academic and support staff very attentive to the needs of a mature, part-time, distance student. I have made many new friends and connections, not least my welcoming B&B hosts on the edge of the beautiful Forest of Bowland.
In 2005 it was suggested that I continue at Lancaster working towards a PhD in Management Learning & Leadership. Researching the Church with a degree of critical distance was proving productive. My supervisor, Dr Caroline Gatrell, was throughout a brilliant, critical encouragement as I engaged in an empirical, qualitative study of the life and work of the ordained personnel within my own organisation – bringing together theological, social science and management insights. In October 2009 I was awarded my doctorate for a thesis, Managing Lives: The embodiment of priesthood in Church of England clergy.
Together with Caroline Gatrell I am currently writing a book developing my research: Managing Clergy Lives: Obedience, Sacrifice, Intimacy, to be published by Continuum. It focuses on the enduring vocational commitment of clergy and making, we hope, a stimulating contribution to social theories of embodiment and debates about faith professionals in the 21st century.
Since 2010 I have been an Honorary Teaching Fellow of Lancaster's Graduate Management School and enjoy sharing my ongoing research ideas and helping others with work-life-study and adult-learning issues.
In October 2011 I take up a new appointment as Bishop of Brechin in the Scottish Episcopal Church, based in the city of Dundee where I was ordained and my family life began thirty years ago. I shall be maintaining my links with Lancaster, though!