The Bishop’s Staff and other senior leaders work together to guide, lead, inspire, support and encourage all who work in diocesan, school or parish contexts.
Connected into networks across our whole diocesan community, they remain in touch with all aspects of diocesan life, learning, listening and taking decisions about our overall vision, priorities and resources. Find out more about our leadership team by exploring the profiles below.
The Rt Revd Stephen Lake
Bishop of Salisbury
Bishop Stephen was born and grew up in Poole, Dorset and served part of his early ministry in the diocese. During his Service of Inauguration, Bishop Stephen preached on the Parable of the Talents and surprised everyone at the service with a £10 gift!
The Rt Revd Karen Gorham
Bishop of Sherborne
As Bishop of Sherborne, Bishop Karen oversees the work in Dorset and supports the diocesan Bishop of Salisbury. Bishop Karen is also patron of a number of local charities: Routes to Roots homeless charity, the Sherborne Abbey Festival, and the Dorset Community Foundation.
The Rt Revd Andrew Rumsey
Bishop of Ramsbury
The Bishop of Ramsbury is responsible for the Wiltshire parts of the Diocese of Salisbury (plus one parish in Dorset and four in Hampshire). As well as being an author, he is also a musician with a longstanding interest in song writing.
Diocesan Secretary and Chief Executive Officer
David was appointed in 2019 as the Diocesan Secretary and CEO of the Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF). David’s formative experiences were in working with people living with leprosy in India. Outside the Diocese, David is Chair of the Board of Traidcraft Exchange.
Canon Joy Tubbs MBE
Director of Education
Canon Joy Tubbs MBE has been the Director of Education for the Diocese of Salisbury since 2011. Before that, Joy worked as a front-line teacher for 14 years and spent a further 10 years in school improvement to the highest level.
The Very Revd Nicholas Papadopulos
Dean of Salisbury
As Dean and senior priest, he shares responsibility with the Bishop and members of Cathedral staff in the oversight of the diocese. Prior to otdination Deean Nick worked for seven years as barrister specializing in criminal law, both defending and prosecuting.
The Ven Penny Sayer
Archdeacon of Sherborne
Penny was appointed Archdeacon of Sherborne in 2018 and has a heart for mission, social justice and The Church. Before ordination, she was a research historian who went on to train at the South East Institute for Theological Education, Canterbury.
The Ven Antony MacRow-Wood
Archdeacon of Dorset
Antony became Archdeacon of Dorset in 2015. He chairs the Board of Education and leads the diocesan link with Evreux in Normandy.
The Ven Sue Groom
Archdeacon of Wilts
Sue was appointed Archdeacon of Wilts in 2016. Sue holds a degree in Linguistics, an MPhil in Computer Speech and Language Processing.
The Ven Alan Jeans MB
Archdeacon of Sarum
Alan was appointed the Archdeacon of Sarum in 2003. He has served as an Army Cadet Force Chaplain since 2002, and is the Honorary Chaplain to the Rifles Association. He was awarded an MBE for services to Army Chaplaincy in June 2021.
The Very Revd Michael R Keirle
Dean of Jersey
Dean Michael was appointed as the Dean of Jersey and Rector of the Parish Church of St Helier in 2017. He worked in Agricultural Research, prior to Ordination Training at Trinity Theological College, Bristol. Mike enjoy links with Africa and is a Trustee of a UK Charity based in Kenya.
The Very Revd Tim R Barker
Dean of Guernsey
As Dean, Tim is the Bishop’s Commissary in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, where as senior priest, he leads the Church in its ministry and mission, and its engagement with civic and public life, in Alderney, Guernsey and Sark.
The Revd Canon Jonathan Triffitt
Director of Mission and Ministry and Deputy Diocesan Secretary
Revd Jonathan was appointed Director of Mission and Ministry and Deputy Diocesan Secretary in 2020. He leads a team to support, serve, and resource local churches in three key areas: discipleship, leadership and community transformation, across all levels (Benefice, Deanery and our Diocesan Board of Education schools)
Director of Parish Support, Governance and Administration
Elizabeth was appointed to the role of Director of Parish Support in March 2020 and has 15 years' of working in the financial services sector prior to joining The Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF).
Director of Communications and Engagement
Rebecca works with Bishops and the senior leadership team to provide a strategic oversight to all communications. She also manages external relationships with the media and other influencers.
Deputy Director of Education and Finance Director
Giles qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1992 and has over twenty years’ experience of working at Finance Director level in the charitable, education and health sectors.
Assistant Director of Education
Mandy was appointed to the DBE as Assistant Director in 2014 and has 19 years of experience in nursery and primary education across the country prior to this post.