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Resignations and retirements

23 October 2020

Birkenhead retirement

THE Rt Revd Keith Sinclair, Suffragan Bishop of Birkenhead in the diocese of Chester, since 2008, is to retire on 8 March, 14 years to the day of his consecration. Bishop Sinclair, who will be 68 in December, was a solicitor before training at Cranmer Hall, Durham, and served in Birmingham diocese from 1984 to 2001, as parish priest, area dean, hospital chaplain, and an Hon. Canon of Birmingham Cathedral. He served as Vicar of Holy Trinity, Coventry, until his nomination to the see of Birkenhead.

In a video call with the Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Mark Tanner, on Wednesday of last week to announce his retirement, Bishop Sinclair said that highlights of his episcopal ministry included work in the parishes, deaneries, with schools, and prisons.

Bishop Sinclair and his wife, Rosie, plan to retire to Manchester diocese, where two of their three children live.

The other suffragan see in the diocese, that of Stockport, is currently vacant, after the Rt Revd Libby Lane’s translation to Derby.


ALLMAN. The Revd Susan Allman, Vicar of Titchfield (Portsmouth).

BARTON. The Revd Sandra Barton, house-for-duty Assistant Curate (Parish Priest of Barton Mills, Freck­enham, West Row and Wor­ling­­ton) of Mildenhall, Diocesan Environ­ment Officer, and Hon. Canon of St Edmundsbury Cathe­dral (St Edmundsbury & Ipswich): 5 November.

FINN. The Revd Andrew Finn, Priest-in-Charge of St Simon’s, Southsea (Portsmouth).

SCHOFIELD. The Revd Sarah Schofield, Bishop’s Adviser for Women in Ministry, remaining Senior Chaplain to the University of Wolverhampton, and Prebendary of Lichfield Cathedral (Lichfield).

TRAPNELL. The Revd Sandra Trapnell, OLM of the Good Shepherd, West Derby (Liverpool): 8 November.

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