Rt Revd Richard Atkinson, OBE, Bishop of Bedford
Richard has been Bishop of Bedford since 2012. Previously he was Archdeacon of Leicester, and prior to that, Vicar of Rotherham. Richard’s ministry has included significant commitment to community focused mission and engagement. This has included being Vice-Chair of a major Housing Association group, Chair of a New Deal for Employment programme, and Chair of a New Deal for Communities programme. He is Co-Chair of the Inter Faith Network UK, and Chair of Council of the Eastern Ministry Training Course, a Near Neighbours Trustee and Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education. Richard is married to Helen, a Professor of Engineering, and has three young adult children. He enjoys cooking, walking, and listening to the Archers.