Bishop of London: Sarah Mullally

The Prime Minister’s Office has confirmed the nomination of the Right Reverend Sarah Elisabeth Mullally for election as Bishop of London. The Press Release is reproduced below.

Bishop of London: Sarah Elisabeth Mullally

Confirmation of the nomination of the Right Reverend Sarah Elisabeth Mullally for election as Bishop of London.

Published 18 December 2017

From: Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Right Reverend Sarah Elisabeth Mullally, DBE, MA, BSc, MSC, DSc(Hons), RGN, Suffragan Bishop of Crediton in the Diocese of Exeter for election as Bishop of London in succession to the Right Reverend and Right Honourable Richard John Carew Chartres, KCVO, PC, on his resignation on the 28 February 2018.

Further information

The Right Reverend Sarah Mullally, DBE, (aged 55) studied first at South Bank University for her BSc followed by a MSc and then at Heythrop College, University of London where she got her MA. She was awarded Honorary Doctorates of Science from Bournemouth University, (2004), University of Wolverhampton (2004) and University of Hertfordshire (2005) and was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2005 for her contribution to nursing and midwifery.

She is a late ordinand who before ordination was Chief Nursing Officer in the Department of Health. She trained for the ministry at the South East Institute for Theologian Education and served her first curacy at Battersea Fields in Southwark Diocese from 2001 to 2006. From 2006 to 2012 she was Team Rector at Sutton in Southwark Diocese. From 2012 to 2015 she was Canon Residentiary and Canon Treasurer at Salisbury Cathedral before taking up her current role in 2015 as Suffragan Bishop of Crediton in the Diocese of Exeter.

Sarah Mullally is married to Eamonn and they have two children. She has continued her interest in the health service having been a non-executive director at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust then at Salisbury NHS Foundation Hospital. She is a member of Council at King’s College London University. She is a novice potter.


The Church of England Press Release, here, includes some useful facts and figures concerning the Diocese of London. Also, Thinking Anglicans has posted Reactions by and to the new Bishop of London

We note this Bishop Sarah’s appointment is further proof that, in common with general election results, predictions (and the bookies’ favourites) are often not a good guide to the outcome.

Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "Bishop of London: Sarah Mullally" in Law & Religion UK, 18 December 2017,

2 thoughts on “Bishop of London: Sarah Mullally

  1. Sounds very positive news for London. We need looking after, and what could be better than a former Chief Nursing Officer who studied in London itself.

  2. Pingback: Law and religion round-up – 24th December | Law & Religion UK

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *