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Trevor Willmott (born 29 March 1950) is the Bishop of Dover in the Diocese of Canterbury since 2010;[4] the Bishop of Dover is delegated the majority of the Archbishop of Canterbury's responsibilities within the diocese, so that Willmott acts as pseudo-diocesan bishop and is sometimes called the "Bishop in Canterbury". Willmott was previously the suffragan Bishop of Basingstoke in the Diocese of Winchester from 2002 to 2009.

The Right Reverend
Trevor Willmott
Bishop of Dover
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Canterbury
In office 2010–present
Predecessor Stephen Venner
Other posts Bishop of Basingstoke (2002–2009)
Ordination 1974 (deacon)
by John Hare
1975 (priest)
by Robert Runcie
Consecration 2002
by George Carey
Personal details
Born (1950-03-29) 29 March 1950 (age 67)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence The Old Palace, Canterbury[1]
Spouse (m. 1973)[2]
Children one[3]
Alma mater St Peter's College, Oxford


Early life and educationEdit

Willmott undertook an undergraduate degree at St Peter's College, Oxford. He studied for ordination at Fitzwilliam College and Westcott House, Cambridge.

Ordained ministryEdit

Willmott was made a deacon at Petertide 1974 (30 June), by John Hare, Bishop of Bedford, at St Mary's Church, Luton,[5] and ordained a priest the Petertide following (6 July 1975), by Robert Runcie, Bishop of St Albans, at St Albans Cathedral.[6] He was a curate at St George's Church, Parish of Norton, Letchworth Garden City in the Diocese of St Albans from 1974 to 1977. From 1978 to 1979 he was assistant chaplain of Oslo with Trondheim before moving to become the chaplain of Naples with Capri, Bari and Sorrento from 1979 to 1983. He was also Officiating Chaplain to the British and American forces in Southern Europe from 1979 to 1983. All of these appointments were in the Diocese in Europe.

In 1983, Willmott returned to the United Kingdom as Rector of Ecton, Northamptonshire and Warden of the Peterborough diocesan retreat house at Ecton House. In addition to these positions, he became Diocesan Director of Ordinands and of Post-Ordination Training in 1986. He became a Canon residentiary and precentor of Peterborough Cathedral in 1989 (remaining Diocesan Director of Ordinands and of Post-Ordination Training) until 1997, when he became a canon residentiary of Durham Cathedral and Archdeacon of Durham.

Episcopal ministryEdit

On 8 May 2002, Willmott was consecrated a bishop by George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Southwark Cathedral.[7] He succeeded Geoffrey Rowell as Bishop suffragan of Basingstoke (in the Diocese of Winchester) following Rowell's appointment as Bishop in Europe.[8] He was installed as the Bishop of Basingstoke on 11 May 2002 at Winchester Cathedral,[9] and as the Bishop of Dover on 6 February 2010 at Canterbury Cathedral.

In January 2014, in an interim arrangement, Willmott was appointed oversight of the Channel Islands (part of the Diocese of Winchester) following a breakdown of relations with the Bishop of Winchester over the handling of alleged abuse.[10]



  1. ^ Canterbury Diocese — Who's Who
  2. ^ Willmott, Trevor. Who's Who. 2017 (November 2016 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 6 July 2017.   
  3. ^ Canterbury Diocese — Bishop of Dover
  4. ^ Daily Telegraph p30 "Senior appointments in the clergy" issue 48,013 dated 14 October 2009
  5. ^ "Petertide ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5812). 5 July 1974. p. 15. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 6 July 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ "Ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5865). 11 July 1975. p. 15. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 6 July 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ 10 Downing Street's Press Release regarding Willmott's appointment as Bishop of Basingstoke
  9. ^ Installation of the Bishop of Basingstoke
  10. ^ "Bishop of Dover to assume interim episcopal oversight in Channel Islands". The Archbishop of Canterbury. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Derek Hodgson
Archdeacon of Durham
Succeeded by
Stephen Conway
Preceded by
Geoffrey Rowell
Bishop of Basingstoke
Succeeded by
Peter Hancock
Preceded by
Stephen Venner
Bishop of Dover