Carl Cooper

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The Right Reverend

Carl Cooper,

BA, MPhil
Bishop of St David's
Province Wales
Diocese St David's
Installed 2002
Term ended 2008
Predecessor Huw Jones
Successor Wyn Evans
Other posts Archdeacon of Meirionnydd
Consecration 2002
Personal details
Birth name Carl Norman Cooper
Born (1960-08-04) 4 August 1960 (age 54)
Nationality British
Denomination Church in Wales
Spouse Amanda Claire

Carl Cooper (born 1960) was the Bishop of St. David's from 2002 to 2008.

Early life[edit]

Cooper was born on 4 August 1960 and grew up in Wigan in Lancashire. He first spent time in Wales as an undergraduate at the University of Wales, Lampeter, where he took a degree in French before studying theology at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford.[1]

Unusually for a non-native Welsh Bishop, Cooper is a fluent Welsh-speaker. He received a Master of Philosophy degree for a study in bilingualism in the Church in Wales.


He served as curate in Llanelli, then as the Rector of Ciliau Aeron, Ceredigion.[2] He also served at Dolgellau and as Archdeacon of Meirionnydd.

Episcopal career[edit]

He was elected and consecrated Bishop of St David's in 2002. In February 2008 it was announced that Cooper was to split from his wife of 25 years, Joy.[3]

There then followed press speculation linking Cooper with his chaplain and communications officer, the Reverend Mandy Williams Potter. After consultation with the Archbishop of Wales, Cooper took a leave of absence on 12 March 2008;[4] and then resigned his position on 29 April 2008.[5][6][7] He was subsequently appointed Chief Executive of PAVO,[8] a post that he still holds as of 2014.[9]

Cooper and Uganda[edit]

In his role as bishop, Cooper was invited to Uganda by the "old friend of west Wales", George Katwesigye,[10] there he met MP and University of Wales graduate David Bahati. At that meeting Cooper was quoted as saying, "Wales' influence often stretches further than we realise."[11] David Bahati later tried to pass an act through the Ugandan Parliament to have the death penalty applied to certain homosexual acts.[12] Bishop George Katwesigye has accused perpetrators of homosexuality of "indirectly bringing back colonialism in Uganda".[13]


  1. ^ Who's Who 2008 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  2. ^ Crockford's clerical directory1995, (London, Church House 1994) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  3. ^ Daily Telegraph, 22 February 2008, p7
  4. ^ "Bishop given leave over rumours". BBC Wales News. March 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  5. ^ "Bishop resigns after speculation". BBC Wales News. April 29, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  6. ^ Bishop and Vicar resign after gossip over "love affair"-article by Tom Peterkin in The Daily Telegraph issue no 47,558 (dated 30th April, 2008)
  7. ^ "Press Release - Bishop of St Davids resigns". Church in Wales. April 29, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  8. ^ Williamson, David (30 June 2008). "First day in a new job for the ex-bishop who's now Mr Cooper". The Western Mail. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Chief Executive". PAVO. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
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