Humphrey Southern

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The Right Reverend
Humphrey Southern
Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon
Church Church of England
Appointed April 2015
Predecessor Martyn Percy
Other posts Bishop of Repton (2007–2015)
Ordination 1987
Consecration 1 May 2007
Personal details
Born (1960-09-17) 17 September 1960 (age 56)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Emma
Children Two
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

Humphrey Ivo John Southern[1] (born 17 September 1960) is a British Anglican bishop. From 2007 to 2015, he was Bishop of Repton, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Derby. Since April 2015, he has been Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon, an Anglican theological college.

Early life[edit]

Southern was born on 17 September 1960. He was educated at Harrow School, an all-boys public school in London, England.[2] He studied history at Christ Church, Oxford and graduated from the University of Oxford with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1982.[3][4] After a period of study at Ripon College Cuddesdon he was ordained in 1987.[5]

Ordained ministry[edit]

His career began with curacies at St Margaret's, Rainham[6] (1986–1990) and St Mary’s Walton-on-the-Hill (1990–1992).[7] After these, he was Vicar of Hale (1992–1996), then Team Rector of the same (1996–1999) and also of Badshot Lea (1997–1999). At the same time he was Ecumenical Officer for the Diocese of Guildford (1992–1999). He was then Team Rector of Tisbury (1999–2001) and of the Nadder Valley Team Ministry (2001–2007), both in the Diocese of Salisbury. He was also Rural Dean of Chalke (2000–2007) and an Honorary Canon and Prebendary of Salisbury Cathedral (2006–2007).[8]

Episcopal ministry[edit]

Southern was consecrated a bishop on 31 May 2007 and installed as Bishop of Repton on 9 June 2007.[9] On 18 November 2014, it was announced that he would succeed Martyn Percy as Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon. He took up the appointment on 1 April 2015.[10]

Marriage and adult life[edit]

A long-term keeper of the English Bull Terrier which he and his family take on walks,[11] Southern is married to Emma with two daughters.[8]


  • Humphrey Southern Esq (1960–1987)
  • The Revd Humphrey Southern (1987–2006)
  • The Revd Canon Humphrey Southern (2006–2007)
  • The Rt Revd Humphrey Southern (2007–present)


Church of England titles
Preceded by
David Hawtin
Bishop of Repton
Succeeded by
Jan McFarlane
Preceded by
Martyn Percy
Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon