Trevor Willmott

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Trevor Willmott
Bishop to the Channel Islands
(honorary assistant bishop)
DioceseDiocese of Winchester
In office2014–present
Other postsBishop of Basingstoke (2002–2009)
Bishop of Dover (2010–2019)
Ordination1974 (deacon)
by John Hare
1975 (priest)
by Robert Runcie
by George Carey
Personal details
Born (1950-03-29) 29 March 1950 (age 69)
(m. 1973)
Alma materSt Peter's College, Oxford

Trevor Willmott (born 29 March 1950) is a British retired bishop in the Church of England. He served as Bishop of Basingstoke (one of two suffragan bishops in the Diocese of Winchester) from 2002 to 2009 and then Bishop of Dover (de facto diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Canterbury) from 2010 until his retirement in 2019. In retirement, he remains bishop for the Channel Islands.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

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

Ordained ministry[edit]

Willmott was made a deacon at Petertide 1974 (30 June), by John Hare, Bishop of Bedford, at St Mary's Church, Luton,[4] and ordained a priest the Petertide following (6 July 1975), by Robert Runcie, Bishop of St Albans, at St Albans Cathedral.[5] 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 ministry[edit]

On 8 May 2002, Willmott was consecrated a bishop by George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Southwark Cathedral.[6] He succeeded Geoffrey Rowell as Bishop suffragan of Basingstoke (in the Diocese of Winchester) following Rowell's appointment as Bishop in Europe.[7] He was installed as the Bishop of Basingstoke on 11 May 2002 at Winchester Cathedral.[8] In 2010, he was translated to Dover: the Bishop suffragan of Dover is legally delegated full responsibility for the Diocese of Canterbury, acting as diocesan bishop in place of the Archbishop of Canterbury (who is Primate of All England and first bishop in the Anglican Communion);[9] Willmott was installed as the Bishop of Dover on 6 February 2010 at Canterbury Cathedral.

In January 2014, in an interim arrangement, Willmott was appointed to 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] Willmott's retirement has been announced[11] for 12 May 2019.[12] In retirement, Willmott retains oversight of the Channel Islands and his commission as an honorary assistant bishop of the Diocese of Winchester.[3]



  1. ^ "Willmott, Trevor". Who's Who. 2017 (November 2016 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 6 July 2017. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  2. ^ Canterbury Diocese — Bishop of Dover
  3. ^ a b "Bishop of Dover retires". The Diocese of Canterbury. 13 May 2019. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Petertide ordinations". Church Times (#5812). 5 July 1974. p. 15. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 6 July 2017 – via UK Press Online archives.
  5. ^ "Ordinations". Church Times (#5865). 11 July 1975. p. 15. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 6 July 2017 – via UK Press Online archives.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ 10 Downing Street's Press Release regarding Willmott's appointment as Bishop of Basingstoke Archived 19 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Installation of the Bishop of Basingstoke Archived 22 July 2011 at
  9. ^ Daily Telegraph p30 "Senior appointments in the clergy" issue 48,013 dated 14 October 2009
  10. ^ "Bishop of Dover to assume interim episcopal oversight in Channel Islands". The Archbishop of Canterbury. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  11. ^ Diocese of Canterbury — Bishop of Dover announces retirement (Accessed 12 October 2018)
  12. ^
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
Succeeded by
Rose Hudson-Wilkin