Trevor Willmott

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The Rt Revd
Trevor Willmott
Bishop of Dover
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Canterbury
Installed 6 February 2010
Predecessor Stephen Venner
Other posts Bishop of Basingstoke (2002–2009)
Ordination 1973
Consecration 2002
Personal details
Born (1950-03-29) 29 March 1950 (age 65)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence The Old Palace, Canterbury[1]
Spouse Margaret[2]
Children 1 daughter, Elizabeth[2]
Alma mater St Peter's College, Oxford

Trevor Willmott (born 29 March 1950) is the Bishop of Dover (Bishop in Canterbury) in the Diocese of Canterbury since 2010.[3] Willmott was previously the Bishop of Basingstoke in the Diocese of Winchester from 2002 to 2009.


Willmott undertook an undergraduate degree at St Peter's College, Oxford before studying for ordination at Fitzwilliam College and Westcott House, Cambridge. He was a curate at St George's, 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 HM and American Forces in Southern Europe from 1979 to 1983. All of these appointments were in the Diocese of Europe.

In 1983, Willmott returned to the United Kingdom as Rector of Ecton 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; continuing with his director roles having relinquished his posts of rector and warden in 1989.

Willmott was made a residentiary canon and precentor of Peterborough Cathedral in 1989; he held these posts and continued with his director roles until 1997, when he became a residentiary canon of Durham Cathedral and Archdeacon of Durham. In 2002 he was ordained to the episcopate and succeeded the Rt Revd Geoffrey Rowell following Rowell's appointment as Bishop of Gibraltar.[4] He was installed as the Bishop of Basingstoke on 11 May 2002 at Winchester Cathedral.[5]


  • Trevor Willmott Esq (1950–1973)
  • The Revd Trevor Willmott (1973–1989)
  • The Revd Canon Trevor Willmott (1989–1997)
  • The Ven Trevor Willmott (1997–2002)
  • The Rt Revd Trevor Willmott (2002—present)


  1. ^ Canterbury Diocese — Who's Who
  2. ^ a b Canterbury Diocese — Bishop of Dover
  3. ^ Daily Telegraph p30 "Senior appointments in the clergy" issue 48,013 dated 14 October 2009
  4. ^ 10 Downing Street's Press Release regarding Willmott's appointment as Bishop of Basingstoke
  5. ^ Installation of the Bishop of Basingstoke
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Derek Hodgson
Archdeacon of Durham
Succeeded by
Stephen David Conway
Preceded by
Geoffrey Rowell
Bishop of Basingstoke
Succeeded by
Peter Hancock
Preceded by
Stephen Venner
Bishop of Dover