The tenth female bishop, the Rev Canon Jo Bailey-Wells has been appointed as the new Suffragan Bishop of Dorking, in Guildford Diocese. Jo is currently the Archbishop of Canterbury’s chaplain and is well acquainted with WATCH’s work and that of Transformations.
Ten out of 42 Dioceses now have female bishops as well as male: nearly one quarter of the total. That is a tremendous shift in the sixteen months since both sexes were eligible for appointment. However, we continue to need to dispel the myth that ‘men don’t have a hope of being appointed now’: please note that more men than women have been appointed as bishops during this period.
The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Canon Jo Bailey Wells, MA, PhD, Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, to the Suffragan See of Dorking in the Diocese of Guildford. She succeeds the Right Reverend Ian James Brackley, MA, on his resignation on 30 September 2015.