Sarah Mullally studied first at South Bank University for her BSc followed by a MSc and then at Heythrop College, University of London where she got her MA. Before ordination (in 2001) she was England’s Chief Nursing Officer in the Department of Health. She was awarded Honorary Doctorates of Science from Bournemouth University, (2004), University of Wolverhampton (2004) and University of Hertfordshire (2005) and was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2005 for her contribution to nursing and midwifery.
She trained for the ministry at t he South East Institute for Theologian Education and served her first curacy at Battersea Fields in Southwark Diocese from 2001 to 2006. From 2006 to 2012 she was Team Rector at Sutton in Southwark Diocese. Immediately prior to being appointed Bishop of Crediton in Exeter Diocese she was Canon Residentiary and Canon Treasurer at Salisbury Cathedral.
Bishop Sarah leads the Church of England’s implementation of safeguarding reforms and has also continued her interest in the health service as a non-executive director at Salisbury NHS Foundation Hospital. She says “In my ministry in the Diocese of Exeter I hope to encourage and enable Christians to grow in their faith, to share that faith with confidence and to serve the people of Devon with joy.”
On Common Ground
Sarah participated in the panel “Are Scientists Playing God?” on 16 March.