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Vivienne Faull

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The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull is the 56th Bishop of Bristol. She served as a Deaconess at Saint Matthew and Saint James, Mossley Hill in the Diocese of Liverpool from 1982 to 1985, moving to become Chaplain, later Fellow, of Clare College, Cambridge, being made Deacon in the Diocese of Ely in 1987.

Faull became the first woman to lead a Church of England Cathedral as Provost and then Dean of Leicester in 2000. In that role, she was incumbent of St Martin, Leicester, a city centre parish with significant diversity and areas of deprivation. In 2012, she was appointed Dean of York.

In 2009 she was elected Chairman of the Association of English Cathedrals (the cathedrals’ representative body) and is serving her second term on the English Anglican Roman Catholic committee for ecumenical conversations. She was the Chair of the Deans Conference and was elected as one of the female representatives in the House of Bishops in 2013. Faull became a member of the House of Lords in October 2018. In July 2021, she was appointed by archbishops as a new lead bishop for church and cathedral buildings, along with the Bishop of Ramsbury, Andrew Rumsey.

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