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The Rt Revd Timothy John Dakin (b.1958), the son of missionary parents, grew up partly in East Africa and partly in the United Kingdom. He studied at the University College of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, and at King's College, London, where he obtained BA (Theology and Philosophy) and MTh (Modern Systematic Theology) degrees; he also did further research at Christ Church, Oxford on practical theology. He was ordained deacon in 1993 and priest in 1994 in Nairobi Cathedral, having transferred from Oxford to Nairobi Diocese. He was appointed as the General Secretary of the Church Mission Society (CMS) in 2000 and held this post until April 2012 when he began his ministry as the Bishop of Winchester.

The University of Winchester has an Anglican foundation: the roots of the University lie in the Winchester Diocesan Training School. The Diocese plays an important role in University governance. Bishop Tim represents this relationship with the Anglican Church and the Church of England's commitment to Higher Education. He is currently the lead bishop for Higher and Further Education. Bishop Tim has experience of charity governance and of strategic planning.  His academic interests are in mission theology, publishing a number of articles and book chapters. He is married to Sally (herself ordained); they have two adult children.

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