The Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston
Bishop Richard was born in Leicester but grew up in Surbiton and went to Kingston Grammar School. From there he went to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, to read
Physics and Philosophy and then trained as a physics teacher, working in a large comprehensive school in North Yorkshire and at Eton College before becoming an investment analyst. He started training for Anglican ministry in 1985 and after being ordained in 1988 he worked in Newcastle and Luton before becoming Archdeacon of St Albans in 1999 and Bishop of Kingston in 2002.
Bishop Richard has a PhD from King’s College London for his thesis on collective worship in schools, and is now an Honorary Research Fellow there. He has close connections with the University of Roehampton and the Diocese of Matabeleland in Zimbabwe, and is Chair of the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education and President of YMCA London South West.
He is Anglican President of the Christian Muslim Forum, a Trustee of St George’s College, Jerusalem, and is Patron of the Curriculum for Cohesion, the Fircroft Trust, Springfield Community Flat and Kingston Bereavement Service.
Bishop Richard is married to Felicity and they have a son and a daughter. He played hockey in England’s U-19 team, is President of the Old Kingstonian Hockey Club and continues to play regularly.
He also enjoys theatre, cinema, walking and playing tennis and squash.