Our Leaders

The Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Richard Frith

Bishop Richard Frith

The Rt Revd Richard Frith is the 105th Bishop of Hereford.

He moved from Hull, where he was the Suffragan Bishop, in 2014.

The Bishop studied at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and trained for the ordained ministry at St John’s College Nottingham. 

He served his curacy at Mortlake with East Sheen in Southwark diocese from 1974 to 1978. From 1978 to 1983 he was a Team Vicar at Thamesmead and from 1983 to 1992 Team Rector at Keynsham, Bath and Wells diocese. From 1991 to 1998 he was Prebendary at Wells Cathedral, for 6 of those years being Archdeacon of Taunton.

He is chair of the Rural Affairs Group of General Synod (the Church of England's governing body which considers and approves legislation affecting the whole of the Church of England, formulates new forms of worship, debates matters of national and international importance, and approves the annual budget for the work of the Church at national level) and Vice-Chair of the Liturgical Commission (which prepares forms of service and promotes the development and understanding of liturgy and its use in the Church).

Bishop Richard is married to Kay and he has four children and four stepchildren.

His interests include the theatre and sport, with a particular passion for cricket.

Suffragan Bishop of Ludlow and Archdeacon of Ludlow, the Rt Revd Alistair Magowan

Bishop Alistair Magowan

Alistair Magowan was consecrated as the Suffragan Bishop of Ludlow in St Paul's Cathedral on 29th September 2009. 

He assists the work of the Bishop of Hereford in the Diocese and is also the Archdeacon of Ludlow, which includes the Deaneries of Ludlow, Clun Forest, Bridgnorth, Condover, Pontesbury and Telford Severn Gorge. 

He lives within his archdeaconry and is married to Louise, a self-supporting assistant minister in the Parish of Church Stretton

Archdeacon of Hereford, the Venerable Paddy Benson

Archdeacon Paddy Benson

Paddy came to Hereford in 2011, after serving as a vicar on Merseyside. 

He  is an active contributor to our partnership with Tanzania: he speaks Swahili, which he learned during his time as a missionary in Kenya.

As well as specific responsibilities of being an archdeacon, Paddy has an active interest in the forming of a Community Land Trust, being set up to tackle the lack of affordable housing in our diocese.

He lives in Hereford with his wife Eleanor, who is a reader at St Paul's Tupsley with St Andrews.