David Conner (bishop)

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David Conner

Dean of Windsor
ChurchSt George's Chapel at Windsor Castle
In office1998–present
PredecessorPatrick Mitchell
Other postsBishop to the Forces (2001–2009)
Bishop of Lynn (1994–1998)
Consecration2 February 1994
Personal details
Born (1947-04-06) 6 April 1947 (age 72)
Erith, Kent, England
Alma materErith Grammar School
Exeter College, Oxford

David John Conner, KCVO (born 6 April 1947)[1] is a British Anglican bishop. He is the current Dean of Windsor (since 1998), and was formerly the Bishop to the Forces (2001–2009).[2][3]


As Dean of Windsor, Conner also holds the post of Registrar of the Order of the Garter and is a domestic chaplain to Elizabeth II. Prior to his appointment to Windsor, he held a number of posts: from 1987, he was Vicar of Great St Mary's, Cambridge (the University church), until he was consecrated as Bishop of Lynn (a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Norwich) by George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, on 2 February 1994 at St Paul's Cathedral.[4]

Conner was educated at Exeter College, Oxford[1] and St Stephen's House, Oxford. He was ordained as deacon on 29 June 1971 by Christopher Pepys, Bishop of Buckingham at St Martin's, Fenny Stratford[5] (and presumably as priest about a year later). Having also spent a year at the Oxford Department of Education, soon after ordination he moved into chaplaincy at St Edward's School, Oxford (from 1971 to 1980) and later at Winchester.[6] For a while, he was an examining chaplain to the Bishop of Winchester.

For many years Conner has been closely involved with the selection of candidates for ordination and with the inspection of theological colleges, courses and schemes. He has been governor of a number of schools and colleges. He is an honorary fellow of Girton College, Cambridge.


Conner was appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in the 2010 New Year Honours.[7]


  1. ^ a b Who's Who 2012 – Conner, David John
  2. ^ Archbishop of Canterbury statement Archived 2009-12-29 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Debrett's People of Today London, 2008, Debrett's, ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
  4. ^ "Briefly". Church Times (#6834). 4 February 1994. p. 2. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 21 February 2016 – via UK Press Online archives.
  5. ^ "Ordinations at St. Peter's-tide". Church Times (#5655). 2 July 1971. p. 15. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 21 February 2016 – via UK Press Online archives.
  6. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory2008/2009 Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  7. ^ "No. 59282". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2009. p. 3.