Rt Revd Tony Robinson, Bishop of Wakefield
Tony was born and educated in Bedford. He taught mathematics and computer studies in a comprehensive school in Chelmsford before training for the priesthood.
Since he was ordained, Tony has worked in parishes with significant ethnic communities. His first parish was in Tottenham opposite the Spurs football ground, a lively parish with a predominance of African and Caribbean people in the congregation and community.
He then moved to Leicester to a large team parish working alongside three other clergy and three Sisters, where he helped establish four community projects including an innovative project working with men who had committed domestic violence. The parish embraced a wonderful mix of peoples, including the largest Hindu community in Britain as well as people from other faith communities.
Bishop Tony moved to West Yorkshire in 1997 to work first as the Archdeacon of Pontefract and since 2002 as the Bishop of Pontefract in the Diocese of Wakefield. As well as sustaining the church family, his passion is to encourage the church to look outwards, to be involved with its local community, to improve opportunity and understanding and work towards a more cohesive common life.
His commitment to working with all communities in the area means that he has extensive interfaith involvement. Urban, multi-ethnic and multi-faith have been themes of Tony's ministry. He is currently chair of Kirklees Faiths Forum, co-chair of North Kirklees Interfaith Council and a founder member of Interfaith Kirklees which works with schools to provide education and promote community cohesion. He co-ordinates regular meetings between clergy and local imams and scholars and is working on a project to develop exchange visits of Christians and Muslims between Kirklees and Pakistan. He is also a Trustee of the Bradford Churches for Dialogue and Diversity.
Nationally, he chairs the Archbishop of Canterbury's Pakistan Focus group, which supports relationships with the Church in Pakistan; Presence and Engagement, which supports the Church's mission in areas with large ethnic communities and he is also Episcopal Adviser to the Church of England's World Development Advisers Network.
Bishop Tony enjoys cooking, rugby and cricket, music and the theatre. He has also enjoyed visiting Pakistan, India, Tanzania and Senegal in recent years.