Reverend Canon Richard Hawkins - Former Team Rector for The Medlock Head Team and Honorary Canon of Manchester Cathedral
Richard was appointed to serve as a Director of the Cranmer Education Trust by the Manchester Diocesan Board of Education until May 2019.
Born 1951 in Formby Lancashire and educated at Clifton College Bristol 1965-69, he joined the Royal Regiment of Artillery and an army officer in 1969, resigning in 1993 as major.
He attended Theological College Mirfield 1993-95, was ordained Deacon in 1995 and Priested in 1996 at Curate Holy Trinity, Weymouth 1995-1999, and was incumbent at St John the Baptist, Hey or Lees from1999- retiring September 2016. He retired from full time parochial ministry in August 2016.
As an army officer he gained a wide experience of life with many years at regimental duty in UK & overseas as a commander, administrator, instructor, staff officer dealing with soldiers, equipment, finances and estates.
“After God finally got me” – as a parish priest – Richard describes his work as “much the same but black uniform rather than green – a life dealing with and caring for people, administration, equipment, finances and estates.”
In addition, Richard has been at various times an active and vocal member of: Deanery & Diocesan Synods; Area Dean; Bishop’s Council; Diocesan Finance committee; Diocesan Stewardship Committee; Bishop’s Advisory groups on liturgy and sexuality; Crown nomination committee; Greater Chapter; Diocesan Advisory Committee (dealing with changes/work on all churches); Vice Chair of Governors of a VC Primary School & Chair of Finance Committee.
Richard comments: “Some might say of me that I have an eye for detail and ask the awkward questions – but by doing so I hope to seek the best for all by providing good education and life skills.”