Libby Lane

The Rt Revd Libby Lane 

First female bishop in the Church of England

BA Theology (1986)

The Rt Revd Libby Lane is the Bishop of Stockport in the Diocese of Chester. She was the first woman to be appointed a bishop in the Church of England following General Synod’s July 2014 vote.

Educated at Manchester High School for Girls, Libby came up to St Peter’s in 1986 to read for a BA in Theology. Training for ordination followed at Cranmer Hall, part of St John’s College, Durham. She was ordained Deacon in 1993 and Priest in 1994, the first year in which women could become priests. She was installed as Bishop of Stockport in Chester Cathedral on 8 March 2015 – International Women’s Day.  

Libby holds an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the University of Wales Trinity St David, and in June 2015 was made an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s. 

For photos of Libby receiving her Honorary Fellowship, please click here. A portrait of Bishop Libby hangs in the Dining Hall