The Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, is pleased to announce that Dr Griff Dines has been appointed to the role of Head of Bishop’s Office.

This new role of Head of Bishop’s Office is to support the flourishing of the Bishop of Lincoln’s mission and ministry as leader of the diocese and as a national and regional public theologian. The role is also to ensure the efficient running of the administrative office that supports the work of all three bishops of the diocese. 

Griff comes with wide experience of both the ecclesiastical and secular workplace, most recently working as a teacher helping to develop Lincoln’s newest school – Lincoln University Technical College. Before moving to Lincoln, Griff had worked as a trainee naval constructor, a research engineer, a parish priest and an organisational consultant.

Bishop Christopher says that Griff’s experience will make a valuable contribution to the life of the diocese. “There was a strong field of candidates for the post, and the demonstrable skills that Griff brings from the church and also in the education sector means that he will be able to contribute effectively to the vision of the diocese which is to transform lives across Greater Lincolnshire”.

A significant part of Griff’s role will be to help Bishop Christopher to implement his vision in two key areas: first, in developing a project to encourage the higher and further educational aspirations of young people in the diocese; and, secondly, in research to support the bishop’s ministry in public life – for example, his work in the House of Lords Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities.

Griff will begin the role in April. He said, “I am looking forward immensely to helping Bishop Christopher deliver his vision of encouraging participation in higher and further education by developing strategic partnerships with key local stakeholders. I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to enhance the lives of our young people in Greater Lincolnshire; and it is an honour to be asked to support the bishop’s role as a public theologian”.

Lincoln has been home to Griff for almost seven years. He is married to Canon Sal McDougall, Precentor of Lincoln, and has two grown-up daughters. Since moving to the Precentory, his practice of celebrating national days by flying flags at the bottom of the garden on Eastgate has brought back memories of his days in the Navy, and caused much interest and comment!