Chair of the Inquiry

The Independent Inquiry into the issues raised by Paterson was set up by the Minister of State for Health, Department of Health (Philip Dunne) under the chairmanship of the Right Reverend Graham James, Lord Bishop of Norwich.

Bishop Graham was educated at Northampton Grammar School, the University of Lancaster (reading history) and completed his theological training at Cuddesdon Theological College, Oxford.

He was ordained in Peterborough in 1975 and later worked in Welwyn Garden City as a team vicar. He then moved to Church House, Westminster where he had responsibility for overseeing the selection procedures for candidates for ordination in the Church of England. In 1987 he was appointed as Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury (Robert Runcie). (He preached at Robert Runcie’s funeral in St. Albans and maintained close links with him until the day of his death.) He continued to work as Archbishop’s Chaplain with George Carey during his first two years in office.

He was consecrated Bishop of St. Germans in 1993, returning to his native Cornwall. He moved to Norwich at the end of 1999 and was enthroned as Bishop of Norwich on 29 January 2000.

Bishop Graham has been an active member of the House of Lords since 2004. He has also been a Board Member of the Countryside Agency and been much involved in rural issues.

In 2011 he was invited to join the Lords Select Committee on Communications and is currently the Church of England’s lead spokesman on media issues. He is patron or president of over thirty organisations and charities and a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.