Lucy Winkett was ordained in 1995, having worked previously as a professional soprano.
With degrees from Cambridge and Birmingham Universities, she served her title in Manor Park, Newham before moving to St Paul’s Cathedral where she later became Canon Precentor, the first woman priest to be appointed there.
She became Rector of St James’s Church Piccadilly in 2010 and until 2015 was the founding chair of governors of St Mary Magdalene Educational Trust, running an all-through Academy in north London together with a Free School for students on the autistic spectrum.
She chairs the Amos Trust, a small creative human rights charity that works with street children in South Africa and funds community projects in Israel/Palestine, Nicaragua and India.
She is a long-standing contributor to Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, was a founding advisor for the public theology think tank “Theos” and is one of the co-founders of “Leading Women”, a national development programme for women clergy.
She has contributed to a number of books, writes regularly for the New Statesman, The Times and The Guardian and is the author of “Our Sound is our Wound” (Continuum 2010), which was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book. Her most profound spiritual influences have been living in a L’Arche community with learning disabled adults and following the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in a month’s silence.