The Very Reverend George Nairn-Briggs was born in Slough, but has spent the last 25 years in West Yorkshire following his first appointment at the Diocese of Wakefield. He retired in 2007 from the position of Dean of Wakefield Cathedral and received the honorary title of Dean Emeritus of Wakefield.
George Nairn-Briggs studied at the Slough Technical High School before working for the local authority housing department and then spent two years as Press Officer for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
George responded to a calling to the priesthood in 1966 at the age of 21, attending King’s College, London, from 1966 to 1969, and then he spent a year completing his theological studies at St Augustine’s College, Canterbury. He was ordained deacon in 1970 and priest in 1971 and was appointed curate, firstly at St Laurence Church, Catford, and then at St Saviour Church, Raynes Parks in South London.
George’s first appointment as vicar was at Christ the King, Salfords, in Surrey, where he spent six years before becoming vicar of St Peter’s Church in the Parish of St Helier from 1981 and 1987. He then took up his first appointment at the Diocese of Wakefield where he would spend the next 20 years.
At Wakefield Diocese, George was appointed to the position of Bishop’s Adviser for Social Responsibility, under Bishop David Hope and later under Bishop Nigel McCulloch and was also Urban Link Officer for the Diocese. In 1997, he became Canon Residentiary of Wakefield Cathedral, Provost of the Cathedral in 1997 and Dean in 2000 until his retirement.
George was a member of the Church of England’s General Synod over two periods spanning 20 years and a member of its Board of Social Responsibility (BSR) Executive and a member of BSR Social Policy Committee. He has also held many non-church positions, mainly linked to organisations, charities and trusts in the Wakefield area and he received the honour of Freeman of the City of Wakefield.
George has written a number of books, including Love in Action; The Human Face of the Faith in the City (1986), Serving Two Masters: A Christian Dilemma (1988) and How Far Can You Go?: Authority and Order in Creation (1990).
He has been a Chaplain to the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2006.
George is married to Candida and they have two children, Rebekah and Edmund.
Year Appointed: 2006