The First Female Bishop - Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin
As well as her duties as Speaker's Chaplain in the House of Commons, The Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin is also Vicar of the United Benefice of Holy Trinity with St Philip, Dalston, and All Saints, Haggerston, in the London diocese.
Born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Rose was commissioned as a Church Army Officer in 1982 and went on to train at the West Midlands Ministerial Training course at Queens Theological College. Rose was then ordained in 1991 as a Deacon and was made a Priest in 1994. Preceding her role as Speaker's Chaplain, in 2007 Rose was appointed as a chaplain to the Queen.
Speculation regarding her possible appointment as the first female bishop is clearly merited given her experience. However, Rose insists that any appointment would have to be made on the understanding that the position would be one that placed her on equal terms with her male colleagues. This understanding is one that is very much opposed by many traditionalists. Rose is quoted as saying: “No woman in her right mind will accept becoming a bishop unless she is able to do so on the same basis as a man”.