The Right Reverend Martin Wharton has been Bishop of Newcastle since 1997. Born in 1944, he is married to Marlene and they have three grown up children and a grandson.
He is a Lancashire man, born and bred, and is still passionate about Lancashire County Cricket Club. He began his ordained ministry in 1972, having worked in a bank and the steel industry before gaining a degree at Durham University and training for the ministry at Ripon Hall Oxford.
He has served in parishes in Birmingham and Croydon, and been involved in ministerial training at Ripon College Cuddesdon and in Bradford Diocese. Whilst in Croydon he helped to set up the Nightwatch charity for the homeless, and continues to be concerned for those who live (and die) on the streets.
In 1992 he was appointed as the suffragan Bishop of Kingston (in the Diocese of Southwark). Since moving to the North East he has become a season ticket holder at Newcastle United and follows their progress closely, even if he is unable to attend as many matches as he'd like.
He has served in the House of Lords since 2003. He has a particular interest in the L'Arche communities, for people with learning disabilities, founded by Jean Vanier. He is also concerned about the ways in which energy is produced and consumed in the world, and with the related issue of climate change.