Adrian Newman was born in Watford and survived. The youngest of six children, he worked as an economist before ordination in 1985. He served parish communities in East London, Sheffield, and central Birmingham (the Bullring) before being appointed Dean of Rochester in 2005. In 2011 he became Bishop of Stepney, serving an area covering the three London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Islington. He was once introduced as ‘the most un-Dean-like Dean in the Church of England’ – a description he quite liked at the time. He is currently intent on being a most un-Bishop-like Bishop.