Bishop Rachel was consecrated as the 41st Bishop of Gloucester at Canterbury Cathedral and formally began her new role in September 2015. She entered the House of Lords in October 2015. She has made history with a number of firsts: when she became the first female diocesan bishop in the Church of England; and when she became the first female bishop in the House of Lords.

Bishop Rachel’s first career was as a speech and language therapist. After six years as a paediatric speech therapist in the National Health Service, she left her job to train for ordination in the Church of England. Currently she serves as Bishop for Her Majesty’s Prisons across England and Wales, and as president of charity the Nelson Trust, she is a vociferous campaigner – particularly for women serving short sentences.