Bishop of Derby

Biography

The Rt. Revd. Dr. Alastair Redfern has been Bishop of Derby since 2005, and was previously Suffragan Bishop of Grantham.  He has expertise in the fields of theology, church history, social justice, clergy training, leadership and spirituality.  He is an accomplished speaker, lecturer and teacher, and an author of twelve books and papers on a variety of Christian themes.

Dr Redfern is a member of the House of Lords and is the Church of England’s spokesman for international development.  He sat on the joint parliamentary select committee which scrutinised the draft modern slavery bill. He worked on the legislation to include business supply chains, which was initially omitted, during the passage through Parliament until the Royal Assent of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

He is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative for Modern Slavery work – nationally and internationally.

He was the Church of England’s representative at The Vatican in Rome for the launch of the Global Freedom Network, which has united world religious leaders to campaign against slavery. He has represented the Church of England at a number of Santa Marta conferences in London, Rome and Madrid. He gave a key-note speech to the International Bar Association in Vienna regarding slavery and employment law. Most recently, he attended the UN with the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland. He is currently working to engage global business with slavery in their supply chains.

In the Diocese of Derby, he is working extensively to raise awareness of human trafficking and the value of partnerships between the police, statutory agencies, business, the voluntary sector, and faith groups; and is a founding member of the Derby and Derbyshire Modern Slavery Partnership.

Dr Redfern is the Independent Chair for the Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s Advisory Panel; the Vice-Chair of the Anglican Alliance; the Co-Chair of the Multi-Faith Centre Derby; and the Vice-President of the Derbyshire Community Foundation.

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