The Rt Rev Dr Helen-Ann Hartley has been announced by 10 Downing Street as the next Suffragan (Area) Bishop of Ripon, in the Anglican Diocese of Leeds. Bishop Helen-Ann, 44, is at present Bishop of Waikato in New Zealand, an office she has held since 2014. At the time she was the first woman priest ordained in the Church of England to become a bishop. She succeeds Bishop James Bell who retired earlier this year. Hartley will officially begin her ministry on February 4, 2018.