Canon of Westminster
James Hawkey was born and educated in Sussex, before going up to Girton College, Cambridge, as a Choral Scholar, graduating in theology with first-class honours and various prizes. He was subsequently a Gosden Scholar of Selwyn College for both an MPhil and PhD (in ecclesiology, under the supervision of the late Professor Daniel W Hardy).
Having taught RE and Philosophy at Bedford School, he trained for the priesthood at Westcott House, spent a semester at the Angelicum University in Rome, and served his curacy in inner-city Portsmouth, at St Mary's Portsea. He was appointed Minor Canon and Sacrist of Westminster Abbey in 2010, becoming Precentor in December 2013. In 2015, he was appointed Dean and Director of Studies in Theology at Clare College, Cambridge, where he taught both undergraduates and postgraduates for the Cambridge Divinity Faculty and Theological Federation. Alongside work in Cambridge, he became assistant Director of Ordinands for the Diocese of Ely in 2016, and was appointed a Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen in October 2017.
Dr Hawkey is currently a member of the International Reformed/Anglican Dialogue, and of the Malines Conversations Group. His commentary on the latest agreed statement of the Anglican/Roman Catholic International Commission was published by SPCK last year, and current projects include further writing on ecclesiology and ecumenism. Dr Hawkey is a trustee of the Cambridge Institute for Religion and International Studies, an advisor to the Center for Empathy in International Affairs, a member of the Church of England's Estates Theology Group, and of the Editorial Advisory Board for the International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church. He remains a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and will this year take up a visiting lectureship at King’s College, London.