Dr Rowan Williams has been a Visiting Fellow of Cumberland Lodge since January 2017. He took up the role of Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, on 1 January 2013, after stepping down as Archbishop of Canterbury, having previously been Archbishop of Wales until 2002.
Dr Williams completed his doctorate at Christ Church and Wadham College Oxford, working on the Russian Orthodox theologian, Vladimir Lossky. His early career began in 1975, when he worked as a lecturer at Mirfield. He later returned to the University of Cambridge as Tutor and Director of Studies at Westcott House. After his ordination in Ely Cathedral, he served as Honorary Assistant Priest at St George's Chesterton, and went on to take up a University lectureship in Divinity at Cambridge. In 1984 he was elected a Fellow and Dean of Clare College.
At the age of 36, he returned to the University of Oxford as Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity for six years, before becoming Bishop of Monmouth, and, from 2000, Archbishop of Wales. He was awarded the Oxford higher degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1989, and an honorary DCL degree in 2005, followed by an honorary DD from the University of Cambridge in 2006. Dr Williams holds honorary doctorates from more than a dozen other universities, from Durham to K U Leuven, Toronto to Bonn. In 1990 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. He is also a noted poet and translator of poetry, and, apart from Welsh, speaks or reads nine other languages. He has published widely, including writings on a wide range of theological, historical and political themes.