Who we are

The Bishop of Truro

There is currently a Vacancy in See process underway to identify the 17th Bishop of Truro. It is likely to be complete in early 2025.

The Bishop of St Germans & Acting Diocesan Bishop

The Rt Revd Hugh Nelson

The Rt Revd Hugh Nelson was consecrated on July 15, 2020 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, at Lambeth Palace Chapel, London.

Bishop Hugh studied theology at Worcester College, Oxford. He joined L’Arche London where he served for 13 years taking on a range of roles including director of the L’Arche London community, as chair of the group responsible for L’Arche’s relationships with the UK church denominations, and for L’Arche International on the team responsible for renewing the vision and strategy of the Federation of 80 communities worldwide.

Bishop Hugh left L’Arche in 2007 to train for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, and then served his curacy in the Medway area in Canterbury Diocese before his appointment as parish priest of St Mary’s, Goudhurst and Christ Church, Kilndown in the Diocese of Canterbury in 2012.

Bishop Hugh is also the Church of England’s Bishop to the Armed Forces.

Bishop Hugh is married to Lizzie and they have four children.

The Bishops’ Office

Lis Escop, Feock, Truro TR3 6QQ
T 01872 862657
E office@truro.anglican.org

The Interim Archdeacon of Cornwall

The Ven Nick Shutt

The Ven Nick Shutt LLM has been appointed as Interim Archdeacon of Cornwall (part-time) for a period of six months.

Nick was ordained in 1994 and spent from then until 2008 as a self-supporting minister working in four parishes on Dartmoor whilst working in private practice as a solicitor in and around Plymouth. In 2008, when he retired from the law, he took over the role as self-supporting Rector of West Dartmoor Mission Community. While there, Nick gained experience in managing change and knows how it feels to be part of that process from the perspective of the parishes. He further built on that knowledge during his time as archdeacon, dealing with a great deal of change both in personnel and in the structure of parishes. Nick, was Archdeacon of Plymouth until his retirement earlier this year.

Nick and his wife Corinne currently live in west Devon. They have two children, four grandchildren and two spaniels.

The Archdeacon of Bodmin
& Director of Intergenerational Church

The Ven Kelly Betteridge

Archdeacon Kelly arrived in the diocese in May 2021. Kelly was previously the vicar of St Nicolas Parish Church in Nuneaton and Priest in Charge of St James Church, Weddington and Caldecote.

Kelly graduated in 1992 with a degree in education and theology. As well as experience in youth, children & families work, Kelly also worked for the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS) where she was involved in training and consultancy work with leaders, writing resources and shaping policy relating to children’s ministry. She then became the society’s Intergenerational Church specialist. Having completed her MA in contextual theology in 2010, she was priested in 2011.

The Dean of Truro

The Very Revd Canon Simon Robinson

Revd Simon Robinson was installed as the Dean of Truro on January 21, 2024.

Canon Simon was previously Vicar of Minehead and has a long history, prior to ordination, of senior leadership in the education sector. He has also been the Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education for the Diocese of Bath and Wells and sits on Diocesan and General Synod and various trust boards, both church and community. In 2021 he completed the Strategic Leadership Development Programme, a five-year programme for clergy identified as potential future leaders on a strategic and senior level. He is a national selector for candidates for ordination.

Diocesan Secretary

Revd Canon Simon Cade

Simon came to the Diocese of Truro as a parish priest in 2005, and since 2014 has been Director of Education & Discipleship. Simon took up the post of Diocesan Secretary in summer 2020.


Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care in an integral part of our diocese life.