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Reverend Dr. Simon Thorn - Associate Clergy

After training as a neurophysiologist at Bristol University, I became a biology teacher and was Head of Biology and Head of Science at Radley College, Abingdon for 14 years.

I was ordained by the Bishop of Oxford in 2009 after training part-time on the Oxford Ministry Course at Cuddesdon. I joined the Hermitage Team as a self-supporting curate in 2011 while serving as Chaplain and teaching biology at Downe House School.

In 2015 I was appointed Dean of Chapel of Winchester College where I also taught biology until retiring from teaching at the end of 2019.

In 2020, I was briefly Associate Vicar of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford until Covid lock-down. I have been Chaplain (Sea Cadet Corps) RNR since 2010 and am currently Sea Cadet District Chaplain for Wessex. I am also Grand Chaplain to the United Grand Lodge of England.

I have been a Foundation Governor of Cold Ash St Mark's CE Primary School since 2013 and am a trustee of a number of charities.

My wife, Rachel, is a freelance editor. She was Assistant Examinations Officer at Downe House and has sung professionally. We have a trans daughter who studied Music at Oxford and is now a professional composer and musician. Our hobbies are gardening, making and listening to music and walking our three whippets.

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