She studied at the University of Oxford, graduating in 1989. She was ordained as a deacon in 1993, and became a priest the following year. She was one of the first women to be made a priest in the Church of England.
When the Church of England voted to allow women bishops, she became the first woman to be consecrated as a bishop in January 2015. She became the Bishop of Stockport in the Diocese of Chester. In February 2019, she became the Bishop of Derby.