Born of an Italian father and a French mother, Marie developed early on a real passion for languages. She graduated as a translator and interpreter in 1981 and went on to work as an interpreter and then as a freelance translator, first in France, then in Britain where she now runs her own translation company.
I was born in the village of Newton, Cambridgeshire and apart from two short spells in London have always lived in or near Cambridge. As a child I attended the tiny village school (only 18 pupils) until passing the 11 plus and then attending the County High School in Long Road. While in the village I developed a close link with the church - bell-ringing, playing the organ and teaching in Sunday School, becoming a member of the PCC at the age of 18.
Having retired from the post of Director of Communications for the Diocese of Ely and Press Officer to the Bishop, Owen continues to assist within the Parish.
A London sociology graduate, he came to Cambridge to study theology at Westcott House. He was ordained in 1972 and became Curate at St Luke's, Kensington. Following his two-year appointment as Director of the London Churches Radio Workshop and producer for BBC Radio, he became a non-stipendiary minister. Later he returned to Cambridge, where he has been assisting in the Parish since 1978.
The Right Reverend Simon Barrington-Ward, KCMG, MA, is now Bishop with pastoral care of the University of Cambridge, Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Ely, Honorary Assistant Chaplain of Magdalene College (of which he has been an Honorary Fellow since 1987), and Chaplain to the staff of Ridley Hall. He is the Honorary Assistant Chaplain of Magdalene College and has honorary degrees from Wycliffe Hall, Toronto (DD) and from Warwick University (DLitt).