As well as having a broad range of experience in these and other areas of Church leadership, Bishop Alastair is also an accomplished lecturer, teacher, speaker and writer of books and papers on a variety of Christian themes, including ‘Being Anglican’, ‘Growing the Kingdom: The Letter to the Hebrews as a Resource for Mission’, ‘Thomas Hobbes and the Limits of Democracy’ and ‘Public Space and Private Faith; A Challenge to the Churches.’
In wider community circles he has volunteered for several roles throughout his ordained ministry, including work in night shelters for the homeless, working with Oxfam and Christian Aid, being a member of a steering group for regeneration in Lincolnshire communities and contributing to local radio.
In March 2005, at the time of his appointment as Bishop of Derby, he said: "In this day and age the Church recognises that it is important to be open to different ways of reaching out into the heart of community life, responding to human need at many levels. I have considered Derby's quite radical but realistic strategy for that mission and ministry in this part of the country, and this provides an excellent foundation on which to build. I am looking forward to following through with this work, while listening and learning at the same time. I am committed to a partnership style of working, so I am keen to come together with colleagues, fellow Christians and a whole host of people who want to make positive changes in Derbyshire."
Bishop Alastair is married to Caroline. He has two children, Elizabeth and Zoë, from his marriage to his late wife, Jane. He enjoys walking and reading to relax.