Archdeacon of Birmingham

The Ven Hayward Osborne became Archdeacon of Birmingham in May 2001, following 27 years in parish ministry in the Dioceses of Rochester, Worcester and Birmingham. In his present role he supports parishes in the west half of our Diocese, and also connects with the Church of England chaplains in healthcare, education establishments, prison and other workplace environments. He chairs the Diocesan Board of Education with its responsibilities for fifty church schools and academies.

On most Sundays the Archdeacon is leading worship in one of the parishes, either for a special occasion or simply to share in the life of the local congregations.

Hayward's prime interests for relaxation are music, the theatre and copious photography – if he hasn’t captured a photo of it he doesn’t believe it has really happened. Two of his five children are in Dubai and Australia, strategically placed for holidays when he can afford the air fare.

Archdeacon of Aston

The Revd Simon Heathfield was welcomed as Archdeacon of Aston at a service at Birmingham Cathedral in November 2014.

As the Team Rector of Walthamstow, East London and Area Dean of Waltham Forest, Simon has wide experience of urban parish ministry particularly addressing issues of financial debt, educational provision, community cohesion and mission development. Simon said of his appointment:

Originally from London and the South East Simon holds degrees in both music and theology from Birmingham and Cambridge respectively. Following varied roles including as a Royal Air Force officer, insurance manager and auxiliary nurse, his public Christian ministry started as a church and community youth worker in North Kent and Oxford. Ordained in 1999, Simon served a curacy on the Wirral in Chester Diocese before moving to CPAS with a national brief to encourage vocations and develop leadership. He has a passion for working to see God transform communities facing deprivation, helping people find their vocation and equipping the church for ministry and has published several training resources including co-authoring Growing Leaders (2nd ed.2011).

Simon is married to Rachel, a Church of England ordinand, and they have 10-year-old twins. Together they love films, motorbikes, springer spaniels, good food and the company of friends and particularly love the beaches and hills of Pembrokeshire.