Wilfred Wood Bishop of Croydon from 1985 to 2003 and the first black bishop in the Church of England.
Throughout his Ministry, Bishop Wood had a strong interest in race relations and social justice in London, as it was for this interest that he was appointed the Bishop of London Officer in race relations. He was also the moderator of the World Council of Churches Programme to Combat Racism, known for its work on South African apartheid. He holds honorary doctorates from the Open University, the University of the West Indies and the General Theological Seminary, New York, when he was described in the citation as “a wide and trusted defender of the rights of minorities”. He was second on the “100 Great Black Britons” list in 2004. He was made a Knight of St Andrew by the Government of Barbados “for his contribution to race relations in the United Kingdom and general contribution to the welfare of Barbadians living here”.