At the Annual Synod of the Church of England in South Africa, held at St. James’ Church, Kenilworth in Cape Town, the Rt. Rev. Desmond Inglesby was on Friday 10 September 2010 elected Presiding Bishop. He takes over from Bishop Frank Retief who is retiring.

Bishop Inglesby was born and raised in Cape Town and matriculated from Westerford High School

After studying at the Bible Institute of South Africa in Kalk Bay he entered the ministry of the Church of England in South Africa. After serving his curacy he was asked to plant a new Church in Tokai and served there for twenty five years. He was consecrated a bishop on 2 December 2004 and has served as Cape Area Bishop since then.

He is married to Jenny and they have three daughters and 3 grandchildren.