Born in Lancashire in 1951, Alan Williams trained for the priesthood at Allen Hall before which he obtained a Degree in Natural Science from Durham University, a Degree in Theology from the University of Cambridge, a PhD in Psychology from London University and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Hull.
Bishop Williams previously served as Director of the Roman Catholic National Shrine at Walsingham where he had overall responsibility for pilgrimage and retreat work. He also served as parish priest at St Lawrence of Canterbury, Sidcup. He is a former Major Superior of the Marist Fathers in England, a post he held from 2000-2008 and has also served as a school teacher and chaplain in secondary schools and Catholic chaplain at Sheffield Hallam University. He has also taught Christian Spirituality at postgraduate level.
Final vows with Society of Mary (Marists) in 1981
Ordained priest 30 April 1983 at St Anne’s, Whitechapel, London E1
Appointed Director of Shrine at Walsingham 2008
Appointed 7th Bishop of Brentwood 14 April 2014
Consecrated 1st July 2014 by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.