Bishop Cocksworth read theology at the University of Manchester. After teaching in secondary education, he trained for ordination and pursued doctoral studies. Bishop Cocksworth has served in parochial and chaplaincy ministry and in theological education, latterly as Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge, before becoming Bishop of Coventry in 2008. He entered the House of Lords in 2013. Bishop Cocksworth has written a number of books and articles in the area of Christian theology and worship.