THE next Bishop of Willesden, covering the boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow and Hillingdon, is to be the Rev Canon Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy.

The official announcement from Downing Street came while Canon Lusa visited Twyford School, Acton, where students played a role in his appointment.

Sixth-formers, who judged sermons from shortlisted candidates, today (23) welcomed him and the Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, at a special assembly, along with Alice Hudson, Executive Head Teacher of Twyford CofE Academies Trust.

Canon Lusa will be consecrated in January and will join the College of Bishops in the Diocese of London.

He succeeds the Rt Rev Pete Broadbent, who served as Bishop of Willesden for 20 years.

Canon Lusa was ordained in 2008 and most recently served as BAME Mission and Ministry Enabler in the Diocese of Leicester.

He said: “It has been a pleasure to meet the school children responsible, in part, for my appointment. I hope I can deliver on their faith in me.”