He attended kindergarten and primary school at Saint Mary"s School, Nairobi, Kenya, but was otherwise educated in England, returning to work in East Africa as an adult. Dakin studied for ordination at King"s College London and was ordained deacon in 1993 and priest in 1994.
He was the General Secretary of the Church Missionary Society (Content Management System) and the South American Missionary Society (SAMS). He has been the Bishop of Winchester since 2011 and Bishop for Higher and Further Education since 2013. His first appointment was as Principal of the Church Army training college in Nairobi, during which time he was also an assistant curate at All Saints" Cathedral, Nairobi.
He took up his appointment as General Secretary of Content Management System in 2000.
His appointment as Bishop of Winchester was announced on 6 September 2011 and he legally became bishop with the confirmation of his election on 20 December 2011, ahead of his 25 January consecration at Street Paul"s Cathedral. His installation at Winchester Cathedral was on 21 April and he was introduced in the House of Lords on 26 March.
In May 2013, Dakin was additionally appointed the Bishop for Higher and Further Education, a national spokesperson role. As Bishop of Winchester, he is the visitor to five Oxford colleges including New College, Oxford and Street John"s College, Oxford.
He also holds the position of prelate of the Order of the Garter.
In January 2014, it was announced that the Channel Islands would be removed from the oversight of the Bishop of Winchester for the first time for 500 years, after relations between Dakin and the Dean of Jersey broke down over the handling of alleged abuse. In March 2014, the group sent an email to its members about the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales, saying that the committee members believed that "appropriate sacramental discipline should apply to those who choose to enter into any sexual relationship other than within marriage between a man and a woman". Tim Dakin (1958–1993)
The Reverend Tim Dakin (1993–2001)
The Reverend Canon Tim Dakin (2001–2012)
The Right Reverend Tim Dakin (2012–present)
The Right Reverend The Lord Bishop of Winchester (2012–present).