Adrian was born in Wolverhampton in 1968, the son of a taxi driver and a wages clerk. Educated at local state schools, he is a graduate of the Universities of Durham and Oxford. After his ordination in 1992 Adrian served as a curate in Lichfield, as a Team Vicar on a housing estate in Stafford, and then as vicar of a large post-industrial parish in Walsall. He then spent seven years as a Residentiary Canon at Coventry Cathedral before spending eight years in the Diocese of Oxford as Rector of Woodstock and Bladon, Area Dean of Woodstock, and Assistant Archdeacon of Dorchester.
A keen musician and a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, for a few years Adrian could be heard at the organ in episodes of The Archers. As well as music, he loves sport (especially squash and, as a result of lockdown, running), reading, and travelling at home and abroad. He has published on the spirituality of Julian of Norwich. Adrian is married to the Reverend Dr Megan Daffern, who is a Biblical scholar and Tutor & Bye-Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.
In addition to being the Vicar of the University Church, Adrian is the Rural Dean of Cambridge North, and a Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College.