Dr Orchard has studied and worked in a variety of contexts. These include the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Sheffield and London, and the NHS in Birmingham and Sheffield. Her first degree was in Biblical Studies, with a PhD exploring person of Christ in John鈥檚 Gospel. She subsequently worked for the NHS developing hospital-based cancer services, as well as undertaking research into the delivery of multi-faith chaplaincy services for The King鈥檚 Fund in London.