David Ison

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The Very Reverend
David Ison
Dean of St Paul's
Diocese Diocese of London
In office 2012 - present
Predecessor Graeme Knowles
Other posts Dean of Bradford
Ordination 1980
Personal details
Born (1954-09-15) 15 September 1954 (age 67)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Hilary née Powell
Alma mater King's College London

David John Ison (born 15 September 1954) is a Church of England priest. Since 2012, has has been the Dean of St Paul's in the Diocese of London.[1]

Early life and education

David Ison, son of Richard Lea Ison, was educated at the University of Leicester (BA 1976), the University of Nottingham (BA 1978) and St John's College, Nottingham (Diploma of Biblical Studies 1979). He undertook further studies in church history at King's College London where his 1984 PhD was entitled "The Constantinian Oration to the saints : authorship and background".[2]

Ordained ministry

Ison was ordained as a priest in 1980.[3] He began his ordained ministry as a curate at St Nicholas and St Luke's Deptford. From 1985 to 1988 he was a tutor at the Church Army Training College before being appointed vicar of St Philip's Potters Green in the West Midlands until 1993. Later, he was the officer for Continuing Ministerial Education in the Diocese of Exeter. He is a supporter of same-sex marriage.[4]

Ison became Dean of Bradford in September 2005.[5][6] On 6 March 2012, it was announced that he was to become the next Dean of St Paul's Cathedral from 25 May.[7][8]

On 5 June 2012, Ison led the prayers at the service of thanksgiving marking the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

Personal life

In 1977, Ison married Hilary Margaret Powell, who is also now ordained. They have two sons and two daughters.

David Ison has a twin brother, Keith Ison, who is Head of Medical Physics at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and a past president of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.


  1. www.stpauls.co.uk
  2. https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/en/theses/the-constantinian-oration-to-the-saints--authorship-and-background(083dfff8-bd23-4b5e-8cf7-1964eb843029).html
  3. Crockford's Clerical Directory 1987-88, Lambeth, Church House, 1975 ISBN 0-7151-8066-5.
  4. "Dr David Ison, new Dean of St Paul's, backs gay marriage", The Telegraph
  5. Diocese of Bradford website
  6. Who's Who in 2008, London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8.
  7. No.10 – Dean of St Paul's
  8. "Appointment of David Ison as Dean of St Paul's", St Paul's Cathedral website

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Christopher David Hancock
Dean of Bradford
Succeeded by
Andy Williams
Preceded by
Graeme Knowles
Dean of St Paul's
Succeeded by