List of deans in the Church of England

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Inactive dean Female dean
Position vacant

The deans in the Church of England are the senior Anglican clergy who head the chapter of a collegiate church. If they are dean of the diocesan chapter, they are the senior priest of the diocese and often also undertake some other diocesan and civic duties in the area.

Deans

# Church Dean Person Date of birth & age Instituted[lower-roman 1]
1 Canterbury Cathedral The Dean of Canterbury Willis, RobertRobert Willis (1947-05-17) 17 May 1947 (age 75) November 1992 (Hereford)[1]
2001 (Canterbury)
2 Winchester Cathedral The Dean of Winchester Atwell, JamesJames Atwell[upper-alpha 1] (1946-06-03) 3 June 1946 (age 76) 22 January 1995 (St Ed's)[lower-roman 2][3]
25 March 2006 (Winchester)
4 St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle The Dean of Windsor Conner, DavidDavid Conner (1947-04-06) 6 April 1947 (age 75) 1998
5 York Minster The Dean of York Faull, VivienneVivienne Faull (1955-05-20) 20 May 1955 (age 67) 13 May 2000 (Leicester)[lower-roman 2]
1 December 2012 (York)[4]
6 Blackburn Cathedral The Dean of Blackburn Armstrong, ChristopherChristopher Armstrong[upper-alpha 2] (1947-12-18) 18 December 1947 (age 74) November 2001
7 Hereford Cathedral The Dean of Hereford Tavinor, MichaelMichael Tavinor (1953-09-11) 11 September 1953 (age 68) 2002
8 Chester Cathedral The Dean of Chester McPhate, GordonGordon McPhate (1950-06-01) 1 June 1950 (age 72) 7 September 2002
9 Portsmouth Cathedral The Dean of Portsmouth Brindley, DavidDavid Brindley (1953-06-11) 11 June 1953 (age 69) 2002
10 Newcastle Cathedral The Dean of Newcastle Dalliston, ChrisChris Dalliston (1956-04-02) 2 April 1956 (age 66) 12 July 2003
11 Sheffield Cathedral The Dean of Sheffield Bradley, PeterPeter Bradley (1964-06-26) 26 June 1964 (age 58) 2003
13 Salisbury Cathedral The Dean of Salisbury Osborne, JuneJune Osborne (1953-06-10) 10 June 1953 (age 69) 1 May 2004
14 St Albans Cathedral The Dean of St Albans John, JeffreyJeffrey John (1953-02-10) 10 February 1953 (age 69) 2 July 2004
15 Carlisle Cathedral The Dean of Carlisle Boyling, MarkMark Boyling (1952-10-14) 14 October 1952 (age 69) 2 October 2004[7]
16 St Paul's Cathedral The Dean of St Paul's Ison, DavidDavid Ison (1954-09-15) 15 September 1954 (age 67) September 2005 (Bradford)[8]
25 May 2012 (St Paul's)
17 Lichfield Cathedral The Dean of Lichfield Dorber, AdrianAdrian Dorber (1952-09-23) 23 September 1952 (age 69) 24 September 2005
18 Manchester Cathedral The Dean of Manchester Govender, RogersRogers Govender (1960-06-27) 27 June 1960 (age 62) 14 January 2006
19 Westminster Abbey The Dean of Westminster Hall, JohnJohn Hall (1949-03-13) 13 March 1949 (age 73) 2 December 2006
21 Peterborough Cathedral The Dean of Peterborough Taylor, CharlesCharles Taylor (1953-03-16) 16 March 1953 (age 69) 24 March 2007
22 Worcester Cathedral The Dean of Worcester Atkinson, PeterPeter Atkinson (1952-08-26) 26 August 1952 (age 69) 28 April 2007
23 Wakefield Cathedral[lower-roman 3] The Dean of Wakefield,
presiding dean in the Diocese of Leeds
Greener, JonathanJonathan Greener (1961-03-09) 9 March 1961 (age 61) 8 December 2007
24 Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar The Dean of Gibraltar Paddock, JohnJohn Paddock (1951-08-08) 8 August 1951 (age 71) 2 December 2008
25 Bristol Cathedral The Dean of Bristol Hoyle, DavidDavid Hoyle (1957-01-01) 1 January 1957 (age 65)1957 (age 64–65) 29 May 2010
26 St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham The Dean of Birmingham Ogle, CatherineCatherine Ogle (1961-05-12) 12 May 1961 (age 61)[10] 2 September 2010[11]
27 Derby Cathedral The Dean of Derby Davies, JohnJohn Davies (1957-11-29) 29 November 1957 (age 64)[12] 9 October 2010[13]
28 St Edmundsbury Cathedral The Dean of St Edmundsbury Ward, FrancesFrances Ward (1959-09-16) 16 September 1959 (age 62)[14] 16 October 2010[15]
29 Gloucester Cathedral The Dean of Gloucester Lake, StephenStephen Lake (1963-12-17) 17 December 1963 (age 58)[16] 12 June 2011
30 Peel Cathedral The Dean of Peel Godfrey, NigelNigel Godfrey 1951 (age 70–71)[17] 15 October 2011
31 Southwark Cathedral The Dean of Southwark Nunn, AndrewAndrew Nunn (1957-07-30) 30 July 1957 (age 65)[18] 21 January 2012[19]
32 Exeter Cathedral The Dean of Exeter Draper, JonathanJonathan Draper (1952-02-27) 27 February 1952 (age 70)[20] 3 March 2012
34 Liverpool Cathedral The Dean of Liverpool Wilcox, PetePete Wilcox 1961 (age 60–61)[21] 15 September 2012[22]
35 Ely Cathedral The Dean of Ely Bonney, MarkMark Bonney (1957-03-02) 2 March 1957 (age 65)[23] 22 September 2012
36 Truro Cathedral The Dean of Truro Bush, RogerRoger Bush (1956-11-22) 22 November 1956 (age 65)[24] 22 September 2012[25]
37 Coventry Cathedral The Dean of Coventry Witcombe, JohnJohn Witcombe 1959 (age 62–63)[26] 19 January 2013[27]
38 Leicester Cathedral The Dean of Leicester Monteith, DavidDavid Monteith 1968 (age 53–54)[28] 18 May 2013[29]
39 Bradford Cathedral[lower-roman 3] The Dean of Bradford Lepine, JerryJerry Lepine 1956 (age 65–66)[30] 14 July 2013[31]
40 Guildford Cathedral The Dean of Guildford Gwilliams, DiannaDianna Gwilliams 1957 (age 64–65)[32] 15 September 2013[33]
41 Chelmsford Cathedral The Dean of Chelmsford Henshall, NicholasNicholas Henshall 1962 (age 59–60)[34] 2 February 2014[35]
42 Ripon Cathedral[lower-roman 3] The Dean of Ripon John Dobson[36] 1964 (age 57–58)[37] 14 June 2014[38]
43 Norwich Cathedral The Dean of Norwich Jane Hedges (1955-04-06) 6 April 1955 (age 67)[39] 21 June 2014[40]
44 Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford The Dean of Christ Church Percy, MartynMartyn Percy (1962-07-31) 31 July 1962 (age 60)[41] 4 October 2014[42]
45 Chichester Cathedral The Dean of Chichester Waine, StephenStephen Waine 1959 (age 62–63)[43] 14 February 2015[44]
46 Durham Cathedral Dean-designate of Durham Tremlett, AndrewAndrew Tremlett[45] (1964-03-09) 9 March 1964 (age 58)[46] 1 July 2016"summer" 2016
47 Rochester Cathedral Dean-designate of Rochester Hesketh, PhilPhil Hesketh[47] 1964 (age 57–58)[48] 1 August 2016TBA
48 Southwell Minster Dean-designate of Southwell Sullivan, NicolaNicola Sullivan (1958-08-15) 15 August 1958 (age 63)[49] 1 September 2016TBA[50]
49 Lincoln Cathedral Dean-designate of Lincoln Wilson, ChristineChristine Wilson (1958-03-26) 26 March 1958 (age 64)[51] 22 October 2016[52]
50 Wells Cathedral The Dean of Wells ZxVacant since 31 December 2015 (2000-01-15) January 15, 2000 (age 22) 15 January 2038

Acting deans

Church Acting dean Person Date of birth & age Acting since
Southwell Minster Acting Dean of Southwell Coates, NigelNigel Coates[53] 1951 (age 70–71)[54] 30 June 2014
Rochester Cathedral Acting Dean of Rochester Hesketh, PhilPhil Hesketh 1964 (age 57–58)[48] 25 January 2015[55]
Durham Cathedral Acting Dean of Durham Kennedy, DavidDavid Kennedy 27 September 2015
Wells Cathedral Acting Dean of Wells Featherstone, AndrewAndrew Featherstone[56] 31 December 2015
Lincoln Cathedral Acting Dean of Lincoln Patrick, JohnJohn Patrick[57] 31 January 2016[58]
Blackburn Cathedral Acting Dean of Blackburn,
The Bishop suffragan of Burnley
North, PhilipPhilip North[59] 1966 (age 55–56) 17 June 2016Not announced

Resignations and retirements

  1. It has been announced that Atwell is to retire in June 2016.[2]
  2. It has been announced that Armstrong is to resign, leaving in May,[5] but effective legally 17 June 2016.[6]

Notes

  1. The date the person first became a dean.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Provosts until 2000.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 When the Leeds diocese was formed on 20 April 2014, the cathedrals at Bradford, Ripon and Wakefield became part of that diocese; their deans (or acting deans) remain deans (or acting deans) of their respective cathedrals and Jonathan Greener, Dean of Wakefield become the presiding dean of the diocesan chapter and senior priest of the new diocese until the election of the first diocesan bishop is confirmed on 8 June. At that point, the diocesan bishop must appoint a presiding dean.[9]

References

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  2. Winchester Cathedral — Dean James' retirement (Accessed 20 February 2016)
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  4. Diocese of Leicester – Installation for Faull as Dean of York
  5. Diocese of Blackburn — Blackburn Cathedral's Dean announces he will move on in May (Accessed 23 January 2016)
  6. Blackburn Cathedral — Armstrong announces resignation (Accessed 14 May 2016)
  7. Mayor's Engagements, October 2004
  8. Bradford Diocese – Senior Staff
  9. The Dioceses of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds and Wakefield Reorganisation Scheme 2013 (Accessed 3 February 2014)
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  25. Truro Cathedral Press Release – New Dean
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  27. BBC News – Witcombe appointed Dean
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  35. Diocese of Chelmsford – Henshall appointed Dean (Accessed 15 November 2013)
  36. Ripon Cathedral – Ripon Cathedral welcomes announcement of new Dean (Accessed 13 March 2014)
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  40. Norwich Cathedral – Dean Jane Hedges installed (Accessed 1 July 2014)
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  42. Christ Church Cathedral e-newsletter, No. 31, Autumn 2014 (Accessed 3 October 2014)
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  44. Diocese of Chichester – Downing Street announces new Dean of Chichester Cathedral (Accessed 20 November 2014)
  45. Diocese of Durham news room — Andrew Tremlett named as next Dean of Durham (Accessed 17 December 2015)
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  47. Rochester Cathedral — New Dean (Accessed 26 February 2016)
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  49. SULLIVAN, Ven. Nicola Ann. Who's Who. 2013 (December 2012 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 29 December 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  50. Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham — New Dean of Southwell announced (Accessed 4 April 2016)
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  52. Diocese of Lincoln — New Dean of Lincoln (Accessed 27 May 2016)
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  55. The Bishop of Rochester – Rochester Cathedral (Accessed 26 January 2015)
  56. Bishop of Bath & Wells Appoints Acting Dean of Wells (Accessed 10 January 2016)
  57. Lincoln Cathedral — Visit Us (Accessed 4 April 2016)
  58. Lincoln Cathedral — Chapter Letter, 10 – 23 January 2016 (Accessed 4 April 2016)
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