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Durham Cathedral is governed by the Chapter, the Cathedral Council and the College of Canons.

The legal name of Durham Cathedral is the Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham.

It is governed by three bodies which together form the corporate body of the Cathedral – the Chapter, the Cathedral Council and the College of Canons. They are supported by other statutory and non-statutory committees.

The Chapter

The Chapter provides strategic leadership and direction for the Cathedral. It is made up of:

  • The Dean
  • Residentiary Canons
  • Up to four Lay Members, who are communicants of the Church of England

The Cathedral Council

An advisory body whose members have wide ranging interests with experience from within and outside of the Church of England.

Its primary functions are to provide Chapter with objective, critical, constructive advice and to scrutinise Chapter’s activities.

The College of Canons

Clergy and lay people drawn from the parish churches of the Diocese of Durham to assist Chapter in its relations with the local parishes. 

Statutory and non-statutory committees

  • Audit Committee
  • Fabric Advisory Committee
  • Finance & General Purposes Committee
  • Investment Committee
  • Resources Committee

The Bishop

The Bishop is the Visitor of the Cathedral. You can find out more about this role in How Cathedrals are Administered – The Association of English Cathedrals. For more about Bishop Paul Butler please take a look at his online blogs.

Our staff and departments

Around 150 people are employed by the Cathedral covering a huge variety of roles. Departments include:

  • The Dean’s Office – the senior member of clergy who chairs the Cathedral Chapter leading on strategy and direction
  • The Chapter Clerk’s and Chief Operating Officer – the senior layperson responsible for day to day operation of the Cathedral
  • Human Resources and Organisation Development – responsible for human resources related matters including recruitment
  • The Chorister School - part of Durham Cathedral offering day and boarding education to boys and girls from three to 13 year olds. It also educates our Choristers – the children who sing in the Cathedral Choir
  • Development and Strategy – oversees fundraising including grants, sponsorship, patron schemes, donations and legacies
  • Education – runs teaching sessions for visiting schools and colleges, as well as outreach sessions at schools
  • Finance – oversees budget setting and day to day financial matters  
  • Library and Collections – facilitates public access to the Library and manages the Cathedral’s extensive collections
  • Marketing and Events – promotion of the Cathedral including media and PR, event and facility hire enquires including hospitality and catering,  and promotion to the travel trade and groups
  • Property – responsible for day to day maintenance and long term conservation of the building, its precincts, as well as security
  • Visitor Services - oversight of Front of House, the Cathedral Shop and the Undercroft Restaurant
  • Volunteers – co-ordinates and supports all volunteers
  • Worship and Music – responsible for the liturgy of the Cathedral including the Cathedral Choir and the provision of music

Who’s Who in Chapter

The Dean – The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett

The Dean leads the life and work of the Cathedral. He chairs the Cathedral’s governing body (Chapter) and, as senior priest in the diocese, shares with the Diocesan Bishop and members of the leadership team in the oversight of the Diocese of Durham.

Andrew Tremlett has been the Dean of Durham since July 2016, where he is also a member of Council at Durham University; Rector of St Chad’s College; President of St Cuthbert’s Hospice; and Trustee of the Missions to Seafarers.

Ordained in 1989, Andrew has served in parish, industrial chaplaincy, cathedral and political contexts, most recently as Sub-Dean of Westminster Abbey.

Contact: PA to the Dean - Eva West

0191 374 4586 eva.west@durhamcathedral.co.uk

Vice-Dean and Precentor

- The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel 

 

As Precentor of Durham Cathedral, Canon Hampel is the priest who leads on worship. He is also Canon Custos of the Chorister School, which means the member of Chapter who has oversight of the Chorister School.

 

Prior to arriving in Durham as Precentor and Vice-Dean Canon Hampel was Precentor at St Paul's Cathedral.  He comes from Stratford upon Avon but knows Durham well, having completed both undergraduate and post-graduate degrees at Durham University.  His previous ministry includes being a curate at St Paul's Parish Church, Spennymoor, County Durham, and from 1997 to 2002 he was a Minor Canon at Durham Cathedral, and then a senior tutor at St Chad's College, Durham University. 

 

Contact: Secretary to the Vice-Dean and Precentor - Jill Chipchase (Monday - Wednesday), Rebecca Dodd (Thursday – Friday)

0191 374 4065/66 jill.chipchase@durhamcathedral.co.uk and rebecca.dodd@durhamcathedral.co.uk

 

Canon Chancellor - The Reverend Canon Charlie Allen

Canon Allen's duties centre on public engagement between the Cathedral and the wider community. She leads on Christian stewardship, welcome and pastoral care for all those who visit and worship at the Cathedral.  Prior to arriving at Durham in summer 2018 she held a post in the Diocese of Salisbury as Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Coordinator for Initial Ministerial Education.  Charlie grew up in Sunderland, and studied at Durham University as a undergraduate ahead of training for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge.  

Contact: PA to the Dean - Eva West

0191 374 4586 eva.west@durhamcathedral.co.uk

Diocesan Director of Mission, Discipleship, and Ministry and Residentiary Canon - The Reverend Canon Sophie Jelley

Sophie is Canon Missioner at Durham Cathedral and Diocesan Director of Mission, Discipleship and Ministry for the Diocese of Durham. Sophie leads in the area of evangelism and missional outreach at the cathedral.

In recent years, both national and local initiatives have seen thousands of people responding to invitations to pray and reflect more deeply on matters of faith and life.  

Sophie can be contacted through the Durham Diocesan Office: 01388 604515

Van Mildert Professor of Divinity, Durham University and Residentiary Canon – The Revd Canon Professor Simon Oliver

William van Mildert, Bishop of Durham from 1826 to 1836, played a pivotal role in the formation of Durham University when it was founded by Durham Cathedral in 1832. As such, the Van Mildert Professorship of Divinity is one of the University’s oldest Chairs.

 

The holder is both a Professor in the University and Residentiary Canon of the Cathedral, and thus represents the historic link between the two institutions. As Van Mildert Professor, Simon Oliver teaches and researches in the area of Christian doctrine and philosophical theology whilst playing a full role in the governance and liturgical life of the Cathedral, contributing to the ministries of education and formation. As well as his

Read on for a full biography of Canon Oliver.

Please contact Canon Oliver through the Chapter Steward and Governance Manager, Katharine Smith.

0191 338 7146 katharine.smith@durhamcathedral.co.uk

 

Lay Member of Chapter - Canon Andrew Thurston

Andrew became a Lay Member of Chapter and Canon of Durham Cathedral in 2019. 

His primary area of expertise is support of the financal operation of the Cathedral, as well as attending its Resources, Audit and Investment Committees, and in due course will become the Canon Treasurer. He will also become a governor of the Chorister School.  

Prior to this voluntary role, Andrew was previously employed as Diocesan Secretary to the Diocese of Durham. His previous career included strategic development for the Boots Company in Nottingham, and he was formerly a treasurer for a parish in Lincoln.

Please contact Canon Thurston through the Chapter Steward and Governance Manager, Katharine Smith.

0191 338 7146 katharine.smith@durhamcathedral.co.uk

Lay Member of Chapter - Canon Cathy Barnes

Cathy has been a lay member of the Cathedral Chapter since 2015, taking a particular interest in Human Resources and Governance matters. She retired in 2014 after thirty years in education-related roles. She was initially a lecturer in Psychology and Teacher Training, moving into college management and then into awarding body management and consultancy.

She has held governance roles in charities and other organisations. After nine years as a Governor of the University of Sunderland she was invited to become Chair of the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, a post she held for six years. She was made an honorary Fellow of Sunderland University in 2013.

Please contact Canon Barnes through the Chapter Steward and Governance Manager, Katharine Smith.

0191 338 7146 katharine.smith@durhamcathedral.co.uk

Canon Simon Wood as a Durham Cathedral Chorister, taken in 1972

Lay Member of Chapter – Canon Simon Wood

Canon Wood is the most recently installed Lay member of Chapter.  He has a legal background as a barrister and now as a judge. His connection to the Cathedral dates back to his days as a singing chorister as well as a history of volunteering in the Church of England generally.  He supports the well-being of the Cathedral in all its activities, primarily via governance. Canon Wood has particular interests in music, the Chorister School and legal issues.

Please contact Canon Wood through the Chapter Steward and Governance Manager, Katharine Smith.

0191 338 7146 katharine.smith@durhamcathedral.co.uk

The Chapter Clerk and Chief Operating Officer - Amanda Anderson

Amanda acts as clerk to the Cathedral Chapter and is responsible for day to day operation of the Cathedral. She came to Durham from Bradford Cathedral where she was Director of Strategic Development and Operations.

Prior to that she had a distinguished career in the Armed Forces that saw her serve with the Royal Irish Regiment and the Royal Army Medical Corps. Achievements in the Armed Forces include managing significant organisational change during the restructuring of the Army Medical Services to provide better support to serving personnel and their families in the UK and globally.    

Please contact the Chapter Clerk and Chief Operating Officer via Faye Dufferwiel, the Governance and Business Support Officer.

0191 3744064 Faye.dufferwiel@durhamcathedral.co.uk

 

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