Non-Executive Member of Chapter

Durham Cathedral is seeking to appoint two additional Non-Executive Members to its Chapter (the Board of the Cathedral). This is an exciting opportunity to play a key part in the life of this vibrant and historic centre of Christian worship and ministry at a strategic moment in its development.

Non-Executive Member of Chapter

In making these appointments, we actively welcome applicants from backgrounds under-represented in our current membership, as we believe this will enhance the quality of our discussions and decisions. 


We recognise that the role of a Chapter member is one of both significant responsibility and opportunity. As a Chapter we are praying that God will lead us in the process of mutual discernment with those who might offer themselves for these roles.

Non-Executive Member Role Description

As a member of Chapter, you will carry out your duties in support of the mission of Durham Cathedral which include:

  • Trustee responsibility for governance, leadership and strategic direction and oversight of the administration of the Cathedral’s affairs – including the management of risk, setting policies and ensuring compliance with our legal obligations.
  • Bringing expertise and insights from your professional experience elsewhere.
  • A commitment to collective decision-making and to our values, including a commitment to ensuring safeguarding is fully integrated into our activities, and a recognition of the importance of confidentiality.

  • Spending time praying for the Cathedral, and involvement as an Honorary Canon in the worshipping and ceremonial life of the Cathedral.

A full role description can be found here.


This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS Check.

Durham Cathedral is committed to safeguarding. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. For further details, please refer to our Safeguarding Policy Statement.


  • Closing date for receipt of completed application form: 9:00am Monday 29th April 2024.
  • Initial interviews with long-listed candidates will be held online on Monday 20th and Thursday 23rd May 2024.
  • Short-listed candidates will be invited to come to the Cathedral to enable them to meet key individuals and familiarise themselves with our work.
  • Main panel interviews will take place on Wednesday 12th June 2024, following an evening social event with members of the Chapter the day before.
  • There will be a final meeting of the nominated candidates with the Acting Bishop of Durham following the receipt of references, who will then make a final recommendation for appointments being made to the Chapter.
  • An induction process will be arranged during July and August 2024, and it is envisaged that following satisfactory receipt of safeguarding checks, the successful candidates will be formally installed as Canons of the Cathedral and members of Chapter in September 2024.

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