Gloucester Cathedral

The Chapter and Clergy

The Chapter

The Cathedral is run by the Chapter - a bit like a Board of Directors who agree the strategy for the Cathedral and make the important decisions. As well as the Canons, there are 3 Lay Members who bring their experience of other fields of work to bear on the decisions of the Chapter.

The Dean

The Very Revd Stephen Lake

The Dean leads the cathedral community in its mission and ministry. He chairs the Cathedral Chapter which co-ordinates the work of staff, volunteers and all those who share in the witness of Gloucester Cathedral. The Dean is the Senior Priest in a diocese and works closely with the Bishop.

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Stephen Lake

Stephen Lake


The Precentor

The Revd Canon Neil Heavisides

The Precentor is in charge of the services in the Cathedral and the music for them. The music staff and the Vergers work for him.

Contact Neil

Neil Heavisides

Neil Heavisides


Canon Chancellor

The Revd Canon Celia Thomson

The Canon Chancellor is particularly responsible for the ministry of welcome to visitors, working with staff and volunteers in the Cathedral’s Education Centre, Library and Archives, Shop and Coffee Shop and other areas of Cathedral life, to ensure that all who come have an enjoyable experience at Gloucester Cathedral. Celia will be working closely with the Project Pilgrim Team in developing life-long learning opportunities at the Cathedral.

Pastoral care is a shared ministry between all the Clergy.

Contact Celia

Celia Thomson

Celia Thomson


Archdeacon of Gloucester

The Venerable Jackie Searle

Archdeacons have a particular responsibility for church buildings and for getting the very best from our buildings for the welfare of clergy and their families and for the "nitty gritty" of actioning decisions and making sure things work well - for the sake of the Gospel.

Combining the job of Archdeacon with that of a Residentiary Canon means that Jackie works with others to strengthen and develop those all important links between the cathedral, the Bishop and the parishes of the diocese.

Contact Jackie

Jackie Searle

Jackie Searle


Diocesan Canon

The Revd Canon Nikki Arthy

Nikki is Rector of the Benefice of the City Centre with Hempsted. Through her ministry as parish priest, the Cathedral is involved in mission and outreach to the City of Gloucester.

Contact Nikki

Nikki Arthy

Nikki Arthy


The Director of the Department of Mission and Ministry

The Revd Canon Dr Andrew Braddock

Andrew Braddock leads the Department of Mission and Ministry in the Diocese of Gloucester, supporting lay people and clergy in their varied work and callings. As a Residentiary Canon, Andrew has a particular interest in areas relating to mission and discipleship.

Contact Andrew

Andrew Braddock


Lay Members

Dame Janet Trotter

Dame Janet is a Lay Member of Chapter. She is Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire. Amongst her many professional interests, she is Chair of the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and she was formerly the Principal of the University of Gloucestershire.

Janet Trotter

Janet Trotter

Bernard Day

Bernard Day has wide experience of the business world and was Chairman of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group. He was the Chairman of the 2010 Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester.

Bernard Day

Bernard Day



The Cathedral also has other clergy in addition to those on the Chapter, with specific ministries in a number of areas.

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