Who's Who in the Friends

Friends of Gloucester Cathedral Council Members

Photograph - Margaret Austen - FOGC Chairlady

Margaret Austen


Elected Member of Council

Margaret Austen is a qualified solicitor who has specialised in company, commercial and charity law, as well as being managing partner of Willans Solicitors. She has been a trustee and/or honorary adviser to a number of local charities and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.

Photo - Robert Ingram - FOGC Trustee

Rob Ingram

Honorary Secretary

Ex-officio member of Council

Rob Ingram was a teacher and schoolmaster for 35 years. He currently serves on Council as a member of the Events Committee and as Acting Honorary Secretary. He and his wife are regular members of the Cathedral congregation, and he is a volunteer in the Breakfast Club.

Photo - Tim Watkins - FOGC Trustee

Tim Watkins

Ex-officio member of Council

Honorary Treasurer

Tim Watkins is Managing Partner of Randall & Payne, a firm of Accountants in Cheltenham. He is an ex-officio member and Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of the Council.

Photo - Sam, Lord Vestey - FOGC President

Sam, Lord Vestey

FOGC President

The Lord Vestey GCVO was Chairman of the Vestey family business and lives in Gloucestershire. He has been president and patron of many organisations, both local and national.

Photo - Susan Faircloth - FOGC Trustee

Susan Faircloth

Trustee and Newsletter Editor

Elected Member of Council

Susan Faircloth has worked internationally in editorial and management roles in academic publishing for many years. She is responsible for the Friends' publications.

Carolyn Elwes - FOGC Trustee

Carolyn, Lady Elwes


Elected Member of Council

Carolyn, Lady Elwes has worked for many years in the charity sector and in a non-executive role in the NHS.

Photo - The Very Revd Stephen Lake - Dean of Gloucester

The Very Revd. Stephen Lake

Dean of Gloucester Cathedral

Ex-officio member of Council

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester since 2011, has overall responsibility for the Cathedral as Chair of the Chapter. Stephen is also chair of the Project Pilgrim Board, Gloucester Regeneration Advisory Board and the County Scout Executive. He is a Church Commissioner and a member of the National Safeguarding Steering Group.

Photo - Emily MacKenzie - Chapter Steward

Emily MacKenzie

Chapter Steward, Gloucester Cathedral

Emily MacKenzie is Chapter Steward, and Chief Operating Officer of Gloucester Cathedral. She is a member of Gloucester Cathedral Chapter, and also an honorary lay canon of the Cathedral. She is invited to attend meetings of Council.
Photo - Revd Richard Mitchell - FOGC Trustee

Revd. Canon Richard Mitchell

Trustee - Chapter Representative

Canon Precentor, Gloucester Cathedral

Reverend Canon Richard Mitchell, Canon Precentor and Director of Congregational Development, a position he has held since 2016, is a member of Gloucester Cathedral Chapter. He is also a member of General Synod. He is an ex-officio member and Trustee of Council.

Photo - Felicity Read - FOGC Trustee

Felicity Read


Elected Member of Council

Felicity Read is Managing Director of Leapfrog PR, guest lectures at the University of Gloucestershire and lectures on strategic communications each year at URL in Barcelona.  Felicity works with development charity Friends of Ibba Girls School (South Sudan), has three (almost grown-up) children, and is a very keen runner.

Friends of Gloucester Cathedral Support Team

Photograph of Claire Saunders - FOGC Office Administrator

Claire Saunders

Office Administrator

Claire manages the day to day running of the Friends of Gloucester Cathedral.  She can usually be found in the Friends Office on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Claire is also a regular member of the Cathedral Congregation.







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