Next Steps

If you would like to apply, please complete the online application form via AAAD Pathways. The closing date for applications is 9 September 2021. Please be aware that the online application system will close at midnight on this day. 

Anonymous shortlisting

In order to help minimise unconscious bias in the appointment process, the appointment panel will conduct their initial shortlist on the basis of the application form only - without seeing the candidates' names, previous appointments, or any other identifiable information.

We have produced guidance notes to help you prepare your application which we would encourage you to read before applying.

The appointment process

Simeon’s Trustees are the patron of the Cathedral Church of St Peter, Bradford, reflecting the Cathedral’s evangelical roots.

Gordon Tollefson, a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire has been invited by the Archbishop of York to chair the panel which has the responsibility to nominate the next Dean. The other members of the appointment panel are:

Voting members

Sharron Arnold (Chapter Representative)

David Bailey (Simeon’s Trustees Representative)

Nick Baines (Bishop of Leeds)

Kay Brown (Bishop’s Council Representative)

Judith Donovan (College of Canons Representative)

Monica Slocombe (Chapter Representative)

Nicola Sullivan (Dean of Southwell - the Cathedrals’ Representative nominated by the Archbishop of York)

Non-voting members

Brad Cook (Archbishops’ Appointments & Vocations Adviser)

Amos Kasibante (Advisory member invited by the Chair)


As part of the interview process, we make use of psychometric profiling to support appointment and discernment work. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete psychometric questionnaires and discuss the themes from these with an external consultant.

The interviews will take place on Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th November. Subject to Coronavirus restrictions, we hope the interviews will be able to take place in person. 

Stipend and housing

The current stipend for Deans is £37,670 per annum. The Dean will live in The Deanery, Cathedral Close, Bradford. The role will be offered under Common Tenure. 

Eligibility & pre-employment enquiries

To be appointed as Dean you need to have been ordained for at least six years. Applicants should have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom. The appointed candidate will need to satisfactorily complete an Enhanced DBS check and pre-appointment occupational health clearance. 


Experience of your competence in managing safeguarding forms a key part of the discernment process, as well as enquiries to reassure the appointing panel that you are not a safeguarding risk. 

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a confidential declaration and your bishop will provide a Clergy Current Status Letter (CCSL), prior to interview, having examined your blue file. We will also ask your referees to comment on your approach to managing safeguarding.

In the event of safeguarding concerns being raised, the Archbishops’ Secretary for Appointments will liaise with your bishop, the Chair of the panel and the National Safeguarding Team (NST) for advice and direction on how to proceed. If any issues raised cannot be resolved within the timescales for the appointment process, you may be asked to withdraw.

Induction and Development

A transition coach will be available to support the next Dean as s/he takes up this new ministry. The new Dean will also be invited to attend safeguarding training alongside a series of other induction meetings to help them flourish in their new role. 

Further questions

If you have any questions about the application process email