The Dean of Canterbury

A gifted leader in mission, evangelism and engagement

The next Dean of Canterbury will be an experienced, confident leader and pastor who will bring a revitalised, visible unifying spiritual life and leadership, vision and purpose to the Cathedral. They will be an undefended and humble disciple of Jesus with a strong desire to help people grow as confident missionary disciples. They will also be an innovative, entrepreneurial and creative leader in mission, making sure that the Cathedral is seen as a welcoming, open and accessible place for all, for the whole body of Christ, for all faiths and none.

Gifted in developing Partnerships

Canterbury Cathedral’s new Dean will build, expand and diversify the existing range of relationships and partnerships, making sure that it is a force for good in the City, Diocese, County and Communion. They will work to ensure the Cathedral, its leadership, mission, evangelism and engagement are fully integrated into all aspects of Diocesan life, working in partnership in proclaiming the Gospel. They will be able to demonstrate a passion for the Anglican Communion in all its diversity and for developing and promoting Canterbury Cathedral’s place at its heart.

Bring a sense of joyful hope for the future

The next Dean will be able to realise the enormous potential of Canterbury Cathedral. They will be strategic and be able to look to the long-term with the ability to instil and inspire a strong sense of momentum and purpose. They will have experience of leading, motivating and empowering staff teams and be someone who is emotionally intelligent, visible, communicative, unifying, empowering and encouraging. They will be a courageous leader who is collaborative, decisive, unafraid to challenge and to be challenged.

The role profile prepared by the appointment panel gives more information about the opportunities, priorities and challenges for the next Dean of Canterbury, along with the gifts, skills and experience being sought.