Dean of Portsmouth

The Cathedral Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, set in Old Portsmouth, is the ancient parish church of Portsmouth and was raised to the status of Cathedral in 1927. It serves a city perhaps best known for its long and valued association with the navy yet increasingly associated with its growing university and its heritage tourism. The Cathedral, alongside these and other institutions and bodies, is well placed to have a significant ministry within this city, sometimes described as a “northern city on the south coast” as well as enabling the wider diocese in its discipleship of living, praying and serving. 

The contents of this website, along with some additional information, is available to download as a briefing pack

Candidates are advised to read the guidance notes for applicants before applying.

From the bishop

Portsmouth Cathedral is at the heart of the Diocese and the city of Portsmouth. I’m pleased you are considering applying to be Dean and I hope these papers help in your discernment.

St Thomas’s has given witness and service as chapel, parish church and cathedral to the local community, the parish, the city and more recently to the diocese for nearly 900 years. Today our Cathedral is well placed to enhance and develop its local and wider ministries. Its own development and action plan, linking with the diocese’s strategic vision live | pray | serve make this an exciting and challenging time to appoint and welcome a new Dean. I am committed to the very close relationship between bishop, cathedral and the diocese and the next Dean will, I hope, strengthen this partnership.

I am looking forward to the Cathedral and the new Dean honouring the close relationships and high standards of today through imaginative and creative development of congregational life, in outreach and welcome to the parish, city communities and diocese, with flexible and effective management. I and colleagues are excited to receive and read applications. We thank you for your interest.

The Right Reverend Christopher Foster
Bishop of Portsmouth