Who we're looking for

The role of the Dean is set in the context of working collegially with Chapter and the wider Cathedral community. To be appointed as a Dean, you need to have been ordained for at least six years.

Person Specification

Spiritual life

  • Spiritually reflective
  • Nourished by daily corporate worship


  • Theologically intelligent, engaging and challenging

Vision for mission and delivery

  • Committed to outreach into city and diocese and brings a vision for this
  • Understands the principles of church growth and has experience of putting them into action
  • Has an outward looking, Kingdom approach to mission
  • Able to connect with a wide range of people – both community leaders and church colleagues – and to turn relationship into engagement, gospel action and impact

Engagement in community life and public issues

  • Understands the role of a cathedral in relation to the wider community and how this might be enacted
  • Active and visible in parish, deanery, city and community

Formation of others

  • Encourages and nurtures the discipleship and witness of others

Management of resources and structures

  • Strategically imaginative
  • Experience of strategic and financial change management
  • Financially measured and courageous

Leadership of others

  • Able to create a vision for the future, a strategy to realise it
  • Brings experience of drawing a team together in creating a shared narrative

Working with others

  • Encourages and develops the gifts of others


  • Understands the particular safeguarding challenges within cathedral ministry
  • Has experience of creating a culture which is safe for children and vulnerable adults