Chapter

The Chapter directs and oversees the administration of the affairs of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. It is the ‘governing body’ of the Cathedral and consists of eleven people, both clergy and laity, chaired by the Dean. It orders the worship and mission of the Cathedral, formulates policy, manages property, oversees finance, and generally ensures that the Cathedral’s Constitution and Statutes are maintained and reviewed.

 

The Dean (The Very Reverend Joe Hawes) as the leading priest has oversight of the spiritual and administrative life of the Cathedral Community. The Dean is a senior member of the clergy of the Diocese and so represents the Cathedral in its role as Mother Church of the Diocese.

 

The Residentiary Canons work closely with the Dean in leading worship in the Cathedral and in each of their areas of responsibility. They are:

 

The Precentor (The Reverend Canon Philip Banks) has responsibility for worship, music and the arts, organising both regular services and the wide range of special services that take place in the Cathedral. He also oversees the Fabric of the Cathedral.

 

The Canon Pastor (The Reverend Canon Matthew Vernon) has responsibility for pastoral care in the Cathedral community and oversees the Ministry of Welcome to visitors. The Canon Pastor coordinates baptisms, weddings funerals, home communions, hospital visits and other pastoral encounters. Canon Vernon is also the Sub Dean.

 

The Canon Theologian (The Reverend Canon Michael Robinson) is responsible for theological development and learning in the Diocese and is also the Bishops’ Chaplain.

 

The Archdeacon for Rural Mission (The Venerable Sally Gaze).

 

Lay Members of Chapter are: Barbara Pycraft (Cathedral Warden), Terry Stark (Cathedral Warden), Tim Allen (appointed by The Bishop), Sue Hughes (elected by Annual Parochial Church Meeting).

Chapter Members

Dean Joe Hawes | St Edmundsbury Cathedral

THE VERY REVEREND JOE HAWES
DEAN OF ST EDMUNDSBURY

The Dean was installed in July 2018 as the Dean of St Edmundsbury. He is a former Durham University graduate who studied theology at St Stephen’s House, Oxford. He came to Bury St Edmunds from All Saints’ Fulham and was previously Team Vicar for eight years at St Michael’s, Barnes Team Ministry, in London. He served his curacy within the Clapham Team Ministry.

 

He serves on General Synod, representing the Deans, and is about to take up a trusteeship of USPG.

 

The Dean, as the leading priest, has oversight of the spiritual and administrative life of the Cathedral Community. The Dean is a senior member of the clergy of the Diocese and so represents the Cathedral in its role as Mother Church of the Diocese.

Sub Dean Matthew Vernon

THE REVEREND CANON MATTHEW VERNON
SUB DEAN AND CANON PASTOR

Canon Matthew was installed in February 2009 as Canon Pastor, having served for 8 years as Priest in Charge at St John’s Cathedral in Hong Kong. He became Sub Dean in October 2012.

 

He is Chair of the Abbey of St Edmund Heritage partnership, which is spearheading celebrations in 2020 to mark the 1000th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund.

 

The Canon Pastor has responsibility for pastoral care in the Cathedral community and oversees the Ministry of Welcome to visitors. The Canon Pastor coordinates baptisms, weddings funerals, home communions, hospital visits and other pastoral encounters. Canon Vernon is also the Sub Dean.

Canon Philip Banks

THE REVEREND CANON PHILIP BANKS
PRECENTOR

Canon Philip was installed as Precentor in February 2012. Prior to this, Philip served as Rector of Marks Hall and Vicar of Coggeshall from July 2003, and as Rural Dean from 2008.
He was also responsible for the Chelmsford Course for Spiritual Directors for many years, and chaired the Diocesan Spirituality Advisors’ Group.

 

Prior to this, Philip was Bishop of Chelmsford’s Chaplain and Media Officer, and also the priest at Elmstead Market. He served his curacy in the early 1990s in Chelmsford and Brentwood. Before ordination Philip was a Chartered Surveyor, latterly working for a local authority as Principal Estates Surveyor in Hertfordshire.

 

The Precentor has responsibility for worship, music and the arts, organising both regular services and the wide range of special services that take place in the Cathedral. Philip is Chaplain to the High Sheriff of Suffolk, assists with ministerial training in the diocese and also oversees the maintenance and development of Fabric of the Cathedral and properties. He also oversees the Fabric of the Cathedral.
Michael Robinson

THE REVEREND CANON MICHAEL ROBINSON
CANON THEOLOGIAN AND BISHOPS’ CHAPLAIN

Michael Robinson is the Bishops’ Chaplain and Canon Theologian. He moved to Suffolk in January 2020, which means he has spent most of his time in the diocese in lockdown! Before ordination, he worked for the Ministry of Justice and at the House of Commons.

 

He was ordained in 2016, serving his title at St Peter’s, Walworth, a large, diverse parish situated between Elephant & Castle and Peckham. Born and raised in York, he read history at Magdalene College, Cambridge and returned to Cambridge for ordination training at Westcott House. Michael is married to Kate, and they have two young children, meaning he is looking forward to some free time in 2029.

Sally Gaze Archdeacon for Rural Mission

VENERABLE SALLY GAZE
ARCHDEACON FOR RURAL MISSION

The Revd Canon Sally Gaze was appointed to the post of the new Archdeacon for Rural Mission in February 2019. She has a rich experience of growing rural churches and a significant national profile for pioneering creative approaches to rural mission and ministry.

 

Her role is to strengthen and develop church life in rural communities. It is about helping people to experience God’s love in rural Suffolk in all sorts of ways from creative worship to combatting isolation.

 

Before she was appointed Dean for Rural Mission Consultancy in the Diocese in 2017, Sally had been Team Rector in the Tas Valley Team Ministry in Norfolk, Fresh Expressions Facilitator and Hon. Canon of Norwich Cathedral. Sally is married to Chris and they have two children.

Barbara Pycraft - chapter

BARBARA PYCRAFT

(CATHEDRAL WARDEN)

Originally from Belfast, I was brought up in the Methodist tradition, (with its wonderful hymn tunes) before being confirmed into the Church of England at Manchester Cathedral, whilst at University there.

 

Following a varied career as a Secondary School Teacher, Music Director, and Commercial Manager, my husband and I moved to Suffolk in 2008, where I have since become involved in the local community, including playing with Suffolk Sinfonia and volunteering in the Cathedral Shop.

 

As part of my Chapter role I sit on or chair various committees, Communications, Safeguarding, Information Protection, Music and the Ancient Library and I hope that this, along with my experience gained in parishes up and down the country, such as serving on a PCC and singing in and directing church choirs, helps to give me a clear understanding of the needs, strengths and direction of our Cathedral in the future.

Terry Stark

TERRY STARK

(CATHEDRAL WARDEN)

Terry was born in Reading, Berkshire and moved here in 1993 where she worked in the Cathedral Office and became an active member of the congregation. She has been a member of the PCC and secretary of the local branch of the Children’s Society as well as secretary of the Friends of the Cathedral Choir. Terry has four children all of whom have been members of the Cathedral’s Choirs and has been involved in both the creche and as a Junior Church leader.

Terry volunteered at the local Citizens Advice Bureau before taking up a supporting role at a local upper school. She has been a deputy warden since May 2015 and looks forward to her role as Cathedral Warden.

Dominic Holmes

DOMINIC HOLMES (LAY MEMBER APPOINTED BY PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL)

Dominic lives in the village of Hundon near Bury St Edmunds and has had two of his three sons sing in the Cathedral Choir. He has very much enjoyed going to the Cathedral over many years, to Evensong, especially when his boys were singing, and to the Sunday main service.

 

Originally a farmer’s son from East Suffolk, Dominic runs a small business called Cress Ltd in West Suffolk, which sells natural health products to Health Food Shops, Pharmacies and Online. He has a team of 22 people that are based nationwide selling some wonderful natural brands including Sukin Natural Skincare, Tisserand Essential Oils and Herbatint.

 

He belives Cathedral has and continues to be a place for contemplation at the end of the week and of calm where one can put things into perspective. It has so much to offer everyone from East to West and Central Suffolk.

Sue Hughes

SUE HUGHES (LAY MEMBER APPOINTED BY PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL)

Sue grew up mostly in East Suffolk first visiting the Cathedral to sing with other parish choirs in 1974. Now living in West Suffolk, she became a regular attendee at the Cathedral around 25 years ago. Her children sang in the Workshop, Colts & St Cecilia choirs. Sue has also been involved with the Tuesday healing ministry services.

 

In her professional life, Sue originally served as a police officer and later joined Suffolk Magistrates serving as Bench Chairman & a trainer until last year. She is now involved with Healthwatch Suffolk, Suffolk Dementia Forum and the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership.

 

She looks forward to learning more about the governance of the Cathedral & helping it secure a strong & meaningful future.

Cathedral Accounts

To see a copy of the Cathedral’s Accounts for 2013 click here

To see a copy of the Cathedral’s Accounts for 2014 click here

To see a copy of the Cathedral’s Accounts for 2015 click here

To see a copy of the Cathedral’s Accounts for 2016 click here

To see a copy of the Cathedral’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2017 click here

To see a copy of the Cathedral’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2018 click here

To see a copy of the Cathedral’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2019 click here

To see a copy of the Cathedral’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2020 click here

To see a copy of the Cathedral’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2021 click here

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