Notice of the preparation of a draft instrument to replace the Cathedral’s Constitution and Statutes

This is a notice of the preparation of a draft instrument to replace the Cathedral’s Constitution and Statutes.


On Friday 18 November 2022 we begin the process of consultation with the public and Cathedral community which will conclude on Saturday 17 December 2022.


Last year, the Cathedrals Measure 2021 received royal assent following its passage through the General Synod of the Church of England and Parliament. The Measure introduces significant reforms to the governance of cathedrals. This was last reviewed over twenty years ago.


The key features of the new Measure are:

  • A simplified governance structure. At present, cathedrals are governed by three bodies: a Council, a Chapter and a College of Canons. Under the new Measure, a single body of trustees – the Chapter – will be responsible for overseeing the Cathedral.
  • Registered Charity Status. Although cathedrals are treated as charities for tax purposes, until now they have not been registered with or regulated by the Charity Commission. Under the new Measure, cathedrals will be registered charities and will have a similar regulatory relationship with the Charity Commission to other charities of their size. The Church Commissioners will also retain a limited oversight role.
  • Modernised constitutional arrangements. Cathedrals will now have statutory risk and review committees, finance and a nominations committee to recruit trustees with a minimum proportion of non-executive and lay membership.
St Edmundsbury Cathedral by Becky Luetchford

To prepare for the Measure, St Edmundsbury Cathedral has prepared a draft Constitution and draft Statutes. The Constitution will be the new governing document of the Cathedral, and the Statutes set out further detail on how the Cathedral is to operate. We now offer these drafts for public consultation below. The purpose of the consultation is to allow for comment on the proposed new Constitution and Statues which are the governing documents of our Cathedral.


St Edmundsbury Cathedral Constitution

St Edmundsbury Cathedral Statutes


Please send any comments on the draft to Sarah-Jane Allison, Chief Operating Officer by email or by post to Cathedral Office, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1LS.


Any representations must be made in writing by email or letter and must arrive before 5pm on Saturday 17 December 2022 to be considered before finalisation.