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 is the Bishop of London and Church Commissioners’ nominated trustee on the Board of the Fulham Palace Trust, engaged in reshaping the mission and finances of this historic residence of the Bishops of London.

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.

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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 Vernon

Prior to being installed as Precentor in February 2012, 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. He also oversees the Fabric of the Cathedral.

Canon Banks
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.

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.


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.

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I was born in Reading, Berkshire. My parents are from Suffolk and Norfolk. and retired here over 20 years ago.

I moved here in 1993 and worked in the Cathedral Office and became an active member of the congregation. I have 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. I have four children all of whom have been members of the Cathedral’s Choirs and I have been involved in both the creche and as a Junior Church leader.

I volunteered at the local Citizens Advice Bureau before taking up a supporting role at a local upper school.

I have been a deputy warden since May 2015 and I look forward to my new role as Cathedral Warden.


I live in the village of Hundon near Bury St Edmunds and have had two of my three sons in the Cathedral Choir at the Cathedral. I have very much enjoyed going to the Cathedral over many years, to Evensong, especially when my boys were singing, and to the Sunday main service.

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

The 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.

Dominic Holmes

Bishop Martin appointed me in 2016. I enjoy contributing to Cathedral life and serving as a Chapter member and Emeritus Lay Canon. I have loved cathedrals and cathedral worship all my life but until recently worshipped in small rural churches. It is good to belong to a fine Cathedral which is also a vibrant parish church: my aim is that we get the best of both. I am a member of the Finance Committee and represent Chapter on the Foundation and on the Heritage Partnership.

From a Cambridgeshire farming family, I have lived in Suffolk for over 40 years. My working life was in London at the Bank of England and establishing the Securities and Investment Board. After retiring early, I chaired the Diocesan Advisory Committee and served on Bishops Council and General Synod.

Married to Claire in 2017, I live across the Great Churchyard near the Cathedral.

Tim Allen

I grew up mostly in East Suffolk first visiting the Cathedral to sing with other parish choirs in 1974.

Now living in West Suffolk I became a regular attendee at the Cathedral around 25 years ago. My children sang in the Workshop, Colts & St Cecilia choirs. I have also been involved with the Tuesday healing ministry services.

In my professional life I originally served as a police officer and later joined Suffolk Magistrates serving as Bench Chairman & a trainer until last year.

I am now involved with Healthwatch Suffolk, Suffolk Dementia Forum and the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership.

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

Sue Hughes