Join the Team

Chapter Member


St Edmundsbury Cathedral is to become a registered charity on 1 May 2023 and is looking to appoint additional independent non-executive members to join Chapter which is the Board of Trustees. Chapter is accountable for the governance, strategic direction and management of the Cathedral, and has ultimate responsibility for the care, maintenance and development of the Cathedral estate, all aspects of Cathedral activity, and for securing its long-term viability and financial sustainability.


  • Non-executive members of Chapter ensure that the focus of the Cathedral is the promotion of the Christian faith, maintaining an effective balance between that and its important financial and commercial obligations and ventures.


  • Members offer strategic advice and oversight on all aspects of the work of the Cathedral, including ensuring compliance with all regulations and statutory obligations and adherence to the highest standards of good governance. They also offer constructive challenge to the executive team, offering expertise and experience to help with evidence-based decision-making.


  • Chapter members advise and support the Dean, Residentiary Canons, and Chief Operating Officer on issues that are within their areas of particular expertise.


  • Chapter members are invited to bring innovative thinking, together with new ideas and insights, to help secure the long-term future of the Cathedral and the delivery of its strategy through the Masterplan 2030. Particular emphasis will be placed on members promoting the life and work of the Cathedral at the heart of the Bury St Edmunds community, across the county of Suffolk and the wider eastern region.


  • Chapter members are welcomed as leading members of the Cathedral community and as such are expected to take part in meetings and events. Visible participation in the worship at the heart of the Cathedral’s mission is an important expression of the non-executive membership of Chapter. Lay members robe and have individual stalls in the Quire of the Cathedral. We would hope for attendance at the Sunday Eucharist once a month; and at occasional Evensongs, Greater Festivals and civic occasions as personal circumstances permit.


For more information, please download an application pack below.

Completed applications should be sent to Sarah-Jane Allison:


Closing date: Tuesday 18 April at 6.00 pm


Application Pack

Application Form

Cathedral Volunteer


Volunteers contribute a huge amount to St Edmundsbury Cathedral and play a vital role in our community and in supporting our work.


We’re always looking for new volunteers to support us, from tending the gardens to welcoming our many visitors. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, develop skills and give something back to the local community.

There are various roles available from behind the scenes support to more front facing opportunities. Find out more here.

For an informal conversation about volunteering or to find out further details please email or call 01284 748720 to arrange an appointment. All prospective volunteers are required to complete our application form and one module of online Safeguarding training.


Application Pack

Application Form