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The Very Revd Dr Mandy Ford

Dean of Bristol

The Very Revd Dr Mandy Ford

As Dean of Bristol, Mandy is head of the Cathedral foundation, she chairs the Cathedral Chapter, and with the Chapter directs the mission and ministry of the cathedral. She exercises leadership in the cathedral's worship, preaching and prayer. She represents the cathedral in the diocese and is a crucial important point of contact between the city and the diocese. She is the senior priest in the diocese and shares in the Bishop's oversight of the diocese. She is a member of the Bishop's Staff and Diocesan Synod.

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The Revd Canon Nicola Stanley

Canon Precentor

The Revd Canon Nicola Stanley

Nicola is primarily responsible for worship and liturgy in the Cathedral.  She also has the over-arching responsiblity for the Cathedral choir and our musicians.  

The Revd Canon Nicola Stanley
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The Revd Canon Jonnie Parkin

Canon Missioner

The Revd Canon Jonnie Parkin

In his role as Canon Missioner, Canon Jonnie will build up our relationships with children and young people, will be responsible for evangelistic outreach, and will deepen the discipleship of those in the Cathedral congregation.

The Revd Canon Jonnie Parkin
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The Revd Canon Dr Martin Gainsborough

Diocesan Canon

The Revd Canon Dr Martin Gainsborough

Canon Martin is responsble for developing Cathedral and Diocese ties with the wider city around issues of national and international concern, including social, economic and environmental justice. Martin's main role in the Diocese is as Chaplain to the Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, the Bishop of Bristol. 

The Revd Canon Dr Martin Gainsborough
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The Revd Sarah Evans

Cathedral Chaplain, Minor Canon

The Revd Sarah Evans

As Cathedral Chaplain, Sarah carries out some of the Cathedral's important pastoral care, including home and hospital visits.

The Revd Sarah Evans
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The Revd Dr Minty Hull

Cathedral Chaplain for Spirituality, Minor Canon

The Revd Dr Minty Hull

As Chaplain for Spirituality, Minty is tasked with care for spiritual wellbeing and supporting spiritual development at the Cathedral. She is also Advisor for Spiritual Direction in the Diocese of Bristol. 

The Revd Dr Minty Hull
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Canon Elizabeth Cairncross

Lay Canon

Canon Elizabeth Cairncross

Elizabeth is a Lay Canon at Bristol Cathedral, and a member of the Cathedral Chapter, which has overall responsibility for the governance of the Cathedral. 

Canon Elizabeth Cairncross
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Canon Naomi Miller

Lay Canon

Canon Naomi Miller

Naomi Miller is Deputy Director at Bristol Ideas, a leading arts and cultural organisation for public debate and learning, bringing together diverse artists, audiences and organisations in festivals and programmes to explore key issues of our time. She was Development Director at Bristol Cathedral between 2014-18, where she worked with the team to reinvigorate the Cathedral’s fundraising efforts, enhance the Cathedral’s profile and relationship with the wider city, and bring in new types of programming. She is co-Chair of the Wardrobe Theatre and sits on the board of Destination Culture.

Canon Naomi Miller
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Canon Stephen Parsons, MBE

Lay Canon

Canon Stephen Parsons, MBE

Stephen is Chair of the Cathedral Trust and is Chair of the Fitzhardinge Society. He is Chair of the MAT Cathedral Schools Trust and Vice Chair of Bristol Cathedral Choir School, a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, he previously held Governance posts in the Diocese of Bristol Academies Company (DOBAC), and Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust (DBAT), In 2015 he was awarded an MBE for his services to education and the community. He is a former Bristol Cathedral Chorister and grandfather to a current Bristol Cathedral Chorister.

Canon Stephen Parsons, MBE
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Canon Dr John Savage, CBE

Lay Canon, Canon Treasurer

Canon Dr John Savage, CBE

John has responsibility for the financial portfolio on the Cathedral Chapter.  

Canon Dr John Savage, CBE
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Ben Silvey

Chief Operating Officer (Chapter Clerk)

Ben Silvey

Ben is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Cathedral.  His responsibilities include finance, fabric, events, HR, health and safety and child protection. 

Ben Silvey
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Sarah Morris

Executive Assistant

Sarah Morris

Sarah has several areas of responsibility.  She is the Dean's PA and also coordinates the Cathedral diary and events schedule.  She is the first point of contact for anyone wanting to arrange a special service, event or concert at the Cathedral.  She can also arrange guided tours and provide advice about our volunteer groups. 

Sarah Morris
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Frances Bircher

Visitor Experience Director

Frances Bircher

Frances has responsibility for the ways in which visitors interact with the Cathedral, including accessing worship, exhibits and displays. She offers insight into the Cathedral’s vision and mission, and works closely with volunteers and colleagues.

Frances Bircher
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Andy Webb

Finance Manager

Andy Webb is the Finance Manager.  He divides his time between the Cathedral office, the Diocese and the Diocesan Academies.  

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Chrissie Graham

Operations Officer (Finance & Safeguarding)

Chrissie Graham

Chrissie provides support to the Cathedral's finance department, and leads on the administration of the Cathedral's safeguarding policies.

Chrissie Graham
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Mark Lee

Master of the Choristers & Organist

Mark Lee

Mark is responsible for the training, direction, and management of the Cathedral’s music, notably the Cathedral Choirs.

Mark Lee
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Paul Walton

Assistant Organist and Director of the Cathedral Consort

Paul Walton

Paul Walton accompanies and assists in the training of the Cathedral Choir, gives regular recitals, and directs the Cathedral Consort and the Cathedral Chamber Choir. More information on Paul can be found on his website.

Paul Walton
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Tim Popple

Music Administrator & Marketing Co-Ordinator

Tim Popple

Tim supports the musical and liturgical work of the Cathedral, and is the main point of contact for the Cathedral Choir and for visiting choirs. He also has responsibility for the marketing, communications, and social media for the Cathedral.

Tim Popple
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Sarah Jenkinson

Chorister Tutor & Welcomer Co-ordinator

Sarah Jenkinson

As Chorister Totur Sarah loks after the pastoral needs of the choristers, helping them to manage any conflicts between choir duties and school work. 

She is also Welcomer Co-ordinator, ensuring a warm welcome to the Cathedral for all visitors from her team of volunteer welcomers.

Sarah Jenkinson
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Fiona Dorman

Education Officer

Fiona Dorman

Fiona leads Cathedral Kids at Sunday services and supports our work with schools

Fiona Dorman
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Roger Dubois

Head Verger

Roger Dubois

Roger is responsible for the Verger team who oversee the day-to-day running of the Cathedral's services, concerts and events. Their responsibilities include; security, first aid, health and safety and the general maintenance and management of the Cathedral building and precincts.

Roger Dubois
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Christopher Jones

Verger

Christopher Jones

The Vergers are responsible for maintenance and management of the Cathedral. They also perform a role in worship and special events.

Christopher Jones
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Adam Bullivant

Verger

The Vergers are responsible for maintenance and management of the Cathedral. They also perform a role in worship and special events.

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Caroline Wren

Café Manager

Caroline Wren

Caroline is responsible for the Café. She oversees its operation and ensures it runs properly.

Caroline Wren
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Dyon Campbell

Café Assistant Manager

Dyon assists Caroline in running the Café.

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