New Cathedral Council Chair

We are delighted to announce that the Bishop has appointed Charles Wyld as the new Chair of the Cathedral Council. 

Charles is a well known figure in Bristol, having been a partner at Burges Salmon LLP from 1989 to 2017, chair of St George’s Bristol from 2009 to 2018 (including being chair of trustees and chairing the appeal for the new building), High Sheriff of Bristol in 2019/20 and trustee of leading young people’s charity Young Bristol.

Charles and his wife Jo are passionate about choral music and are members of the Exultate Singers, which has given them the opportunity to sing in Cathedrals across England.  Charles is a member of the congregation at St Mary Redcliffe, and Cathedral life is in his DNA as his mother’s father was Dean of Worcester and his father’s grandfather was Archdeacon and Precentor of Salisbury for 57 years.

We are looking forward to benefitting from Charles wisdom and experience in this important role in the Cathedral’s life, especially as we move towards the new governance arrangements in the new Cathedrals Measure 2020.


The role of a Cathedral Council

The role of Cathedral Councils was established by the Cathedrals Measure 1999 to provide a body of advice and support to Cathedral Chapters.

The Cathedral Council supports the work of the Cathedral, spiritual, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical; reviewing and advising upon the direction and oversight of that work by the Chapter and in particular Council may:

  • Consider proposals submitted by the Chapter in connection with the general direction and mission of the Cathedral and give advice on them to the Chapter;
  • Consider proposals which the Chapter shall after consultation with the Bishop submit to promote the spiritual welfare of the Diocese, and give advice on them to the Chapter;
  • Finally, the Council is the legislative authority of the cathedral, with power to revise its constitution and statutes. This last power is significant in the light of the new Cathedrals Measure 2020 which will require all cathedrals to amend their constitutions and statutes in line with the requirements of the Charity Commission.

The Chair of the Cathedral Council must be a lay person and is appointed by the Bishop of the Diocese.

The new Chair of Bristol Cathedral Council will be guiding the Cathedral through changes in governance brought about by the Cathedrals Measure 2020. It is hoped that the Council of Bristol Cathedral can be increasingly representative of the wider city and diocese, helping to build partnerships for the future and creating a robust culture of advice, challenge and support for Chapter

Posted on 24th September 2021