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The†Cathedral Church of Christ & the Blessed Mary the Virgin, of Worcester is†the mother church of the Diocese†of Worcester†and the seat of the Bishop of Worcester.†

The Chapter

The Chapter oversees the day-to-day life of the cathedral and the staff appointed by them. It is responsible for the strategic direction of the cathedral's mission and ministry and monitors the results.

The Members of the Chapter


The Very Reverend Dr Peter Atkinson

The Dean

The Dean's Office†† - 01905 732909
The Chapter Office - 01905 732900†

The Dean chairs the Cathedral Chapter and has overall responsibility for the cathedral's life, mission and ministry. He†also represents the cathedral in the city, the county and holds responsibilities in the wider diocese.


Reverend Canon Dr Michael Brierley

Canon Precentor

Direct - 01905 732940

The Precentor†is responsible for the cathedral's liturgical work and music.†


Reverend Canon Dr Georgina Byrne

Residentiary Canon

The Chapter Office††- 01905 732900
Direct - 01905 732938†

Canon Byrne is a Residentiary Canon of the Cathedral †


†Canon Dr David Bryer

Lay Canon


The Chapter Office - 01905 732900


Canon Anne Penn

Lay Canon


The Chapter Office - 01905 732900

Other Key Personnel

Val Floy

The Cathedral Steward


Direct - 01905 732907

is the chief administrative officer and as such is responsible for the day-to-day management of the cathedral and staff. It is the Steward's task to put into action the strategy set by the Chapter. The Departments that perform the Cathedral operations all report to the Steward.

Nicholas Freestone†

Acting Director of Music


01905 732900†

is responsible for the musical life of the cathedral, which includes the Cathedral Choir, the Voluntary Choir and the Chamber Choir. He is assisted by Nicholas Freestone and sub assistant organist, Richard Cook.


James Prior

Head Verger


Direct - 01905 732930


Professor John Vickerman



The Chapter Office - 01905 732900

A Reader in the Church of England who is authorised to lead worship, to preach and to administer communion.

The Cathedral Council Canons_processing.jpgCanons_processing.jpg

This is the key advisory body, established to support the work of the Chapter. It provides a sounding board as well as expert guidance to assist the Chapter in its decisions. It has the informal role of watchdog ensuring that the cathedral fulfils its legal responsibilities.

The Council is made up of the following groups:

  • Michael Clarke (Chairman)
  • The Dean of Worcester
  • Eight members appointed by the Bishop
  • Two members appointed from the Chapter
  • Two members appointed by the College of Canons
  • Two members appointed by the cathedral community

The College of Canons

Canons_in_Chapter_house.jpgThis body brings opinion and questions from across Worcestershire and the Metropolitan District of Dudley. It also enables open communication between the cathedral and the diocese.

The College of Canons consists of the following:

  • The Dean of Worcester
  • The Residentiary Canons (3)
  • The Lay Canons appointed to the Chapter (3)

††††† Those appointed by the Bishop: Canons_in_pews.jpg

  • Honorary Canons (17)
  • Lay Canons (6)
  • Honorary Ecumenical members (2)
  • Honorary Canon not in the Diocese (1)
  • Supernumerary Honorary Canons (2)†

The Cathedral Community Committee

This committee is chaired by the Dean and made up of representatives from all the different cathedral groups. It brings opinions, suggestions and questions to the Chapter from the membership of the cathedral.

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