Cathedrals Working Group

10 April 2017

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have set up a Cathedrals
Working Group, CWG, in response to a request made by the Bishop of
Peterborough in his January 2017 Visitation Charge on Peterborough
Cathedral for a revision to be carried out of the adequacy of the
current Cathedrals Measure.

The CWG will review aspects of cathedral management and
governance and produce recommendations for the Archbishops on the
implications of these responsibilities with regards to the current
Cathedrals Measure.  It will be chaired by the Bishop of
Stepney, Adrian Newman, the former Dean of Rochester Cathedral, and
the Dean of York, Vivienne Faull, will be the vice chair.

The Working Group will look at a number of different areas of
Cathedral governance, including training and development for
cathedral deans and chapters, financial management issues, the
procedure for Visitations, safeguarding matters, buildings and
heritage and the role of Cathedrals in contributing to evangelism
within their dioceses. 

The Bishop of Stepney and the Dean of York said:

“Cathedrals contribute uniquely to the ecology of the Church of
England, and we are a healthier, stronger church when they
flourish. We are pleased to have this opportunity to review the
structures that support their ministry, in order to enhance their
role in church and society Cathedrals are one of the success
stories of the Church of England, with rising numbers of
worshippers. They are a vital part of our heritage and make an
incalculable contribution to the life of the communities that they
serve. This is an exciting opportunity for the Working Group to
look at the different aspects of how Cathedrals work, and to ensure
that the legislation and procedures they use are fit for purpose
for their mission in the 21st century.”

The Group will report back initially to the Archbishops’
Council, Church Commissioners and House of Bishops in December
2017. Full membership and terms of reference for the Working Group
may be found below.

Notes to Editors

For interviews with The Dean of York, please contact Sharon
Atkinson t: 01904 557248 e:  

Information about the current Cathedrals Measure, passed in 1999
and specifying how Cathedrals are governed, can be found here:

Terms of Reference

The Cathedrals Working Group has been established by the
Archbishops in response to the request from the Bishop of
Peterborough in his Visitation Charge “to look at whether the
current Cathedrals Measure is adequate, and to consider revising

The Working Group will therefore review the sufficiency of the
Cathedrals Measure in relation to governance structures in
cathedrals, with particular reference to:

  • Financial management
  • Major buildings projects
  • Safeguarding
  • Accountability, oversight and scrutiny

The Working Group will also review:

  • Leadership capacity, including training and development needs
    for Deans and Chapters
  • The relationship of cathedral governance structures to other
    key partners, especially the Diocesan Bishop, Diocese and Church
  • The planning, execution, communication and implementation of
    Cathedral Visitations

The Working Group will report back initially to the Archbishops’
Council, Church Commissioners and House of Bishops in December
2017, with any recommendations for the revision of the Cathedrals
Measure and any other relevant findings.


Chair: Rt Revd Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney

Vice-Chair: Very Revd Vivienne Faull, Dean of York

  • Mrs Julie Dziegel, member of General Synod (Oxford) and of the
    Archbishops’ Council Finance Committee
  • Andrew Holroyd OBE, Executive Chairman, Jackson Canter
    Solicitors, Lay Canon of Liverpool Cathedral 
  • Carl Hughes, Member of the General Synod and the
    Archbishops’ Council Finance Committee; led the Visitation of
    Peterborough Cathedral on behalf of the Bishop of Peterborough;
    vice chairman of the Southwark Diocesan Board of
  • Richard Oldfield, Chairman, Oldfield Partners
  • Baroness Maeve Sherlock OBE
  • Jennie Page CBE, Former Vice Chair of the Cathedral Fabrics
    Commission for England, Vice Chair, Church Buildings Council
  • Dr Fiona Spiers, former Regional Director for Yorkshire and
    Humber, Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Rt Hon Jack Straw MP
  • Rt Revd Tim Stevens, former Bishop of Leicester