The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham is delighted to confirm that the Diocese of Durham has a new Chancellor. He is Adrian Iles, currently the deputy chancellor of the Diocese and a member of the Legal Office of the National Church Institutions.

Adrian will take over from the Revd Canon and Worshipful Dr Rupert Bursell QC who served as Chancellor from 1989 and retires in November 2017. Commenting on his retirement he said: “Durham has always been very special in my life and I tell anyone who asks that it holds a central place in my heart. It is not only serving the diocese – which has been an enormous privilege – but also the connection with the greatest of all cathedrals. Indeed, it was at my swearing-in at the cathedral on St Cuthbert’s day 1989 that I first began to understand the presence of the saints. I am delighted that Adrian is taking over as my successor and I wish him the same fulfilment in the post that it has given me.”

Adrian has been the deputy Chancellor for 3 years and will formally be sworn in as Chancellor at evensong in Durham Cathedral on the 14th January 2018.

The Diocesan Chancellor is the judge of the consistory court. In practice, he is the vicar-general of the Diocesan Bishop and, as such, advises the Bishop on legal matters and grants common licences.

The Diocese will formally say farewell to Revd Canon and Worshipful Dr Rupert Bursell QC during evensong in Durham Cathedral on November 25th 2017.

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