The Bishop of Durham, advised by the Chapter of Durham Cathedral, is seeking to appoint a Residentiary Canon and Canon Chancellor with energy, resilience and a public-facing outlook. This is a senior post and the appointee will be expected to have a proven theological, strategic and leadership capability.

As a Residentiary Canon and Member of the Chapter, the Canon Chancellor carries out duties in support of the Mission of Durham Cathedral which include:

  • – Trustee responsibility for the governance of the Cathedral through Chapter (strategic)
  • – Leadership and managerial responsibility(executive)
  • – Canon-in-Residence duties and full involvement in the liturgical life of the Cathedral

Time Table

  • – Closing date: 10 am on Monday 12th February 2018
  • – Shortlisted Candidates will be invited to a selection event at the Cathedral on Wednesday 28th February and Thursday 1st March 2018

Should you wish to have a confidential discussion about this role, please call Ian Hunter, Head of HR&OD in the first instance on (0191) 386 4266, who will make the appropriate arrangements for you to speak with the Dean of the Cathedral and/or the existing post holder.

Additional Details

The Bishop and Chapter are embarking on the next stage of our development and are looking for an influential and inspirational Canon Chancellor, in succession to Canon Rosalind Brown who is retiring in the summer following her distinguished service to Durham Cathedral and the wider church. We are seeking a colleague who is passionate about our core purpose and is committed to enabling the whole Cathedral community to live our values, deliver our strategic objectives and fulfil our vision. Being a key member of our team of nearly one thousand clergy, staff, volunteers and business partners, you will have the opportunity to work in the environment of one of the truly great buildings of Europe. Set majestically on a rocky promontory next to the Castle with the medieval city below and the River Wear sweeping round, Durham Cathedral is part of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here is what we believe about our identity down the centuries and today, and how we – as the Cathedral’s living community – understand our role as its guardians:

Durham Cathedral is a Christian Church of the Anglican Communion, the shrine of St Cuthbert, the seat of the Bishop of Durham and a focus of pilgrimage and spirituality in North East England.

We inhabit a treasured sacred space set in the natural and human landscape of the World Heritage Site.

And this is the heart of our purpose:

To worship God, share the gospel of Jesus Christ, welcome all who come, celebrate and pass on our rich Christian heritage, and discover our place in God’s creation. This is not only a special opportunity to be part of the Cathedral community, but a rare privilege to be able to contribute to shaping and leading the future growth and impact of Durham Cathedral by sharing the love of God in Jesus Christ. We invite you to explore the treasures of Durham Cathedral, and we hope that you will be captivated by this holy and beautiful place and what it stands for.

A full Candidate Information Pack can be downloaded here. Please take a look at our website ( which I hope whets your appetite. If it does, we very much look forward to hearing from you. The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham

Supporting Documentation

Location of The Diocesan Office

To apply for this role, please follow the link to the Church of England Vacancies Website Here