Andrew Thurston (Picture: Keith Blundy)

Durham Cathedral is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Thurston as the Cathedral’s newest member of Chapter, the Cathedral’s governing body.

Andrew will also become an honorary Lay Canon working alongside existing Chapter members, including the Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham, towards the mission of ensuring the Cathedral’s financial sustainability, so that the Cathedral can continue to pass on its rich Christian heritage to future generations.

As a member of the Cathedral’s governing body, Andrew will support the finance operation of the Cathedral, as well as attending its Resources, Audit and Investment Committees, and in due course will become the Canon Treasurer. He will also become a governor of the Chorister School. 

Prior to this new voluntary role, Andrew was previously employed as Diocesan Secretary to the Diocese of Durham. His previous career included strategic development for the Boots Company in Nottingham, and he was formerly a treasurer for a parish in Lincoln.

Andrew said of his appointment: ‘I am thrilled to have received the invitation to become a member of Chapter and I am excited by the opportunity to play a part in realising Durham Cathedral’s vision; to share its faith and heritage and transform the communities in which we all live and serve.  I look forward to building on the relationships I developed with colleagues from the Cathedral during my time as Diocesan Secretary, continuing to use my in-depth knowledge of the Church of England.’

The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham, said: ‘My colleagues and I are delighted to welcome Andrew to the Chapter of Durham Cathedral. Andrew’s financial expertise and wealth of management experience will be pivotal in providing strategic leadership and direction to the Cathedral, helping us to continue to develop the Cathedral’s voluntary income and endowment fund, Foundation 2020.  We warmly welcome him to the Cathedral community.’

Andrew Thurston will be installed as an honorary Lay Canon and member of the Cathedral Chapter at Evensong at a date to be announced.