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Residentiary Canon & Canon Chancellor

Please Note: The application deadline for this post has now passed.


Our Values run through everything that we do. They govern our behaviour and guide us in recognising how we fulfil our vocation as a Cathedral.

Our Values highlight the necessity of working in ways that are motivated by wisdom, responsibility, ethics, and above all, the Christian faith which it is our purpose to proclaim and live out. They reflect the qualities we believe are essential to our life and work as a 21st-century cathedral. In all things, we are inspired, motivated and challenged by the Christian faith and the values of the Gospel.

Our Values are:

Spirituality, Respect, Justice, Collaboration , Sustainability, Welcome, Aspiration

Post Introduction

The Bishop and Chapter are looking for an influential and inspirational Canon Chancellor, following Canon Rosalind Brown’s distinguished service to Durham Cathedral and the wider church. At ‘the best Cathedral on planet earth’ we are seeking a colleague who will play a vital and strategic role in enhancing the governance, leadership and liturgical life of the Cathedral.

You will possess proven theological, strategic and leadership capability and will be passionate about our core purpose, committed to enabling the whole Cathedral community to live our values, deliver our strategic objectives and fulfil our vision.

As a member of Chapter you will draw upon your substantial experience of working at Board level and will work collaboratively with colleagues to build upon the foundations already laid in corporate governance, financial sustainability and project management.

Thriving on working closely with a talented management team of professionals in their own field, you will use your successful track record of strategic and operational leadership, complemented by your personal skills and presence, to engage, influence and inspire those with whom you work.  With energy and resilience you will lead on the external and public facing work of the Cathedral.

Role Responsibility

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

The Ideal Candidate

To be considered for the role of Residentiary Canon and Canon Chancellor you will need to demonstrate that you:

  • Are a priest of the Church of England, of a member church of the Anglican Communion, or of a church in full communion with the Church of England, who has been in priests’ orders for at least 6 years.

  • Hold a (Higher) Degree or equivalent professional qualification, with supporting evidence of continuous ministerial development.

  • Are committed to living out the Five Guiding Principles in your own ministry and that of the Cathedral, and to upholding the Guidelines for the Professional Conduct of the Clergy.

  • Have exercised a significant leadership role in the Church, whether in a parish, diocese or cathedral, or in some other capacity.

  • Are a ‘mission-shaped’ person of prayer, theologically articulate, a stimulating and intelligent preacher, a good pastor and attentive to your own spiritual life.

  • Are a leader of people, with the ability to influence, inspire and engage; are willing to be held accountable and to hold others to account; and regard team-working as the norm.

  • Have worked collaboratively with a Board of Trustees or Governing Body, collectively and individually.

  • Have knowledge and understanding of significant contemporary thinking and writing about public engagement and missiology, particularly in relation to Cathedrals.

  • Are excited about the potential for Cathedrals in mission, value the ethos of cathedral liturgy, are committed to corporate prayer in the Daily Offices, and endorse the quest for excellence in every aspect of the ministry of the Cathedral.

  • Are numerate in Governing Body level financial decision-making and competent in the management of a budget.

  • Have a good working knowledge of ICT, social media, electronic diary and entirely comfortable with digital technology.

About Us

Durham Cathedral is admired across the world for its outstanding architecture and beautiful landscape setting, often cited as the finest Romanesque church in Europe. The celebrated vista of the Castle and Cathedral set high on a wooded peninsula is as unforgettable as the matchless interior of this wonderful building. It is not surprising that the Durham World Heritage Site was one of the first in the UK to be inscribed by UNESCO in 1986.

It is not only heritage and landscape that touches so many people. There are few places in England that are more imbued with the spirit of the saints, in Durham’s case the holy men and women of the Anglo-Saxon North. St Cuthbert’s Shrine is the spiritual heart of the Cathedral.

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