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Members of Cathedral Chapter

Music Department

Vergers

Commercial Enterprises

Administration

Dean of Derby

Tel: 01332 341201
Email: dean@derbycathedral.org

Canon Missioner

Elizabeth came to Derby in 2014 from a team parish in Witney and an earlier curacy in Somerset; originally from Edinburgh, she is gradually working her way north. Before she was ordained she taught English in schools in Edinburgh and Wells. She has walked to Santiago de Compostela twice and is wondering where to walk next. Her role as Canon Missioner is to explore, begin conversations and create links.

Tel: 01332 341201
Email: missioner@derbycathedral.org

Canon Precentor

Chris joined the Cathedral in March 2014: a Parish Priest for 30 years, mostly in Salisbury Diocese, he also held a portfolio for supporting parishes in Church Music in Worship. He is a musician, having sung in numerous choirs (including Christ Church Oxford, the Tallis Scholars and the Sherborne Chamber Choir), composes music, plays the violin and piano, and has an eclectic taste in music. He is married to Liz (a primary school Headteacher). They have four grown-up children, and three grandchildren. He also enjoys walking, cycling, reading, family get-togethers, drama and travelling.

Tel: 01332 341201
Email: precentor@derbycathedral.org

Canon Chancellor

Simon became Canon Chancellor in 2012, following ten years as a parish priest in the Diocese of Bristol.  As well as being a member of Chapter, Simon is the Safeguarding Lead for the Cathedral.  He has additional roles in the Deanery and Diocese. Simon is the Area Dean for Derby City Deanery, which brings together all the Church of England parishes in the city.  He is also Director of Curate Training for the Diocese, supporting those new to ordained ministry across Derbyshire.  He has published two books: How to Read the Bible (without switching off your brain) (SPCK, 2015) and Imitation and Scapegoats (Grove, 2016).  Both are available from the Cathedral Bookshop.  Married with two children, Simon enjoys Dr Who, real ale and walking in Derbyshire.

Tel: 01332 388650
Email: simon.taylor@derby.anglican.org

Diocesan Canon

Sue, born in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, was one of the first women priests to be ordained in Wales. A former Midland Bank employee and trainee teacher, she has been chaplain at Swansea University and Director of Pastoral studies at St Michael's College in Llandaff, Cardiff.

She also served in the Parish of Bangor as associated priest and Director of the St Seiriol Centre for Christian discipleship and ministry before taking on the role of Dean of Bangor in 2011, making her the first female Dean in the Church of Wales. Susan also serves as Director of Mission and Ministry within the Diocese of Derby.

Tel: 01332 388650
Email: susan.jones@derby.anglican.org

Lay member of Chapter

Mark is a lay member of the Chapter and Chair of the Chapter’s finance committee, as well as being a former Warden of the Cathedral. He is also treasurer of Edensor Parish in the Peak District, where he lives. He is, in addition, Executive Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance.

 

Lay member of Chapter

David joined the chapter in March 2010. He was High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 2006-7 and has since taken a keen interest in the Cathedral. He is a Chartered Surveyor in general practice and combines this with farming and landowning interests at Cubley where he and his family have lived for 30 years.

David is married to Jane,a non-stipendiary priest in the South Dales & Longford 8 benefices. They have four children and three grandchildren. If ever marooned on a desert island, David would insist on a guitar as his luxury.

Lay member of Chapter

Val has worshipped at Derby Cathedral since 1987 and became a lay member of the Chapter in April 2014. Val is the mother of two sons who were both head choristers in the Cathedral Choir and she also sings with the Cathedral Voluntary Choir.

Before retirement, Val worked with children with special educational needs in both mainstream and special schools and was a school governor. When not at the Cathedral, she loves spending time with her grandchildren, enjoys bird-watching and visiting National Trust properties.

Diocesan Secretary and Chapter Steward

Rachel was delighted to join the Cathedral in January 2015 as Chapter Steward.  She lived in Derby until she was 18 then moved around the UK managing different businesses.  Prior to the Cathedral she worked for YMCA for 9 years managing diverse operations and governance.  Rachel is also a Board Member and trustee at Midlands Community Finance. She lives in Derby enjoys live music and is a regular at Derby County games.

Tel: 01332 341201
Email: rachel@derbycathedral.org

University Chaplain

Adam joined Derby Cathedral in the Spring of 2014. The main focus of his work is as Anglican Chaplain at the University. Prior to arriving, Adam was in Dorset where he had been living as part of two different Christian communities, latterly at Hilfield Friary with the Anglican Franciscans, and prior to that at The Pilsdon Community, living alongside those struggling with poor mental health, addiction, and homelessness. He has also worked in parishes in inner-city Portsmouth and Worcestershire. Adam is married to Teresa and enjoys many things in life including the countryside, sport, and the arts (both high and low culture!)

Tel: 01332 591878
Email: a.dickens@derby.ac.uk 

 

Director of Music

Hugh Morris joined the Cathedral team in January 2015. He leads the music department and is much enjoying immersing himself in the life of the Cathedral and city. An experienced and accomplished choir trainer, organist, and trained teacher, with a passion for a wide range of music both sacred and secular, he has worked in a number of different Cathedrals, churches and schools up and down the country, including Salisbury Cathedral, Hexham Abbey, and, most recently, Christchurch Priory. He particularly enjoys working with young people, which is now largely with the two teams of choristers in the Cathedral choirs.

Hugh is married to Sarah, a part-time GP. They have two daughters aged 8 and 10, both of whom also love music. When not at work Hugh enjoys eating Sarah's excellent cooking, pulling on walking boots and heading off into the countryside, and DIY.

Tel: 01332 341201
Email: hugh@derbycathedral.org

Assistant Director of Music

Edward joined the staff at Derby Cathedral in September 2017, having previously held posts at Worcester College Oxford, Tewkesbury Abbey, Dean Close School Cheltenham and Southwell Minster. His role at the Cathedral involves assisting Hugh in the administration of the Music Department, playing the organ for most choral services, teaching the choristers and directing the Voluntary Choir. Edward also directs the University Choir, and accompanies Bingham and district Choral Society. Having been a chorister himself, he has a particular passion for the music of the Anglican liturgy. When he isn’t practising or answering emails, he can often be found drinking, eating, walking, or any combination of the above.

Tel: 01332 341201
Email: edward@derbycathedral.org

Ringing Master

Martin moved to Derby in 2012 to take up a lectureship at the university and then joined the local band of bell ringers at the Cathedral. In January 2015 he was appointed to the post of Ringing Master. Martin learnt to ring as a youngster at Wells Cathedral in Somerset some fifty years ago and is now getting the hang of it! His wife Maggie is also a keen bell ringer and they spend their spare time enjoying mountainous parts of the world and training for triathlons.  

Head Verger

Tel: 01332 341201
Email: deansverger@derbycathedral.org

Canons' Verger

Mat has worked at the Cathedral since March 2005. Mat looks after the building, keeping it clean and tidy as well as setting up and taking part in the daily round of services. Mat's role also involves assisting the Clergy on a day-to-day basis. 

Mat originally trained as a chef and worked in the Hospitality industry until starting at the Cathedral. 

Mat was baptised and confirmed after joining the Cathedral which he says was "a great experience" making him feel "much more a part of the Christian faith & community." 

Mat's interests outside of work include walking, playing snooker and going to the Cinema and when time allows, Mat is a keen golf player. 

 

Verger

Dave has been a member of the Cathedral congregation for 12 years, firstly in the pews and then as a server.  From 2011 until the present day Dave has worked as a part-time Verger.

Dave enjoys spending time on his allotment, loves travelling and is a keen Derby County supporter.

Joe Grimoldby

Appointed in February 2015, Joe originally joined the Cathedral as an apprentice before obtaining a permanent position. He is one of the Church of England's youngest employees. A Derbeian to the core, he is proud to be a part of the Vergers team. 

Cathedral Bookshop Manager

Peter opened Derby Cathedral bookshop on 18th June 2012. He has over 28 years’ experience of working in the Christian books and gifts field in Derby city centre alone and joined us following the closure of Wesley Owen. Peter is passionate about ensuring that Derby retains a Christian bookshop, believing (as we all do) that it provides a much valued service to Derby, Derbyshire and beyond.

Tel: 01332 227660
Email: peter.goddard@derbycathedral.org

Cathedral Café Manager

Simon opened the refurbished Cathedral Café on 28th June 2012. He has lived and worked in London as a chef for 26 years before deciding to relocate to Derby, his childhood home. Simon specialises in soups, cakes and quiches and his reputation for good quality homemade food is beginning to spread!

Tel: 01332 341201
Email: simon@derbycathedral.org

Bookshop Assistant

Mandy has worked in the Christian books field for over 4 years, and in the retail industry (pharmacy) for over 20 years. Mandy enjoys playing the piano, and lists DIY among her hobbies.

Bookshop Assistant

Tel: 01332 227660

Café Assistant

Café Apprentice

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Cathedral Office: 01332 341201

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Email: office@derbycathedral.org

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