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.
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
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
Diocesan Secretary and Chapter Steward
Rachel was delighted to join the Cathedral in January 2015 as Chapter Steward. In 2017, Rachel additionally took on the role of Diocesan Secretary and Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance whilst remaining the strategic lead at the Cathedral in a role innovative across the Church of England. Rachel grew up in Derby then moved around the UK managing different businesses. She has worked across corporate, charity and third- sector businesses before joining the Church of England. Rachel is also Chair of Trustees at DHA (Direct Help and Advice), The Derby Law Centre.
Tel: 01332 388650
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.
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
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.
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 always wondering where to walk next. Her role as Canon Missioner is to explore, begin conversations and create links. In 2017 she was appointed Sub-Dean. From October 2019 until the installation of a new Dean of Derby, Elizabeth will be Acting Dean.
Tel: 01332 341201
23rd October 2017
The Revd Canon Carol Coslett has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Chesterfield succeeding the Venerable Christine Wilson, who is now Dean of Lincoln Cathedral.
Canon Coslett is currently Rector of the United Benefice of Betchworth and Buckland in the Diocese of Southwark, an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral, as well as serving as an Acting Archdeacon, Assistant Area Dean of Reigate Deanery, and Diocesan Faith in the Countryside Rural Officer. In these roles she has gained a great deal of experience which will assist her in her new position.
Before she was ordained, Carol gained an MA in Music Education and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education at Jesus College Cambridge in Music and Religious Education for Secondary. She went on to train for ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon before serving her curacy in the Diocese of Guildford. In 2007 she became Rector of her present parishes. Carol was appointed Faith in the Countryside Officer in 2011, which involves co-ordinating and networking across the Dioceses of Canterbury, Guildford and Chichester, as well as working across the same dioceses in her role of Chaplain for the Farming Community Network since 2012. She has a keen interest in supporting the presence of the church in communities, and reaching out to those isolated particularly in semi-rural areas.
Carol loves walking, and is looking forward to exploring the Derbyshire countryside with her husband Martin, their two grown up children; David and Clara, and their Jack Russell (Fudge). She also enjoys playing her clarinet, singing, reading, foreign travel, and visits to the opera, theatre and historic houses.
Canon Coslett said, “I am very excited to be joining the Diocese of Derby, especially working with the clergy and parishes of the Chesterfield Archdeaconry. I am particularly impressed by the new developments to use resources within the deaneries and I look forward so much to being able to visit the churches and get to know the communities in this wonderful part of Derbyshire. It will be a real privilege to serve you as we ‘share Christ’s presence in every community’”.
The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, said: “I am delighted that Carol has accepted my invitation to join our team. She brings an impressive range of skills and experience which will be a great gift to the future mission of our diocese.”
Canon Coslett will take up her new position in Spring 2018.
Saturday 9th September 2017
Adventurous participants will get the rare opportunity to abseil from the second highest cathedral tower in the country. Those doing the abseil will climb the 189 steps of the historic 212ft high tower to the top and enjoy perhaps the finest views of Derby city center. They will then make an exciting descent back to the ground by abseiling down the outside of the tower.
Minimum sponsorship option:
Registration Fee: £20
Minimum fundraising target: £100
For more information about this challenge and to discuss fundraising requirements please call the fundraising team on 0800 952 1133 or email at email@example.com.
5th June 2017
Downing Street has this morning (Monday 5th June 2017) announced that The Queen has approved the appointment of The Revd Canon Dr Stephen Hance as the next Dean of Derby. He succeeds The Very Revd John Davies as Dean, following his move to Wells Cathedral in 2016.
Dr Hance is to take up his position later in the year. He currently serves as Canon Missioner of Southwark Cathedral and Director of Mission and Evangelism for the Diocese of Southwark, a position that he has held since 2013. In this role, he has taken a lead on the outward-facing aspects of Southwark Cathedral's ministry and played a key role in developing diocesan mission strategy.
He will be bringing to Derby his years of experience promoting the mission of the Church and growing church congregations. During his time in Southwark he founded the Cathedrals and Growth Network which seeks to share good practice amongst cathedrals and enable them to grow in numbers, depth of faith and impact. He became a member of General Synod in 2015 and has published three books and contributed to others on Mission Action Planning, and sacraments and Fresh Expressions of church. He is currently editing a new book on forgiveness.
Stephen joins Derby Cathedral at an exciting period of change. A major building project to re-lead the nave roof is nearing completion, and follows the renewal of the Cathedral interior two years ago. Further plans for the building include the refurbishment of the unique Compton organ, the replacement of the fixed pews with moveable seating to make the building more accessible for services and events, and the use of digital technology to help visitors discover the historical and spiritual riches of the Cathedral. The project to open Derby Cathedral School, a new Church of England secondary school for the city, is well under way. Stephen will be pivotal in all these exciting developments for the Cathedral and the city of Derby.
9th June 2017
On Thursday 15th June 2017 Derby Cathedral will take part in the event by ringing from 7.30 pm - 8.15 pm, following its evening Corpus Christi Eucharist.
BBC Music Day is returning for its third year on Thursday 15 June 2017, celebrating music’s ability to unite communities across generations, and this year bell-ringers have been asked to play an even bigger role. The sound of bells, with their power to bring communities and generations together, was a feature of last year’s BBC Music Day, with over 200 bellringing groups taking part.
This year's theme is the power of music, and the day will feature broadcasts on BBC TV, Radio and digital services from 6am to midnight. Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Radio and Music explains: "BBC Music Day is a unique opportunity for people to celebrate music and musical talent, whether attending one of the many events taking place or tuning in at home."