Alan returned to Derby Cathedral in 2015, having previously been Lay Reader there in the 1990’s. In the intervening years he was an Associate Priest in the Melbourne Benefice of South Derbyshire. As Chaplain he supports the governance work of the Cathedral Chapter by advising and minuting its meetings.

Alan has a long-standing interest and involvement in education, having been a secondary school headteacher, a university honorary research fellow and an internationally recognised writer on education leadership and how school leaders may be sustained in its ethical, moral and spiritual dimensions. He is also a Churchill Fellow. Married to Jean, with two adult sons, they enjoy hill walking together.

Michael joined Derby Cathedral as Head Verger in May 2019.

Michael originally comes from Jarrow in the North East and has many years experience as a Verger, having held the post of Verger at St Paul’s church Knightsbridge, St Leonard’s church Wollaton, and Salisbury Cathedral, he has also worked as Head Verger at Manchester Cathedral and most recently as Head Verger at Nottingham City Parish.
Michael is married to Karen and they have adult, identical twin daughters

Bio for Keeper of the Treasures

Alison was born in Derby and lived in the city until moving away to Bedfordshire in 2005 when her husband (Canon Richard) was appointed as Team Rector of Dunstable.  Alison worked in Derby for many years as a mental health occupational therapist, a role she continued with when living in Dunstable.  She is a keen gardener and flower arranger, as well as enjoying other creative interests such as sewing.  Since becoming a member of the cathedral congregation Alison has joined the Serving team and the Social Committee.  She is pleased to return to her home city where she still has family members.

Bio for Head Server

Tim has worshipped at the Cathedral for ten years and now leads the team of lay volunteers who assist the clergy in both regular and special services. He is also involved in several other areas of Cathedral life and is currently custodian of the Bridge Chapel. Away from the Cathedral he, and his wife Carol, manage their massive garden and enjoy walking, cycling, holidays and the odd pint of real ale.

Director of Music

Alexander joined Derby Cathedral as Director of Music in April 2019, where he is responsible for the operation of the Cathedral’s Music Department and directing the Cathedral Choir. Before moving to Derby Alexander spent three years as Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Suffolk.

Alexander is a prize winning graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied the organ with David Titterington and Susan Landale and conducting with Patrick Russill and Paul Brough. Alongside his studies at the Academy Alexander held the organ scholarships at Southwark Cathedral, the Royal Hospital Chelsea and St Marylebone Parish Church. Prior to studies in London Alexander held the organ scholarship at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. As an organist Alexander has performed at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Festival Hall, Snape Maltings and abroad in France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Poland and the Netherlands. He has played with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Monteverdi String Band and performed under the batons of Marin Alsop, Gianandrea Noseda and Trevor Pinnock.

Alexander is married to Dora, a professional violinist, and they have a one year old son, Peter. Dora and Alexander co-founded the Apollon Duo, a violin and organ duo which explores the repertoire for this seldom heard combination of instruments.

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