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The governing body of York Minster is the Chapter. It is made up of the following people:

 

Acting Dean and Precentor
Residentiary Canons:
Lay Canons:

You can learn more about their roles below.

The Dean and the Residentiary Canons are required to live close to the Minster, and take their turn being ‘in residence’. They are present at Morning and Evening Prayer for the week. The Canon in Residence is on hand to meet pastoral needs, and may be required to chair committees or deputise for the Dean.

The Archbishop of York, The Most Revd & Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu is the bishop of the Diocese of York, which is in his special care. The Diocese of York is an area of land bounded roughly by the North Sea, the River Tees, the A1 and the River Humber.

His throne (Cathedra) is in the Quire of the Minster on the south side. He is the Preacher at Christmas and Easter and uses the Minster for diocesan services but he does not have any responsibility for running the Minster nor is he usually present at our daily services.

Acting Dean and Precentor

The Revd Canon Peter Moger

Peter was appointed Acting Dean following the departure of Dean Vivienne Faull on her appointment as the 57’h Bishop of Bristol. Peter’s role involves planning and organising worship at York Minster – the daily round of services and worship for special occasions -as well as overseeing the Minster’s Music Department. Email.

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Chancellor

The Revd Canon Dr Christopher Collingwood

Christopher leads the Minster’s work of theological reflection, helping us to communicate the gospel to the many thousands, of all ages, who visit the Minster from around the globe.

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Pastor

The Revd Canon Michael Smith

Michael is our ‘first responder’ for pastoral care and represents the Minster in the Deanery of York and in ecumenical networks.

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Lay Canon

Dr Andrew Green

Andrew became a Lay Canon in 2008 and was appointed Canon Treasurer in May 2010. He has overall responsibility to Chapter for finance.

He has spent his career in the manufacturing industry and is currently a Divisional Managing Director of a large plastics recycling and film manufacturing group.

Lay Canon

Dr Julia Winkley

Julia joined Chapter as a Lay Canon in 2011. Having worked for many years as a hospital doctor in oncology she now provides paediatric palliative care at Martin House children’s hospice, and teaches on the Ethics Module at Leeds Medical School.

Lay Canon

Dr Richard Shephard MBE

Richard joined Chapter as a Lay Canon in 2015, having served the Minster in a series of senior roles between 1985 and 2014, including Chamberlain, Headmaster of the Minster School and Director of Development for the York Minster Fund.

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